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This page details all the authentik configuration options that you can set via environment variables.

About authentik configurations


The double-underscores are intentional, as all these settings are translated to YAML internally, and a double-underscore indicates the next level (a subsetting).

All of these variables can be set to values, but you can also use a URI-like format to load values from other places:

  • env://<name> Loads the value from the environment variable <name>. Fallback can be optionally set like env://<name>?<default>
  • file://<name> Loads the value from the file <name>. Fallback can be optionally set like file://<name>?<default>

Set your environment variables

If you are using Docker Compose, edit your .env file to append any keys that you want to add, and then run the following command to apply them:

docker compose up -d

Verify your configuration settings

To check if your config has been applied correctly, you can run the following command to output the full config:

docker compose run --rm worker dump_config

PostgreSQL Settings

  • AUTHENTIK_POSTGRESQL__HOST: Hostname of your PostgreSQL Server
  • AUTHENTIK_POSTGRESQL__PORT: Database port, defaults to 5432
  • AUTHENTIK_POSTGRESQL__PASSWORD: Database password, defaults to the environment variable POSTGRES_PASSWORD
  • AUTHENTIK_POSTGRESQL__USE_PGBOUNCER: Adjust configuration to support connection to PgBouncer
  • AUTHENTIK_POSTGRESQL__USE_PGPOOL: Adjust configuration to support connection to Pgpool
  • AUTHENTIK_POSTGRESQL__SSLMODE: Strictness of ssl verification. Defaults to "verify-ca"
  • AUTHENTIK_POSTGRESQL__SSLROOTCERT: CA root for server ssl verification
  • AUTHENTIK_POSTGRESQL__SSLCERT: Path to x509 client certificate to authenticate to server
  • AUTHENTIK_POSTGRESQL__SSLKEY: Path to private key of SSLCERT certificate

All PostgreSQL settings, apart from USE_PGBOUNCER and USE_PGPOOL, support hot-reloading. Adding and removing read replicas doesn't support hot-reloading.

Read replicas

You can configure additional read replica databases that are used only for read operations. To configure authentik to use replicas, add the settings below to your configuration file. If you have multiple replicas, add additional settings for each replica, replacing the default 0 with a unique value for each additional replica.

If read replicas are configured, the main database is not used for reads. If you'd like the main database to be included for reads, add it as a read replica.

The same PostgreSQL settings as described above are used for each read replica.


Note that USE_PGBOUNCER and USE_PGPOOL are inherited from the main database configuration and are not overridable on read replicas.

Redis Settings

  • AUTHENTIK_REDIS__HOST: Redis server host when not using configuration URL
  • AUTHENTIK_REDIS__PORT: Redis server port when not using configuration URL
  • AUTHENTIK_REDIS__DB: Redis server database when not using configuration URL
  • AUTHENTIK_REDIS__USERNAME: Redis server username when not using configuration URL
  • AUTHENTIK_REDIS__PASSWORD: Redis server password when not using configuration URL
  • AUTHENTIK_REDIS__TLS: Redis server connection using TLS when not using configuration URL
  • AUTHENTIK_REDIS__TLS_REQS: Redis server TLS connection requirements when not using configuration URL. Defaults to "none". Allowed values are "none" and "required".
  • AUTHENTIK_REDIS__TLS_CA_CERT: Path to the Redis server TLS CA root when not using configuration URL. Defaults to null.

Result Backend Settings

  • AUTHENTIK_RESULT_BACKEND__URL: Result backend configuration URL, uses the Redis Settings by default

Cache Settings

  • AUTHENTIK_CACHE__URL: Cache configuration URL, uses the Redis Settings by default

  • AUTHENTIK_CACHE__TIMEOUT: Timeout for cached data until it expires in seconds, defaults to 300

  • AUTHENTIK_CACHE__TIMEOUT_FLOWS: Timeout for cached flow plans until they expire in seconds, defaults to 300

  • AUTHENTIK_CACHE__TIMEOUT_POLICIES: Timeout for cached policies until they expire in seconds, defaults to 300

  • AUTHENTIK_CACHE__TIMEOUT_REPUTATION: Timeout for cached reputation until they expire in seconds, defaults to 300


    AUTHENTIK_CACHE__TIMEOUT_REPUTATION only applies to the cache expiry, see AUTHENTIK_REPUTATION__EXPIRY to control how long reputation is persisted for.

Channel Layer Settings (inter-instance communication)

  • AUTHENTIK_CHANNEL__URL: Channel layers configuration URL, uses the Redis Settings by default

Broker Settings

  • AUTHENTIK_BROKER__URL: Broker configuration URL, defaults to Redis using the respective settings

  • AUTHENTIK_BROKER__TRANSPORT_OPTIONS: Base64-encoded broker transport options


    AUTHENTIK_REDIS__CACHE_TIMEOUT_REPUTATION only applies to the cache expiry, see AUTHENTIK_REPUTATION__EXPIRY to control how long reputation is persisted for.

Listen Settings

  • AUTHENTIK_LISTEN__HTTP: Listening address:port (e.g. for HTTP (Applies to Server and Proxy outpost)

  • AUTHENTIK_LISTEN__HTTPS: Listening address:port (e.g. for HTTPS (Applies to Server and Proxy outpost)

  • AUTHENTIK_LISTEN__LDAP: Listening address:port (e.g. for LDAP (Applies to LDAP outpost)

  • AUTHENTIK_LISTEN__LDAPS: Listening address:port (e.g. for LDAPS (Applies to LDAP outpost)

  • AUTHENTIK_LISTEN__METRICS: Listening address:port (e.g. for Prometheus metrics (Applies to All)

  • AUTHENTIK_LISTEN__DEBUG: Listening address:port (e.g. for Go Debugging metrics (Applies to All)

  • AUTHENTIK_LISTEN__TRUSTED_PROXY_CIDRS: List of comma-separated CIDRs that proxy headers should be accepted from (Applies to Server)

    Defaults to,,,, fe80::/10, ::1/128.

    Requests directly coming from one an address within a CIDR specified here are able to set proxy headers, such as X-Forwarded-For. Requests coming from other addresses will not be able to set these headers.

Media Storage Settings

These settings affect where media files are stored. Those files include applications and sources icons. By default, they are stored on disk in the /media directory of the authentik container. S3 storage is also supported.

  • AUTHENTIK_STORAGE__MEDIA__BACKEND: Where to store files. Valid values are file and s3. For file storage, files are stored in a /media directory in the container. For s3, see below.
  • AUTHENTIK_STORAGE__MEDIA__S3__REGION: S3 region where the bucket has been created. May be omitted depending on which S3 provider you use. No default.
  • AUTHENTIK_STORAGE__MEDIA__S3__USE_SSL: Whether to use HTTPS when talking to the S3 storage providers. Defaults to true.
  • AUTHENTIK_STORAGE__MEDIA__S3__ENDPOINT: Endpoint to use to talk to the S3 storage provider. Override the previous region and use_ssl settings. Must be a valid URL in the form of https://s3.provider. No default.
  • AUTHENTIK_STORAGE__MEDIA__S3__SESSION_PROFILE: Profile to use when using AWS SDK authentication. No default. Supports hot-reloading.
  • AUTHENTIK_STORAGE__MEDIA__S3__ACCESS_KEY: Access key to authenticate to S3. May be omitted if using AWS SDK authentication. Supports hot-reloading.
  • AUTHENTIK_STORAGE__MEDIA__S3__SECRET_KEY: Secret key to authenticate to S3. May be omitted if using AWS SDK authentication. Supports hot-reloading.
  • AUTHENTIK_STORAGE__MEDIA__S3__SECURITY_TOKEN: Security token to authenticate to S3. May be omitted. Supports hot-reloading.
  • AUTHENTIK_STORAGE__MEDIA__S3__BUCKET_NAME: Name of the bucket to use to store files.
  • AUTHENTIK_STORAGE__MEDIA__S3__CUSTOM_DOMAIN: Domain to use to create URLs for users. Mainly useful for non-AWS providers. May include a port. Must include the bucket. Example:
  • AUTHENTIK_STORAGE__MEDIA__S3__SECURE_URLS: Whether URLs created use HTTPS (set to true by default) or HTTP.

authentik Settings


Secret key used for cookie signing. Changing this will invalidate active sessions.


Prior to 2023.6.0 the secret key was also used for unique user IDs. When running a pre-2023.6.0 version of authentik the key should not be changed after the first install.


Log level for the server and worker containers. Possible values: debug, info, warning, error.

Starting with 2021.12.3, you can also set the log level to trace. This has no effect on the core authentik server, but shows additional messages for the embedded outpost.


Setting the log level to trace will include sensitive details in logs, so it shouldn't be used in most cases.

Logs generated with trace should be treated with care as they can give others access to your instance, and can potentially include things like session cookies to authentik and other pages.

Defaults to info.

Which domain the session cookie should be set to. By default, the cookie is set to the domain authentik is accessed under.


Path to the GeoIP City database. Defaults to /geoip/GeoLite2-City.mmdb. If the file is not found, authentik will skip GeoIP support.


Path to the GeoIP ASN database. Defaults to /geoip/GeoLite2-ASN.mmdb. If the file is not found, authentik will skip GeoIP support.


Disable the inbuilt update-checker. Defaults to false.



    Enable error reporting. Defaults to false.

    Error reports are sent to and are used for debugging and general feedback. Anonymous performance data is also sent.


    Sets the DSN for the Sentry API endpoint.

    When error reporting is enabled, the default Sentry DSN will allow the authentik developers to receive error reports and anonymous performance data, which is used for general feedback about authentik, and in some cases, may be used for debugging purposes.

    Users can create their own hosted Sentry account (or self-host Sentry) and opt to collect this data themselves.


    The environment tag associated with all data sent to Sentry. Defaults to customer.

    When error reporting has been enabled to aid in debugging issues, this should be set to a unique value, such as an email address.


    Whether or not to send personal data, like usernames. Defaults to false.


    Base64-encoded sentry_init arguments. See Sentry's documentation for available options.



    Default: localhost


    Default: 25


    Default: `` (Don't add quotation marks)


    Default: `` (Don't add quotation marks)


    Default: false


    Default: false


    Default: 10


    Default: authentik@localhost

    Email address authentik will send from, should have a correct @domain

    To change the sender's display name, use a format like Name <account@domain>.




    • %(type)s: Outpost type; proxy, ldap, etc
    • %(version)s: Current version; 2021.4.1
    • %(build_hash)s: Build hash if you're running a beta version

    Placeholder for outpost docker images. Default:


    Configure the automatic discovery of integrations. Defaults to true.

    By default, the following is discovered:

    • Kubernetes in-cluster config
    • Kubeconfig
    • Existence of a docker socket



Requires authentik 2023.1

Timeout in hours for LDAP synchronization tasks.

Defaults to 2.



Requires authentik 2023.6.1

Page size for LDAP synchronization. Controls the number of objects created in a single task.

Defaults to 50.



Requires authentik 2022.7

Allows configuration of TLS Cliphers for LDAP connections used by LDAP sources. Setting applies to all sources.

Defaults to null.



Requires authentik 2023.8.2

Configure how long reputation scores should be saved for in seconds. Note that this is different than AUTHENTIK_REDIS__CACHE_TIMEOUT_REPUTATION, as reputation is saved to the database every 5 minutes.

Defaults to 86400.



Requires authentik 2024.4

Configure if the sessions are stored in the cache or the database. Defaults to cache. Allowed values are cache and db. Note that changing this value will invalidate all previous sessions.



Requires authentik 2022.9

Configure how many gunicorn worker processes should be started (see

Defaults to 2. A value below 2 workers is not recommended. In environments where scaling with multiple replicas of the authentik server is not possible, this number can be increased to handle higher loads.



Requires authentik 2022.9

Configure how many gunicorn threads a worker processes should have (see

Defaults to 4.



Requires authentik 2023.9.0

Configure Celery worker concurrency for authentik worker (see This essentially defines the number of worker processes spawned for a single worker.

Defaults to 2.

System settings


Requires authentik 2024.2

Additional settings are configurable using the Admin interface, under System -> Settings or using the API.

Custom python settings

To modify additional settings further than the options above allow, you can create a custom Python file and mount it to /data/ This file will be loaded on startup by both the server and the worker. All default settings are here


Using these custom settings is not supported and can prevent your authentik instance from starting. Use with caution.