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


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

    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>

interface #

The interface on which to run the webserver

Default: :3456

frontendurl #

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

Default: <empty>

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>

maxitemsperpage #

The max number of items which can be returned per page

Default: 50

enablemetrics #

If set to true, enables a /metrics endpoint for prometheus to collect metrics about the system You’ll need to use redis for this in order to enable common metrics over multiple nodes

Default: false

enablecaldav #

Enable the caldav endpoint, see the docs for more details

Default: true

motd #

Set the motd message, available from the /info endpoint

Default: <empty>

enablelinksharing #

Enable sharing of lists via a link

Default: true

enableregistration #

Whether to let new users registering themselves or not

Default: true

enabletaskattachments #

Whether to enable task attachments or not

Default: true

timezone #

The time zone all timestamps are in

Default: GMT

enabletaskcomments #

Whether task comments should be enabled or not

Default: true

enabletotp #

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

Default: true

sentrydsn #

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

Default: <empty>

database #

type #

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

Default: sqlite

user #

Database user which is used to connect to the database.

Default: vikunja

password #

Databse password

Default: <empty>

host #

Databse host

Default: localhost

database #

Databse to use

Default: vikunja

path #

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

Default: ./vikunja.db

maxopenconnections #

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

Default: 100

maxidleconnections #

Sets the maximum number of idle connections to the db.

Default: 50

maxconnectionlifetime #

The maximum lifetime of a single db connection in miliseconds.

Default: 10000

sslmode #

Secure connection mode. Only used with postgres. (see

Default: disable

cache #

enabled #

If cache is enabled or not

Default: false

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

maxelementsize #

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

Default: 1000

redis #

enabled #

Whether to enable redis or not

Default: false

host #

The host of the redis server including its port.

Default: localhost:6379

password #

The password used to authenicate against the redis server

Default: <empty>

db #

0 means default database

Default: 0

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

origins #

A list of origins which may access the api.

Default: <empty>

maxage #

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

Default: 0

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

host #


Default: <empty>

port #

SMTP Host port

Default: 587

username #

SMTP username

Default: user

password #

SMTP password

Default: <empty>

skiptlsverify #

Wether to skip verification of the tls certificate on the server

Default: false

fromemail #

The default from address when sending emails

Default: mail@vikunja

queuelength #

The length of the mail queue.

Default: 100

queuetimeout #

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

Default: 30

forcessl #

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

Default: false

log #

path #

A folder where all the logfiles should go.

Default: <rootpath>logs

enabled #

Whether to show any logging at all or none

Default: true

standard #

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

Default: stdout

level #

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

Default: INFO

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

databaselevel #

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

Default: WARNING

http #

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

Default: stdout

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

ratelimit #

enabled #

whether or not to enable the rate limit

Default: false

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

period #

The time period in seconds for the limit

Default: 60

limit #

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

Default: 100

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

files #

basepath #

The path where files are stored

Default: ./files

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

migration #

wunderlist #

These are the settings for the wunderlist migrator

Default: <empty>

todoist #

Default: <empty>

avatar #

gravatarexpiration #

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

Default: 3600

backgrounds #

enabled #

Whether to enable backgrounds for lists at all.

Default: true

providers #

Default: <empty>

Legal urls Will be shown in the frontend if configured here

imprinturl #

Default: <empty>

privacyurl #

Default: <empty>

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

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>

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: 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>