Applying Settings

Pulp uses dynaconf for its settings which allows you to configure Pulp settings using various ways:

Environment Variables

Configuration by specifying environment variables is enabled by default. Any Setting can be configured using Dynaconf by prepending PULP_ to the setting name. For example SECRET_KEY can be specified as the PULP_SECRET_KEY environment variable. For example, in a shell you can use export to set this:

export PULP_SECRET_KEY="This should be a 50 chars or longer unique secret!"

Configuration File

By default, Pulp does not read settings from a configuration file. Enable this by specifying the PULP_SETTINGS environment variable with the path to your configuration file. For example:

export PULP_SETTINGS=/etc/pulp/

Then you can specify settings with Python variable assignment in the /etc/pulp/ For example, you can specify SECRET_KEY with:

$ cat /etc/pulp/
SECRET_KEY="This should be a 50 chars or longer unique secret!"

In this example the settings file ends in “.py” so it needs to be valid Python, but it could use any dynaconf supported format.


The configuration file and directories containing the configuration file must be readable by the user Pulp runs as. If using SELinux, assign the system_u:object_r:pulpcore_etc_t:s0 label.


The pulp_installer enables configuration via a settings file that lives at /etc/pulp/ It does this by having each systemd file that starts a Pulp service include:


A Pulp upgrade using pulp_installer will override the original /etc/pulp/ To keep your settings through an upgrade, use the “local settings” file located at /etc/pulp/ which takes precedence over /etc/pulp/ on a setting-by-setting basis.