Pulp uses three types of settings:

Django Settings

Pulp is a Django project, so any Django Django setting can also be set to configure your Pulp deployment.


In order to get a pulp server up and running a Django SECRET_KEY must be provided.

The following code snippet can be used to generate a random SECRET_KEY.

1import random
3chars = 'abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789!@#$%^&*(-_=+)'
4print(''.join(random.choice(chars) for i in range(50)))


By default Pulp uses PostgreSQL on localhost. PostgreSQL is the only supported database. For instructions on how to configure the database, refer to database installation.


By default, Pulp uses the local filesystem to store files. The default option which uses the local filesystem is

This can be configured though to alternatively use Amazon S3. To use S3, set DEFAULT_FILE_STORAGE to storages.backends.s3boto3.S3Boto3Storage. For more information about different Pulp storage options, see the storage documentation.


The location where Pulp will store files. By default this is /var/lib/pulp/media.

If you’re using S3, point this to the path in your bucket you want to save files. See the storage documentation for more info.

It should have permissions of:

  • mode: 750

  • owner: pulp (the account that pulp runs under)

  • group: pulp (the group of the account that pulp runs under)

  • SELinux context: system_u:object_r:pulpcore_var_lib_t:s0


By default Pulp logs at an INFO level to syslog. For all possible configurations please refer to Django documenation on logging.


By default, Pulp has two types of authentication enabled, and they fall back for each other:

  1. Basic Auth which is checked against an internal users database

  2. Webserver authentication that relies on the webserver to perform the authentication.

To change the authentication types Pulp will use, modify the AUTHENTICATION_BACKENDS settings. See the Django authentication documentation for more information.

Redis Settings

The following Redis settings can be set in your Pulp config:






Below are some common settings used for Redis configuration.


The hostname for Redis. By default Pulp will try to connect to Redis on localhost.


The port for Redis. By default Pulp will try to connect to Redis on port 6379.


The password for Redis.

Pulp Settings

Pulp defines the following settings itself:


The directory used by workers to stage files temporarily. This defaults to /var/lib/pulp/tmp/.

It should have permissions of:

  • mode: 750

  • owner: pulp (the account that pulp runs under)

  • group: pulp (the group of the account that pulp runs under)

  • SELinux context: system_u:object_r:pulpcore_var_lib_t:s0


It is recommended that WORKING_DIRECTORY and MEDIA_ROOT exist on the same storage volume for performance reasons. Files are commonly staged in the WORKING_DIRECTORY and validated before being moved to their permanent home in MEDIA_ROOT.


A relative path inside the DEPLOY_ROOT directory used exclusively for uploaded chunks. The uploaded chunks are stored in the default storage specified by DEFAULT_FILE_STORAGE. This option allows users to customize the actual place where chunked uploads should be stored within the declared storage. The default, upload, is sufficient for most use cases. A change to this setting only applies to uploads created after the change.


A required string containing the protocol, fqdn, and port where the content app is reachable by users. This is used by pulpcore and various plugins when referring users to the content app. For example if the API should refer users to content at using http to on port 24816, (the content default port), you would set:


A string containing the path prefix for the content app. This is used by the REST API when forming URLs to refer clients to the content serving app, and by the content serving application to match incoming URLs.

Defaults to /pulp/content/.


The number of seconds before a content app should be considered lost.

Defaults to 30 seconds.



This feature is provided as a tech-preview

Store cached responses from the content app into Redis. This setting improves the performance of the content app under heavy load for similar requests. Defaults to True.


The entire response is not stored in the cache. Only the location of the file needed to recreate the response is stored. This reduces database queries and allows for many responses to be stored inside the cache.


Dictionary with tunable settings for the cache:

  • EXPIRES_TTL - Number of seconds entries should stay in the cache before expiring.

Defaults to 600 seconds.


Set to None to have entries not expire. Content app responses are always invalidated when the backing distribution is updated.


The number of seconds before a worker should be considered lost.

Defaults to 30 seconds.


The name of the WSGI environment variable to read for webserver authentication.


Configuring this has serious security implications. See the Django warning at the end of this section in their docs for more details.

Defaults to 'REMOTE_USER'.


One or more real filesystem paths that Remotes with filesystem paths can import from. For example to allow a remote url of file:///mnt/foo/bar/another/folder/ you could specify:

ALLOWED_IMPORT_PATHS = ['/mnt/foo/bar']  # only a subpath is needed

Defaults to [], meaning file:/// urls are not allowed in any Remote.


One or more real filesystem paths that Exporters can export to. For example to allow a path of /mnt/foo/bar/another/folder/ you could specify:

ALLOWED_EXPORT_PATHS = ['/mnt/foo/bar']  # only a subpath is needed

Defaults to [] which means no path is allowed.


A debugging feature that collects profile data about the Stages API as it runs. See staging api profiling docs for more information.


Profiling stages is provided as a tech preview in Pulp 3.0. Functionality may not fully work and backwards compatibility when upgrading to future Pulp releases is not guaranteed.



Enforcement of this setting in pulpcore and various plugins is not fully in place. It is possible that checksums not in this list may still be used in various places. This banner will be removed when it is believed all pulpcore and plugin code fully enforces this setting.

The list of content-checksums this pulp-instance is allowed to use. By default the following are used:

ALLOWED_CONTENT_CHECKSUMS = ["sha224", "sha256", "sha384", "sha512"]

The entire set of supported checksums are: md5, sha1, sha224, sha256, sha384, and sha512.


Due to its use as the primary content-identifier, “sha256” IS REQUIRED. Pulp will fail to start if "sha256" is not found in this set.

Pulp can prohibit or allow checksums by setting the ALLOWED_CONTENT_CHECKSUMS setting. Changing this setting requires a few steps.

First, before you change the setting, see how your Pulp instance will be impacted by this change by running:

pulpcore-manager handle-artifact-checksums --report --checksums sha256,512

Adjust --checksums as comma separated list of checksums types to match your needs.


If you already changed ALLOWED_CONTENT_CHECKSUMS in pulp settings you can leave out --checksums, and the checksums will be parsed from Pulp settings.

Before switching, any on-demand repos containing forbidden checksum digests needs to be synced with policy=immediate to populate missing allowed checksums. This can heavily impact your disk space. Alternatively, users can remove these offending repo versions followed by orphan cleanup.

If you have artifacts that do not conform to your ALLOWED_CONTENT_CHECKSUMS setting, they need to be re-hashed. You can update them using:

pulpcore-manager handle-artifact-checksums


--report and --checksums arguments are tech-preview and may change in backwards incompatible ways in future releases.


If Pulp fails to start because forbidden checkums have been identified or required ones are missing, run pulpcore-manager handle-artifact-checksums command.


This option allows tasks to have a shared (read only) simultaneous access to some resources. It defaults to True, but can be turned off to return to the old behavior in the event of bugs.


As a tech preview, this option is meant to be temporary. It will default to True in 3.16 and be removed in 3.17.


The Django admin site URL. Defaults to admin/.


Pulp uses django-guid to append correlation IDs to logging messages. Correlation IDs are autogenerated by default but can also be sent as a header with each request. They are also returned as a header in the response and are recorded in the logging_cid field of tasks.

For more information on how to configure the DJANGO_GUID setting, see the django-guid settings documentation.


The time specified in minutes for how long Pulp will hold orphan Content and Artifacts before they become candidates for deletion by an orphan cleanup task. This should ideally be longer than your longest running task otherwise any content created during that task could be cleaned up before the task finishes. Default is 1440 minutes (24 hours).