Tags and metadata

Modified: 20 Mar 2018 13:47 UTC

Tags and metadata can both be used to help describe an instance or configure its properties.

Comparison chart

Tags and metadata differ in how they're used within Triton, how they're managed via the APIs, and how they're best used.

Data Type Purpose Mange with Accessible within instances
tags Identify an instance externally and use as instance selection criteria Portal, CloudAPI no
metadata Insert data within an instance, such as environment variables Portal, CloudAPI, metadata client (mdata-* commands) yes

To create or modify tags with triton, the user must have the proper permissions and keys. Metadata can be modified within an instance without the need for permissions or keys.

Learn more about the use cases for tags and metadata.