Visualizing Heat stacks

Tue 02 September 2014 by Lars Kellogg-Stedman Tags openstack heat

I spent some time today learning about Heat autoscaling groups, which are incredibly nifty but a little opaque from the Heat command line, since commands such as heat resource-list don't recurse into nested stacks. It is possible to introspect these resources (you can pass the physical resource id of a nested stack to heat resource-list, for example)...

...but I really like visualizing things, so I wrote a quick hack called dotstack that will generate dot language output from a Heat stack. You can process this with Graphviz to produce output like this, in which graph nodes are automatically colorized by resource type:

Or like this, in which each node contains information about its resource type and physical resource id:

The source code is available on github.