Designate Contributors


Designate is a service that manages DNS Zones and Recordsets. It supports multiple DNS Servers, and DNS Service Providers, making it vital for any network or web-based application.

They need contributors to help find and fix bugs, develop new features, and help maintain the quality of the project, including cross-project initiatives. Designate is quite stable, with any new features requiring long term planning, design, and phased implementation.

Designate welcomes everyone, from someone starting in the community to senior contributors who want new, interesting problems to tackle. Contributors will get to work on a project that will be a central part of any OpenStack deployment and work on a project that needs to scale from a small single node install to a system controlling DNS servers worldwide.



DNS is fundamental in gracefully directing users and applications to services. It allows the flexibility to replace underlying hardware while presenting consumers with a consistent endpoint. Designate provides this flexibility to operators and end users.

Designate supports a wide range of drivers for various DNS servers and providers, which allows deployers to integrate Designate into pre-existing DNS infrastructures.


Self-serviceability is a core tenet of OpenStack technical vision. Designate helps OpenStack clouds adhere to that principle by exposing DNS functionality directly to end-users. Designate allows cloud operators to delegate the control of DNS zones to end users, to avoid complex ticket based workflows for DNS updates.

User Experience

When end users are building applications in a cloud native way, relying on external tooling to provision DNS entries adds complexity. With the advancement of IPv6, services required to have DNS entries, to avoid application user confusion.

Designate adds an important part of the value add for cloud infrastructure, and ensures that OpenStack has feature parity with other cloud providers.


Designate integrates with many other tools to allow for zero touch management of DNS Zones and Records. The integration with neutron allows admins to have PTR records (for reverse DNS lookups) managed for Floating IP ranges, without giving direct privileged access to the reverse zone to users.

Tools like letsencrypt certbot allow for auto provisioning of SSL certs using DNS-01 validation, while tools like Heat, Terraform and Ansible allow for the provisioning of DNS Zones and Records to be integrated into pre-existing workflows for applications.

Kubernetes external-dns support adds simple annotation based DNS management for applications running in kubernetes clusters with load balancers or ingress support.


The OpenStack community continues to evolve, and this evolution requires large cross-project initiatives. Furthermore, users and operators expect consistency across the OpenStack platform. Examples from recent history include OpenStack-wide support for Python 3 and easing operator pain by moving policy configuration into code. Ensuring Designate stays up-to-date with these initiatives is imperative in reducing operational costs, complexity, and user frustration.


If you are interested, please join #openstack-dns on OFTC or contact the Designate PTL (Graham Hayes - mugsie), the Technical Committee sponsor (TBD). You may also email the openstack discuss mailing list with the tag [designate] in the subject.