Specific variables

This is an inventory of Gitea environment variables. They change Gitea behaviour.

Initialize them before Gitea command to be effective, for example:

GITEA_CUSTOM=/home/gitea/custom ./gitea web

From Go language

As Gitea is written in Go, it uses some Go variables as:

  • GOOS

For GOPATH, check official documentation about GOPATH environment variable.

For others, check official documentation about variables used when it runs the generator.

Gitea files

  • GITEA_WORK_DIR: Gitea absolute path of work directory.
  • GITEA_CUSTOM: Gitea uses GITEA_WORK_DIR/custom folder by default. Use this variable to change custom directory.
  • GOGS_WORK_DIR: Deprecated, use GITEA_WORK_DIR
  • GOGS_CUSTOM: Deprecated, use GITEA_CUSTOM

Operating system specifics

  • USER: system user that launch Gitea. Useful for repository URL address on Gitea interface
  • USERNAME: if no USER found, Gitea will try USERNAME
  • HOME: User home directory path (except if you’re running on Windows, check the following USERPROFILE variable)

Only on Windows

  • USERPROFILE: User home directory path. If empty, uses HOMEDRIVE + HOMEPATH
  • HOMEDRIVE: Main drive path you will use to get home directory
  • HOMEPATH: Home relative path in the given home drive path

Macaron (framework used by Gitea)

  • HOST: Host Macaron will listen on
  • PORT: Port Macaron will listen on
  • MACARON_ENV: global variable to provide special functionality for development environments vs production environments. If MACARON_ENV is set to “” or “development” then templates will be recompiled on every request. For more performance, set the MACARON_ENV environment variable to “production”.


  • SKIP_MINWINSVC: Do not run as a service on Windows if set to 1
  • ZOOKEEPER_PATH: Zookeeper jar file path