Configuration options #

You can either use a config.yml file in the root directory of vikunja or set all config option with environment variables. If you have both, the value set in the config file is used.

Variables are nested in the config.yml, these nested variables become VIKUNJA_FIRST_CHILD when configuring via environment variables. So setting

export VIKUNJA_FIRST_CHILD=true

is the same as defining it in a config.yml like so:

first:
    child: true

Formats #

Vikunja supports using toml, yaml, hcl, ini, json, envfile, env variables and Java Properties files. We reccomend yaml or toml, but you’re free to use whatever you want.

Vikunja provides a default config.yml file which you can use as a starting point.

Config file locations #

Vikunja will search on various places for a config file:

  • Next to the location of the binary
  • In the service.rootpath location set in a config (remember you can set config arguments via environment variables)
  • In /etc/vikunja
  • In ~/.config/vikunja

Default configuration with explanations #

The following explains all possible config variables and their defaults. You can find a full example configuration file in here.

If you don’t provide a value in your config file, their default will be used.

Nesting #

Most config variables are nested under some “higher-level” key. For example, the interface config variable is a child of the service key.

The docs below aim to reflect that leveling, but please also have a lookt at the default config file to better grasp how the nesting looks like.


service #

JWTSecret #

This token is used to verify issued JWT tokens. Default is a random token which will be generated at each startup of vikunja. (This means all already issued tokens will be invalid once you restart vikunja)

Default: <jwt-secret>

Full path: service.JWTSecret

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_JWT_SECRET

interface #

The interface on which to run the webserver

Default: :3456

Full path: service.interface

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_INTERFACE

unixsocket #

Path to Unix socket. If set, it will be created and used instead of tcp

Default: <empty>

Full path: service.unixsocket

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_UNIXSOCKET

unixsocketmode #

Permission bits for the Unix socket. Note that octal values must be prefixed by “0o”, e.g. 0o660

Default: <empty>

Full path: service.unixsocketmode

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_UNIXSOCKETMODE

frontendurl #

The URL of the frontend, used to send password reset emails.

Default: <empty>

Full path: service.frontendurl

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_FRONTENDURL

rootpath #

The base path on the file system where the binary and assets are. Vikunja will also look in this path for a config file, so you could provide only this variable to point to a folder with a config file which will then be used.

Default: <rootpath>

Full path: service.rootpath

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_ROOTPATH

maxitemsperpage #

The max number of items which can be returned per page

Default: 50

Full path: service.maxitemsperpage

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_MAXITEMSPERPAGE

enablecaldav #

Enable the caldav endpoint, see the docs for more details

Default: true

Full path: service.enablecaldav

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_ENABLECALDAV

motd #

Set the motd message, available from the /info endpoint

Default: <empty>

Full path: service.motd

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_MOTD

enablelinksharing #

Enable sharing of lists via a link

Default: true

Full path: service.enablelinksharing

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_ENABLELINKSHARING

enableregistration #

Whether to let new users registering themselves or not

Default: true

Full path: service.enableregistration

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_ENABLEREGISTRATION

enabletaskattachments #

Whether to enable task attachments or not

Default: true

Full path: service.enabletaskattachments

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_ENABLETASKATTACHMENTS

timezone #

The time zone all timestamps are in. Please note that time zones have to use the official tz database names. UTC or GMT offsets won’t work.

Default: GMT

Full path: service.timezone

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_TIMEZONE

enabletaskcomments #

Whether task comments should be enabled or not

Default: true

Full path: service.enabletaskcomments

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_ENABLETASKCOMMENTS

enabletotp #

Whether totp is enabled. In most cases you want to leave that enabled.

Default: true

Full path: service.enabletotp

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_ENABLETOTP

sentrydsn #

If not empty, enables logging of crashes and unhandled errors in sentry.

Default: <empty>

Full path: service.sentrydsn

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_SENTRYDSN

testingtoken #

If not empty, this will enable /test/{table} endpoints which allow to put any content in the database. Used to reset the db before frontend tests. Because this is quite a dangerous feature allowing for lots of harm, each request made to this endpoint neefs to provide an Authorization: <token> header with the token from below.
You should never use this unless you know exactly what you’re doing

Default: <empty>

Full path: service.testingtoken

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_TESTINGTOKEN

enableemailreminders #

If enabled, vikunja will send an email to everyone who is either assigned to a task or created it when a task reminder is due.

Default: true

Full path: service.enableemailreminders

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_ENABLEEMAILREMINDERS

enableuserdeletion #

If true, will allow users to request the complete deletion of their account. When using external authentication methods it may be required to coordinate with them in order to delete the account. This setting will not affect the cli commands for user deletion.

Default: true

Full path: service.enableuserdeletion

Environment path: VIKUNJA_SERVICE_ENABLEUSERDELETION


database #

type #

Database type to use. Supported types are mysql, postgres and sqlite.

Default: sqlite

Full path: database.type

Environment path: VIKUNJA_DATABASE_TYPE

user #

Database user which is used to connect to the database.

Default: vikunja

Full path: database.user

Environment path: VIKUNJA_DATABASE_USER

password #

Databse password

Default: <empty>

Full path: database.password

Environment path: VIKUNJA_DATABASE_PASSWORD

host #

Databse host

Default: localhost

Full path: database.host

Environment path: VIKUNJA_DATABASE_HOST

database #

Databse to use

Default: vikunja

Full path: database.database

Environment path: VIKUNJA_DATABASE_DATABASE

path #

When using sqlite, this is the path where to store the data

Default: ./vikunja.db

Full path: database.path

Environment path: VIKUNJA_DATABASE_PATH

maxopenconnections #

Sets the max open connections to the database. Only used when using mysql and postgres.

Default: 100

Full path: database.maxopenconnections

Environment path: VIKUNJA_DATABASE_MAXOPENCONNECTIONS

maxidleconnections #

Sets the maximum number of idle connections to the db.

Default: 50

Full path: database.maxidleconnections

Environment path: VIKUNJA_DATABASE_MAXIDLECONNECTIONS

maxconnectionlifetime #

The maximum lifetime of a single db connection in miliseconds.

Default: 10000

Full path: database.maxconnectionlifetime

Environment path: VIKUNJA_DATABASE_MAXCONNECTIONLIFETIME

sslmode #

Secure connection mode. Only used with postgres. (see https://pkg.go.dev/github.com/lib/pq?tab=doc#hdr-Connection_String_Parameters)

Default: disable

Full path: database.sslmode

Environment path: VIKUNJA_DATABASE_SSLMODE

tls #

Enable SSL/TLS for mysql connections. Options: false, true, skip-verify, preferred

Default: false

Full path: database.tls

Environment path: VIKUNJA_DATABASE_TLS


cache #

enabled #

If cache is enabled or not

Default: false

Full path: cache.enabled

Environment path: VIKUNJA_CACHE_ENABLED

type #

Cache type. Possible values are “keyvalue”, “memory” or “redis”. When choosing “keyvalue” this setting follows the one configured in the “keyvalue” section. When choosing “redis” you will need to configure the redis connection seperately.

Default: keyvalue

Full path: cache.type

Environment path: VIKUNJA_CACHE_TYPE

maxelementsize #

When using memory this defines the maximum size an element can take

Default: 1000

Full path: cache.maxelementsize

Environment path: VIKUNJA_CACHE_MAXELEMENTSIZE


redis #

enabled #

Whether to enable redis or not

Default: false

Full path: redis.enabled

Environment path: VIKUNJA_REDIS_ENABLED

host #

The host of the redis server including its port.

Default: localhost:6379

Full path: redis.host

Environment path: VIKUNJA_REDIS_HOST

password #

The password used to authenicate against the redis server

Default: <empty>

Full path: redis.password

Environment path: VIKUNJA_REDIS_PASSWORD

db #

0 means default database

Default: 0

Full path: redis.db

Environment path: VIKUNJA_REDIS_DB


cors #

enable #

Whether to enable or disable cors headers. Note: If you want to put the frontend and the api on seperate domains or ports, you will need to enable this. Otherwise the frontend won’t be able to make requests to the api through the browser.

Default: true

Full path: cors.enable

Environment path: VIKUNJA_CORS_ENABLE

origins #

A list of origins which may access the api. These need to include the protocol (http:// or https://) and port, if any.

Default: <empty>

Full path: cors.origins

Environment path: VIKUNJA_CORS_ORIGINS

maxage #

How long (in seconds) the results of a preflight request can be cached.

Default: 0

Full path: cors.maxage

Environment path: VIKUNJA_CORS_MAXAGE


mailer #

enabled #

Whether to enable the mailer or not. If it is disabled, all users are enabled right away and password reset is not possible.

Default: false

Full path: mailer.enabled

Environment path: VIKUNJA_MAILER_ENABLED

host #

SMTP Host

Default: <empty>

Full path: mailer.host

Environment path: VIKUNJA_MAILER_HOST

port #

SMTP Host port

Default: 587

Full path: mailer.port

Environment path: VIKUNJA_MAILER_PORT

username #

SMTP username

Default: user

Full path: mailer.username

Environment path: VIKUNJA_MAILER_USERNAME

password #

SMTP password

Default: <empty>

Full path: mailer.password

Environment path: VIKUNJA_MAILER_PASSWORD

skiptlsverify #

Wether to skip verification of the tls certificate on the server

Default: false

Full path: mailer.skiptlsverify

Environment path: VIKUNJA_MAILER_SKIPTLSVERIFY

fromemail #

The default from address when sending emails

Default: mail@vikunja

Full path: mailer.fromemail

Environment path: VIKUNJA_MAILER_FROMEMAIL

queuelength #

The length of the mail queue.

Default: 100

Full path: mailer.queuelength

Environment path: VIKUNJA_MAILER_QUEUELENGTH

queuetimeout #

The timeout in seconds after which the current open connection to the mailserver will be closed.

Default: 30

Full path: mailer.queuetimeout

Environment path: VIKUNJA_MAILER_QUEUETIMEOUT

forcessl #

By default, vikunja will try to connect with starttls, use this option to force it to use ssl.

Default: false

Full path: mailer.forcessl

Environment path: VIKUNJA_MAILER_FORCESSL


log #

path #

A folder where all the logfiles should go.

Default: <rootpath>logs

Full path: log.path

Environment path: VIKUNJA_LOG_PATH

enabled #

Whether to show any logging at all or none

Default: true

Full path: log.enabled

Environment path: VIKUNJA_LOG_ENABLED

standard #

Where the normal log should go. Possible values are stdout, stderr, file or off to disable standard logging.

Default: stdout

Full path: log.standard

Environment path: VIKUNJA_LOG_STANDARD

level #

Change the log level. Possible values (case-insensitive) are CRITICAL, ERROR, WARNING, NOTICE, INFO, DEBUG.

Default: INFO

Full path: log.level

Environment path: VIKUNJA_LOG_LEVEL

database #

Whether or not to log database queries. Useful for debugging. Possible values are stdout, stderr, file or off to disable database logging.

Default: off

Full path: log.database

Environment path: VIKUNJA_LOG_DATABASE

databaselevel #

The log level for database log messages. Possible values (case-insensitive) are CRITICAL, ERROR, WARNING, NOTICE, INFO, DEBUG.

Default: WARNING

Full path: log.databaselevel

Environment path: VIKUNJA_LOG_DATABASELEVEL

http #

Whether to log http requests or not. Possible values are stdout, stderr, file or off to disable http logging.

Default: stdout

Full path: log.http

Environment path: VIKUNJA_LOG_HTTP

echo #

Echo has its own logging which usually is unnessecary, which is why it is disabled by default. Possible values are stdout, stderr, file or off to disable standard logging.

Default: off

Full path: log.echo

Environment path: VIKUNJA_LOG_ECHO

events #

Whether or not to log events. Useful for debugging. Possible values are stdout, stderr, file or off to disable events logging.

Default: stdout

Full path: log.events

Environment path: VIKUNJA_LOG_EVENTS

eventslevel #

The log level for event log messages. Possible values (case-insensitive) are ERROR, INFO, DEBUG.

Default: info

Full path: log.eventslevel

Environment path: VIKUNJA_LOG_EVENTSLEVEL


ratelimit #

enabled #

whether or not to enable the rate limit

Default: false

Full path: ratelimit.enabled

Environment path: VIKUNJA_RATELIMIT_ENABLED

kind #

The kind on which rates are based. Can be either “user” for a rate limit per user or “ip” for an ip-based rate limit.

Default: user

Full path: ratelimit.kind

Environment path: VIKUNJA_RATELIMIT_KIND

period #

The time period in seconds for the limit

Default: 60

Full path: ratelimit.period

Environment path: VIKUNJA_RATELIMIT_PERIOD

limit #

The max number of requests a user is allowed to do in the configured time period

Default: 100

Full path: ratelimit.limit

Environment path: VIKUNJA_RATELIMIT_LIMIT

store #

The store where the limit counter for each user is stored. Possible values are “keyvalue”, “memory” or “redis”. When choosing “keyvalue” this setting follows the one configured in the “keyvalue” section.

Default: keyvalue

Full path: ratelimit.store

Environment path: VIKUNJA_RATELIMIT_STORE


files #

basepath #

The path where files are stored

Default: ./files

Full path: files.basepath

Environment path: VIKUNJA_FILES_BASEPATH

maxsize #

The maximum size of a file, as a human-readable string. Warning: The max size is limited 2^64-1 bytes due to the underlying datatype

Default: 20MB

Full path: files.maxsize

Environment path: VIKUNJA_FILES_MAXSIZE


migration #

wunderlist #

These are the settings for the wunderlist migrator

Default: <empty>

Full path: migration.wunderlist

Environment path: VIKUNJA_MIGRATION_WUNDERLIST

todoist #

Default: <empty>

Full path: migration.todoist

Environment path: VIKUNJA_MIGRATION_TODOIST

trello #

Default: <empty>

Full path: migration.trello

Environment path: VIKUNJA_MIGRATION_TRELLO

microsofttodo #

Default: <empty>

Full path: migration.microsofttodo

Environment path: VIKUNJA_MIGRATION_MICROSOFTTODO


avatar #

gravatarexpiration #

When using gravatar, this is the duration in seconds until a cached gravatar user avatar expires

Default: 3600

Full path: avatar.gravatarexpiration

Environment path: VIKUNJA_AVATAR_GRAVATAREXPIRATION


backgrounds #

enabled #

Whether to enable backgrounds for lists at all.

Default: true

Full path: backgrounds.enabled

Environment path: VIKUNJA_BACKGROUNDS_ENABLED

providers #

Default: <empty>

Full path: backgrounds.providers

Environment path: VIKUNJA_BACKGROUNDS_PROVIDERS


Legal urls Will be shown in the frontend if configured here

imprinturl #

Default: <empty>

Full path: legal.imprinturl

Environment path: VIKUNJA_LEGAL_IMPRINTURL

privacyurl #

Default: <empty>

Full path: legal.privacyurl

Environment path: VIKUNJA_LEGAL_PRIVACYURL


keyvalue #

Key Value Storage settings The Key Value Storage is used for different kinds of things like metrics and a few cache systems.

type #

The type of the storage backend. Can be either “memory” or “redis”. If “redis” is chosen it needs to be configured seperately.

Default: memory

Full path: keyvalue.type

Environment path: VIKUNJA_KEYVALUE_TYPE


auth #

local #

Local authentication will let users log in and register (if enabled) through the db. This is the default auth mechanism and does not require any additional configuration.

Default: <empty>

Full path: auth.local

Environment path: VIKUNJA_AUTH_LOCAL

openid #

OpenID configuration will allow users to authenticate through a third-party OpenID Connect compatible provider.
The provider needs to support the openid, profile and email scopes.
Note: Some openid providers (like gitlab) only make the email of the user available through openid claims if they have set it to be publicly visible. If the email is not public in those cases, authenticating will fail. Note 2: The frontend expects to be redirected after authentication by the third party to /auth/openid/. Please make sure to configure the redirect url with your third party auth service accordingy if you’re using the default vikunja frontend. Take a look at the default config file for more information about how to configure openid authentication.

Default: <empty>

Full path: auth.openid

Environment path: VIKUNJA_AUTH_OPENID


metrics #

Prometheus metrics endpoint

enabled #

If set to true, enables a /metrics endpoint for prometheus to collect metrics about Vikunja.

Default: false

Full path: metrics.enabled

Environment path: VIKUNJA_METRICS_ENABLED

username #

If set to a non-empty value the /metrics endpoint will require this as a username via basic auth in combination with the password below.

Default: <empty>

Full path: metrics.username

Environment path: VIKUNJA_METRICS_USERNAME

password #

If set to a non-empty value the /metrics endpoint will require this as a password via basic auth in combination with the username below.

Default: <empty>

Full path: metrics.password

Environment path: VIKUNJA_METRICS_PASSWORD