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In OpenStack installations, the default and main auth is Keystone (see http://docs.openstack.org/developer/keystone/). The swauth is used in standalone Swift installations without the rest of OpenStack. The TempAuth is used in testing and in stub installations where Swift only has 1 app client.

In OpenStack installations, the default and main auth is Keystone (see http://docs.openstack.org/developer/keystone/). Keystone stores credentials in main MySQL server of the cluster, or, alternatively, in a dedicated SQLite database. The swauth is used in standalone Swift installations without the rest of OpenStack. It stores credentials within Swift itself. The TempAuth is used in testing and in stub installations where Swift only has 1 app client.client. It uses passwords defined in proxy-server.conf.