How to identify the datasource I’m using

To correctly set up an instance, cloud-init must correctly identify the cloud it is on. Therefore, knowing which datasource is being used on an instance launch can aid in debugging.

To find out which datasource is being used run the cloud-id command:


This will tell you which datasource is being used – for example:


If the cloud-id is not what is expected, then running the ds-identify script in debug mode and providing that in a bug report can aid in resolving any issues:

sudo DEBUG_LEVEL=2 DI_LOG=stderr /usr/lib/cloud-init/ds-identify --force

The force parameter allows the command to be run again since the instance has already launched. The other options increase the verbosity of logging and outputs the logs to STDERR.