Configuration Cheat Sheet

This is a cheat sheet for the Gitea configuration file. It contains most settings that can configured as well as their default values.

Any changes to the Gitea configuration file should be made in custom/conf/app.ini or any corresponding location. When installing from a distribution, this will typically be found at /etc/gitea/conf/app.ini.

The defaults provided here are best-effort (not built automatically). They are accurately recorded in app.ini.sample (s/master/<tag|release>). Any string in the format %(X)s is a feature powered by ini, for reading values recursively.

Values containing # or ; must be quoted using ` or """.

Note: A full restart is required for Gitea configuration changes to take effect.

Overall (DEFAULT)

  • APP_NAME: Gitea: Git with a cup of tea: Application name, used in the page title.
  • RUN_USER: git: The user Gitea will run as. This should be a dedicated system (non-user) account. Setting this incorrectly will cause Gitea to not start.
  • RUN_MODE: dev: For performance and other purposes, change this to prod when deployed to a production environment. The installation process will set this to prod automatically. [prod, dev, test]

Repository (repository)

  • ROOT: ~/gitea-repositories/: Root path for storing all repository data. It must be an absolute path.
  • SCRIPT_TYPE: bash: The script type this server supports, usually this is bash, but some users report that only sh is available.
  • ANSI_CHARSET: <empty>: The default charset for an unrecognized charset.
  • FORCE_PRIVATE: false: Force every new repository to be private.
  • DEFAULT_PRIVATE: last: Default private when creating a new repository. [last, private, public]
  • MAX_CREATION_LIMIT: -1: Global maximum creation limit of repositories per user, -1 means no limit.
  • PULL_REQUEST_QUEUE_LENGTH: 1000: Length of pull request patch test queue, make it as large as possible. Use caution when editing this value.
  • MIRROR_QUEUE_LENGTH: 1000: Patch test queue length, increase if pull request patch testing starts hanging.
  • PREFERRED_LICENSES: Apache License 2.0,MIT License: Preferred Licenses to place at the top of the list. Name must match file name in conf/license or custom/conf/license.
  • DISABLE_HTTP_GIT: false: Disable the ability to interact with repositories over the HTTP protocol.
  • USE_COMPAT_SSH_URI: false: Force ssh:// clone url instead of scp-style uri when default SSH port is used.

UI (ui)

  • EXPLORE_PAGING_NUM: 20: Number of repositories that are shown in one explore page.
  • ISSUE_PAGING_NUM: 10: Number of issues that are shown in one page (for all pages that list issues).
  • FEED_MAX_COMMIT_NUM: 5: Number of maximum commits shown in one activity feed.

UI - Admin (ui.admin)

  • USER_PAGING_NUM: 50: Number of users that are shown in one page.
  • REPO_PAGING_NUM: 50: Number of repos that are shown in one page.
  • NOTICE_PAGING_NUM: 25: Number of notices that are shown in one page.
  • ORG_PAGING_NUM: 50: Number of organizations that are shown in one page.

Markdown (markdown)

  • ENABLE_HARD_LINE_BREAK: false: Enable Markdown’s hard line break extension.

Server (server)

  • PROTOCOL: http: [http, https, fcgi, unix]
  • DOMAIN: localhost: Domain name of this server.
  • ROOT_URL: %(PROTOCOL)s://%(DOMAIN)s:%(HTTP_PORT)s/: Full public URL of Gitea server.
  • HTTP_ADDR: HTTP listen address.
    • If PROTOCOL is set to fcgi, Gitea will listen for FastCGI requests on TCP socket defined by HTTP_ADDR and HTTP_PORT configuration settings.
    • If PROTOCOL is set to unix, this should be the name of the Unix socket file to use.
  • HTTP_PORT: 3000: HTTP listen port.
    • If PROTOCOL is set to fcgi, Gitea will listen for FastCGI requests on TCP socket defined by HTTP_ADDR and HTTP_PORT configuration settings.
  • UNIX_SOCKET_PERMISSION: 666: Permissions for the Unix socket.
  • DISABLE_SSH: false: Disable SSH feature when it’s not available.
  • START_SSH_SERVER: false: When enabled, use the built-in SSH server.
  • SSH_DOMAIN: %(DOMAIN)s: Domain name of this server, used for displayed clone URL.
  • SSH_PORT: 22: SSH port displayed in clone URL.
  • SSH_LISTEN_PORT: %(SSH_PORT)s: Port for the built-in SSH server.
  • OFFLINE_MODE: false: Disables use of CDN for static files and Gravatar for profile pictures.
  • DISABLE_ROUTER_LOG: false: Mute printing of the router log.
  • CERT_FILE: custom/https/cert.pem: Cert file path used for HTTPS.
  • KEY_FILE: custom/https/key.pem: Key file path used for HTTPS.
  • STATIC_ROOT_PATH: ./: Upper level of template and static files path.
  • ENABLE_GZIP: false: Enables application-level GZIP support.
  • LANDING_PAGE: home: Landing page for unauthenticated users [home, explore].
  • LFS_START_SERVER: false: Enables git-lfs support.
  • LFS_CONTENT_PATH: ./data/lfs: Where to store LFS files.
  • LFS_JWT_SECRET: <empty>: LFS authentication secret, change this a unique string.
  • REDIRECT_OTHER_PORT: false: If true and PROTOCOL is https, redirects http requests on another (https) port.
  • PORT_TO_REDIRECT: 80: Port used when REDIRECT_OTHER_PORT is true.

Database (database)

  • DB_TYPE: mysql: The database type in use [mysql, postgres, mssql, sqlite3].
  • HOST: Database host address and port.
  • NAME: gitea: Database name.
  • USER: root: Database username.
  • PASSWD: <empty>: Database user password. Use `your password` for quoting if you use special characters in the password.
  • SSL_MODE: disable: For PostgreSQL only.
  • PATH: data/gitea.db: For SQLite3 only, the database file path.

Indexer (indexer)

  • ISSUE_INDEXER_PATH: indexers/issues.bleve: Index file used for issue search.
  • REPO_INDEXER_ENABLED: false: Enables code search (uses a lot of disk space).
  • REPO_INDEXER_PATH: indexers/repos.bleve: Index file used for code search.
  • UPDATE_BUFFER_LEN: 20: Buffer length of index request.
  • MAX_FILE_SIZE: 1048576: Maximum size in bytes of files to be indexed.

Security (security)

  • INSTALL_LOCK: false: Disallow access to the install page.
  • SECRET_KEY: <random at every install>: Global secret key. This should be changed.
  • LOGIN_REMEMBER_DAYS: 7: Cookie lifetime, in days.
  • COOKIE_USERNAME: gitea_awesome: Name of the cookie used to store the current username.
  • COOKIE_REMEMBER_NAME: gitea_incredible: Name of cookie used to store authentication information.
  • REVERSE_PROXY_AUTHENTICATION_USER: X-WEBAUTH-USER: Header name for reverse proxy authentication.
  • DISABLE_GIT_HOOKS: false: Prevent all users (including admin) from creating custom git hooks.

OpenID (openid)

  • ENABLE_OPENID_SIGNIN: false: Allow authentication in via OpenID.
  • WHITELISTED_URIS: <empty>: If non-empty, list of POSIX regex patterns matching OpenID URI’s to permit.
  • BLACKLISTED_URIS: <empty>: If non-empty, list of POSIX regex patterns matching OpenID URI’s to block.

Service (service)

  • ACTIVE_CODE_LIVE_MINUTES: 180: Time limit (min) to confirm account/email registration.
  • RESET_PASSWD_CODE_LIVE_MINUTES: 180: Time limit (min) to confirm forgot password reset process.
  • REGISTER_EMAIL_CONFIRM: false: Enable this to ask for mail confirmation of registration. Requires Mailer to be enabled.
  • DISABLE_REGISTRATION: false: Disable registration, after which only admin can create accounts for users.
  • REQUIRE_SIGNIN_VIEW: false: Enable this to force users to log in to view any page.
  • ENABLE_NOTIFY_MAIL: false: Enable this to send e-mail to watchers of a repository when something happens, like creating issues. Requires Mailer to be enabled.
  • ENABLE_REVERSE_PROXY_AUTHENTICATION: false: Enable this to allow reverse proxy authentication.
  • ENABLE_REVERSE_PROXY_AUTO_REGISTRATION: false: Enable this to allow auto-registration for reverse authentication.
  • ENABLE_CAPTCHA: true: Enable this to use captcha validation for registration.

Webhook (webhook)

  • QUEUE_LENGTH: 1000: Hook task queue length. Use caution when editing this value.
  • DELIVER_TIMEOUT: 5: Delivery timeout (sec) for shooting webhooks.
  • SKIP_TLS_VERIFY: false: Allow insecure certification.
  • PAGING_NUM: 10: Number of webhook history events that are shown in one page.

Mailer (mailer)

  • ENABLED: false: Enable to use a mail service.
  • DISABLE_HELO: <empty>: Disable HELO operation.
  • HELO_HOSTNAME: <empty>: Custom hostname for HELO operation.
  • HOST: <empty>: SMTP mail host address and port (example:
  • FROM: <empty>: Mail from address, RFC 5322. This can be just an email address, or the “Name” <[email protected]> format.
  • USER: <empty>: Username of mailing user (usually the sender’s e-mail address).
  • PASSWD: <empty>: Password of mailing user. Use `your password` for quoting if you use special characters in the password.
  • SKIP_VERIFY: <empty>: Do not verify the self-signed certificates.
    • Note: Gitea only supports SMTP with STARTTLS.
  • USE_SENDMAIL: false Use the operating system’s sendmail command instead of SMTP. This is common on linux systems.
    • Note that enabling sendmail will ignore all other mailer settings except ENABLED, FROM and SENDMAIL_PATH.
  • SENDMAIL_PATH: sendmail: The location of sendmail on the operating system. (can be command or full path)

Cache (cache)

  • ADAPTER: memory: Cache engine adapter, either memory, redis, or memcache.
    • To use redis or memcache, be sure to rebuild everything with build tags redis or memcache: go build -tags='redis'.
  • INTERVAL: 60: Garbage Collection interval (sec), for memory cache only.
  • HOST: <empty>: Connection string for redis and memcache.
    • Redis: network=tcp,addr=,password=macaron,db=0,pool_size=100,idle_timeout=180
    • Memache:;

Session (session)

  • PROVIDER: memory: Session engine provider [memory, file, redis, mysql].
  • PROVIDER_CONFIG: data/sessions: For file, the root path; for others, the connection string.
  • COOKIE_SECURE: false: Enable this to force using HTTPS for all session access.
  • COOKIE_NAME: i_like_gitea: The name of the cookie used for the session ID.
  • GC_INTERVAL_TIME: 86400: GC interval in seconds.

Picture (picture)

  • GRAVATAR_SOURCE: gravatar: Can be gravatar, duoshuo or anything like
  • DISABLE_GRAVATAR: false: Enable this to use local avatars only.
  • ENABLE_FEDERATED_AVATAR: false: Enable support for federated avatars (see
  • AVATAR_UPLOAD_PATH: data/avatars: Path to store local and cached files.

Attachment (attachment)

  • ENABLED: true: Enable this to allow uploading attachments.
  • PATH: data/attachments: Path to store attachments.
  • ALLOWED_TYPES: see app.ini.sample: Allowed MIME types, e.g. image/jpeg|image/png. Use */* for all types.
  • MAX_SIZE: 4: Maximum size (MB).
  • MAX_FILES: 5: Maximum number of attachments that can be uploaded at once.

Log (log)

  • ROOT_PATH: <empty>: Root path for log files.
  • MODE: console: Logging mode. For multiple modes, use a comma to separate values.
  • LEVEL: Trace: General log level. [Trace, Debug, Info, Warn, Error, Critical]

Cron (cron)

  • ENABLED: true: Run cron tasks periodically.
  • RUN_AT_START: false: Run cron tasks at application start-up.

Cron - Cleanup old repository archives (cron.archive_cleanup)

  • ENABLED: true: Enable service.
  • RUN_AT_START: true: Run tasks at start up time (if ENABLED).
  • SCHEDULE: @every 24h: Cron syntax for scheduling repository archive cleanup, e.g. @every 1h.
  • OLDER_THAN: 24h: Archives created more than OLDER_THAN ago are subject to deletion, e.g. 12h.

Cron - Update Mirrors (cron.update_mirrors)

  • SCHEDULE: @every 10m: Cron syntax for scheduling update mirrors, e.g. @every 3h.

Cron - Repository Health Check (cron.repo_health_check)

  • SCHEDULE: every 24h: Cron syntax for scheduling repository health check.
  • TIMEOUT: 60s: Time duration syntax for health check execution timeout.
  • ARGS: <empty>: Arguments for command git fsck, e.g. --unreachable --tags.

Cron - Repository Statistics Check (cron.check_repo_stats)

  • RUN_AT_START: true: Run repository statistics check at start time.
  • SCHEDULE: @every 24h: Cron syntax for scheduling repository statistics check.

Git (git)

  • MAX_GIT_DIFF_LINES: 100: Max number of lines allowed of a single file in diff view.
  • MAX_GIT_DIFF_LINE_CHARACTERS: 5000: Max character count per line highlighted in diff view.
  • MAX_GIT_DIFF_FILES: 100: Max number of files shown in diff view.
  • GC_ARGS: <empty>: Arguments for command git gc, e.g. --aggressive --auto.

Markup (markup)

Gitea can support Markup using external tools. The example below will add a markup named asciidoc.

ENABLED = false
FILE_EXTENSIONS = .adoc,.asciidoc
RENDER_COMMAND = "asciidoc --out-file=- -"
  • ENABLED: false Enable markup support.
  • FILE_EXTENSIONS: <empty> List of file extensions that should be rendered by an external command. Multiple extentions needs a comma as splitter.
  • RENDER_COMMAND: External command to render all matching extensions.
  • IS_INPUT_FILE: false Input is not a standard input but a file param followed RENDER_COMMAND.

Other (other)

  • SHOW_FOOTER_BRANDING: false: Show Gitea branding in the footer.
  • SHOW_FOOTER_VERSION: true: Show Gitea version information in the footer.
  • SHOW_FOOTER_TEMPLATE_LOAD_TIME: true: Show time of template execution in the footer.