Uninstall Longhorn

In this section, you’ll learn how to uninstall Longhorn.

Prerequisite

To prevent Longhorn from being accidentally uninstalled (which leads to data lost), we introduce a new setting, deleting-confirmation-flag. If this flag is false, the Longhorn uninstallation job will fail. Set this flag to true to allow Longhorn uninstallation. You can set this flag using setting page in Longhorn UI or kubectl -n longhorn-system patch -p '{"value": "true"}' --type=merge lhs deleting-confirmation-flag

To prevent damage to the Kubernetes cluster, we recommend deleting all Kubernetes workloads using Longhorn volumes (PersistentVolume, PersistentVolumeClaim, StorageClass, Deployment, StatefulSet, DaemonSet, etc).

Uninstalling Longhorn from the Rancher UI

From Rancher UI, navigate to Catalog Apps tab and delete Longhorn app.

Uninstalling Longhorn using Helm

Run this command:

helm uninstall longhorn -n longhorn-system

Uninstalling Longhorn using kubectl

  1. Create the uninstallation job to clean up CRDs from the system and wait for success:

    kubectl create -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/longhorn/longhorn/v1.4.0/uninstall/uninstall.yaml
    kubectl get job/longhorn-uninstall -n longhorn-system -w
    

    Example output:

    $ kubectl create -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/longhorn/longhorn/v1.4.0/uninstall/uninstall.yaml
    serviceaccount/longhorn-uninstall-service-account created
    clusterrole.rbac.authorization.k8s.io/longhorn-uninstall-role created
    clusterrolebinding.rbac.authorization.k8s.io/longhorn-uninstall-bind created
    job.batch/longhorn-uninstall created
    
    $ kubectl get job/longhorn-uninstall -n default -w
    NAME                 COMPLETIONS   DURATION   AGE
    longhorn-uninstall   0/1           3s         3s
    longhorn-uninstall   1/1           20s        20s
    
  2. Remove remaining components:

    kubectl delete -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/longhorn/longhorn/v1.4.0/deploy/longhorn.yaml
    kubectl delete -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/longhorn/longhorn/v1.4.0/uninstall/uninstall.yaml
    

Tip: If you try kubectl delete -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/longhorn/longhorn/v1.4.0/deploy/longhorn.yaml first and get stuck there, pressing Ctrl C then running kubectl create -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/longhorn/longhorn/v1.4.0/uninstall/uninstall.yaml can also help you remove Longhorn. Finally, don’t forget to cleanup remaining components.

Troubleshooting

Uninstalling using Rancher UI or Helm failed, I am not sure why

You might want to check the logs of the longhorn-uninstall-xxx pod inside longhorn-system namespace to see why it failed. One reason can be that deleting-confirmation-flag is false. You can set it to true by using setting page in Longhorn UI or kubectl -n longhorn-system patch -p '{"value": "true"}' --type=merge lhs deleting-confirmation-flag then retry the Helm/Rancher uninstallation.

If the uninstallation was an accident (you don’t actually want to uninstall Longhorn), you can cancel the uninstallation as the following.

  1. If you use Rancher UI to deploy Longhorn
    1. Open a kubectl shell on Rancher UI
    2. Find the latest revision of Longhorn release
      > helm list -n longhorn-system -a
      NAME            NAMESPACE       REVISION        UPDATED                                 STATUS          CHART                                   APP VERSION
      longhorn        longhorn-system 2               2022-10-14 01:22:36.929130451 +0000 UTC uninstalling    longhorn-100.2.3+up1.3.2-rc1            v1.3.2-rc1
      longhorn-crd    longhorn-system 3               2022-10-13 22:19:05.976625081 +0000 UTC deployed        longhorn-crd-100.2.3+up1.3.2-rc1        v1.3.2-rc1
      
    3. Rollback to the latest revision
      > helm rollback longhorn 2 -n longhorn-system
      checking 22 resources for changes
      ...
      Rollback was a success! Happy Helming!
      
  2. If you use Helm deploy Longhorn
    1. Open a kubectl terminal
    2. Find the latest revision of Longhorn release
      ➜ helm list --namespace longhorn-system -a
      NAME            NAMESPACE       REVISION        UPDATED                                 STATUS          CHART                   APP VERSION
      longhorn        longhorn-system 1               2022-10-14 13:45:25.341292504 -0700 PDT uninstalling    longhorn-1.4.0-dev      v1.4.0-dev
      
    3. Rollback to the latest revision
      ➜  helm rollback longhorn 1 -n longhorn-system
      Rollback was a success! Happy Helming!
      

I deleted the Longhorn App from Rancher UI instead of following the uninstallation procedure

Redeploy the (same version) Longhorn App. Follow the uninstallation procedure above.

Problems with CRDs

If your CRD instances or the CRDs themselves can’t be deleted for whatever reason, run the commands below to clean up. Caution: this will wipe all Longhorn state!

# Delete CRD finalizers, instances and definitions
for crd in $(kubectl get crd -o jsonpath={.items[*].metadata.name} | tr ' ' '\n' | grep longhorn.rancher.io); do
  kubectl -n ${NAMESPACE} get $crd -o yaml | sed "s/\- longhorn.rancher.io//g" | kubectl apply -f -
  kubectl -n ${NAMESPACE} delete $crd --all
  kubectl delete crd/$crd
done

Volume can be attached/detached from UI, but Kubernetes Pod/StatefulSet etc cannot use it

Check if volume plugin directory has been set correctly. This is automatically detected unless user explicitly set it. Note: The FlexVolume plugin is deprecated as of Longhorn v0.8.0 and should no longer be used.

By default, Kubernetes uses /usr/libexec/kubernetes/kubelet-plugins/volume/exec/, as stated in the official document.

Some vendors choose to change the directory for various reasons. For example, GKE uses /home/kubernetes/flexvolume instead.

User can find the correct directory by running ps aux|grep kubelet on the host and check the --volume-plugin-dir parameter. If there is none, the default /usr/libexec/kubernetes/kubelet-plugins/volume/exec/ will be used.


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