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This file describe the configuration, it is recommended to edit the relevant *.secret.exs file instead of the others founds in the config directory. If you run Pleroma with MIX_ENV=prod the file is prod.secret.exs, otherwise it is dev.secret.exs.


  • uploader: Select which Pleroma.Uploaders to use
  • filters: List of Pleroma.Upload.Filter to use.
  • link_name: When enabled Pleroma will add a name parameter to the url of the upload, for example https://instance.tld/media/corndog.png?name=corndog.png. This is needed to provide the correct filename in Content-Disposition headers when using filters like Pleroma.Upload.Filter.Dedupe
  • base_url: The base URL to access a user-uploaded file. Useful when you want to proxy the media files via another host.
  • proxy_remote: If you're using a remote uploader, Pleroma will proxy media requests instead of redirecting to it.
  • proxy_opts: Proxy options, see Pleroma.ReverseProxy documentation.

Note: strip_exif has been replaced by Pleroma.Upload.Filter.Mogrify.


  • uploads: Which directory to store the user-uploads in, relative to pleroma’s working directory


  • args: List of actions for the mogrify command like "strip" or ["strip", "auto-orient", {"impode", "1"}].


No specific configuration.


This filter replaces the filename (not the path) of an upload. For complete obfuscation, add Pleroma.Upload.Filter.Dedupe before AnonymizeFilename.

  • text: Text to replace filenames in links. If empty, {random}.extension will be used.


  • adapter: one of the mail adapters listed in Swoosh readme, or Swoosh.Adapters.Local for in-memory mailbox.
  • api_key / password and / or other adapter-specific settings, per the above documentation.

An example for Sendgrid adapter:

config :pleroma, Pleroma.Emails.Mailer,
  adapter: Swoosh.Adapters.Sendgrid,
  api_key: "YOUR_API_KEY"

An example for SMTP adapter:

config :pleroma, Pleroma.Emails.Mailer,
  adapter: Swoosh.Adapters.SMTP,
  relay: "",
  username: "",
  password: "YOUR_SMTP_PASSWORD",
  port: 465,
  ssl: true,
  tls: :always,
  auth: :always


  • valid_schemes: List of the scheme part that is considered valid to be an URL


  • name: The instance’s name
  • email: Email used to reach an Administrator/Moderator of the instance
  • notify_email: Email used for notifications.
  • description: The instance’s description, can be seen in nodeinfo and /api/v1/instance
  • limit: Posts character limit (CW/Subject included in the counter)
  • remote_limit: Hard character limit beyond which remote posts will be dropped.
  • upload_limit: File size limit of uploads (except for avatar, background, banner)
  • avatar_upload_limit: File size limit of user’s profile avatars
  • background_upload_limit: File size limit of user’s profile backgrounds
  • banner_upload_limit: File size limit of user’s profile banners
  • registrations_open: Enable registrations for anyone, invitations can be enabled when false.
  • invites_enabled: Enable user invitations for admins (depends on registrations_open: false).
  • account_activation_required: Require users to confirm their emails before signing in.
  • federating: Enable federation with other instances
  • federation_reachability_timeout_days: Timeout (in days) of each external federation target being unreachable prior to pausing federating to it.
  • allow_relay: Enable Pleroma’s Relay, which makes it possible to follow a whole instance
  • rewrite_policy: Message Rewrite Policy, either one or a list. Here are the ones available by default:
    • Pleroma.Web.ActivityPub.MRF.NoOpPolicy: Doesn’t modify activities (default)
    • Pleroma.Web.ActivityPub.MRF.DropPolicy: Drops all activities. It generally doesn’t makes sense to use in production
    • Pleroma.Web.ActivityPub.MRF.SimplePolicy: Restrict the visibility of activities from certains instances (See :mrf_simple section)
    • Pleroma.Web.ActivityPub.MRF.RejectNonPublic: Drops posts with non-public visibility settings (See :mrf_rejectnonpublic section)
    • Pleroma.Web.ActivityPub.MRF.EnsureRePrepended: Rewrites posts to ensure that replies to posts with subjects do not have an identical subject and instead begin with re:.
  • public: Makes the client API in authentificated mode-only except for user-profiles. Useful for disabling the Local Timeline and The Whole Known Network.
  • quarantined_instances: List of ActivityPub instances where private(DMs, followers-only) activities will not be send.
  • managed_config: Whenether the config for pleroma-fe is configured in this config or in static/config.json
  • allowed_post_formats: MIME-type list of formats allowed to be posted (transformed into HTML)
  • mrf_transparency: Make the content of your Message Rewrite Facility settings public (via nodeinfo).
  • scope_copy: Copy the scope (private/unlisted/public) in replies to posts by default.
  • subject_line_behavior: Allows changing the default behaviour of subject lines in replies. Valid values:
    • "email": Copy and preprend re:, as in email.
    • "masto": Copy verbatim, as in Mastodon.
    • "noop": Don't copy the subject.
  • always_show_subject_input: When set to false, auto-hide the subject field when it's empty.
  • extended_nickname_format: Set to true to use extended local nicknames format (allows underscores/dashes). This will break federation with older software for theses nicknames.
  • max_pinned_statuses: The maximum number of pinned statuses. 0 will disable the feature.
  • autofollowed_nicknames: Set to nicknames of (local) users that every new user should automatically follow.
  • no_attachment_links: Set to true to disable automatically adding attachment link text to statuses
  • welcome_message: A message that will be send to a newly registered users as a direct message.
  • welcome_user_nickname: The nickname of the local user that sends the welcome message.
  • max_report_comment_size: The maximum size of the report comment (Default: 1000)
  • safe_dm_mentions: If set to true, only mentions at the beginning of a post will be used to address people in direct messages. This is to prevent accidental mentioning of people when talking about them (e.g. "@friend hey i really don't like @enemy"). (Default: false)
  • healthcheck: if set to true, system data will be shown on /api/pleroma/healthcheck.


  • backends: :console is used to send logs to stdout, {ExSyslogger, :ex_syslogger} to log to syslog, and Quack.Logger to log to Slack

An example to enable ONLY ExSyslogger (f/ex in prod.secret.exs) with info and debug suppressed:

config :logger,
  backends: [{ExSyslogger, :ex_syslogger}]

config :logger, :ex_syslogger,
  level: :warn

Another example, keeping console output and adding the pid to syslog output:

config :logger,
  backends: [:console, {ExSyslogger, :ex_syslogger}]

config :logger, :ex_syslogger,
  level: :warn,
  option: [:pid, :ndelay]

See: logger’s documentation and ex_syslogger’s documentation

An example of logging info to local syslog, but warn to a Slack channel:

config :logger,
  backends: [ {ExSyslogger, :ex_syslogger}, Quack.Logger ],
  level: :info

config :logger, :ex_syslogger,
  level: :info,
  ident: "pleroma",
  format: "$metadata[$level] $message"

config :quack,
  level: :warn,
  meta: [:all],
  webhook_url: ""

See the Quack Github for more details


This can be used to configure a keyword list that keeps the configuration data for any kind of frontend. By default, settings for pleroma_fe and masto_fe are configured.

Frontends can access these settings at /api/pleroma/frontend_configurations

To add your own configuration for PleromaFE, use it like this:

config :pleroma, :frontend_configurations,
  pleroma_fe: %{
    theme: "pleroma-dark",
    # ... see /priv/static/static/config.json for the available keys.
  masto_fe: %{
    showInstanceSpecificPanel: true

These settings need to be complete, they will override the defaults.

NOTE: for versions < 1.0, you need to set :fe to false, as shown a few lines below.



If you are using this method, please change it to the frontend_configurations method. Please set this option to false in your config like this:

config :pleroma, :fe, false

This section is used to configure Pleroma-FE, unless :managed_config in :instance is set to false.

  • theme: Which theme to use, they are defined in styles.json
  • logo: URL of the logo, defaults to Pleroma’s logo
  • logo_mask: Whether to use only the logo's shape as a mask (true) or as a regular image (false)
  • logo_margin: What margin to use around the logo
  • background: URL of the background, unless viewing a user profile with a background that is set
  • redirect_root_no_login: relative URL which indicates where to redirect when a user isn’t logged in.
  • redirect_root_login: relative URL which indicates where to redirect when a user is logged in.
  • show_instance_panel: Whenether to show the instance’s specific panel.
  • scope_options_enabled: Enable setting an notice visibility and subject/CW when posting
  • formatting_options_enabled: Enable setting a formatting different than plain-text (ie. HTML, Markdown) when posting, relates to :instance, allowed_post_formats
  • collapse_message_with_subjects: When a message has a subject(aka Content Warning), collapse it by default
  • hide_post_stats: Hide notices statistics(repeats, favorites, …)
  • hide_user_stats: Hide profile statistics(posts, posts per day, followers, followings, …)


  • media_removal: List of instances to remove medias from
  • media_nsfw: List of instances to put medias as NSFW(sensitive) from
  • federated_timeline_removal: List of instances to remove from Federated (aka The Whole Known Network) Timeline
  • reject: List of instances to reject any activities from
  • accept: List of instances to accept any activities from


  • allow_followersonly: whether to allow followers-only posts
  • allow_direct: whether to allow direct messages


  • delist_threshold: Number of mentioned users after which the message gets delisted (the message can still be seen, but it will not show up in public timelines and mentioned users won't get notifications about it). Set to 0 to disable.
  • reject_threshold: Number of mentioned users after which the messaged gets rejected. Set to 0 to disable.


  • reject: A list of patterns which result in message being rejected, each pattern can be a string or a regular expression
  • federated_timeline_removal: A list of patterns which result in message being removed from federated timelines (a.k.a unlisted), each pattern can be a string or a regular expression
  • replace: A list of tuples containing {pattern, replacement}, pattern can be a string or a regular expression


  • enabled: Enables proxying of remote media to the instance’s proxy
  • base_url: The base URL to access a user-uploaded file. Useful when you want to proxy the media files via another host/CDN fronts.
  • proxy_opts: All options defined in Pleroma.ReverseProxy documentation, defaults to [max_body_length: (25*1_048_576)].
  • whitelist: List of domains to bypass the mediaproxy


  • enabled: Enables the gopher interface
  • ip: IP address to bind to
  • port: Port to bind to
  • dstport: Port advertised in urls (optional, defaults to port)


Phoenix endpoint configuration, all configuration options can be viewed here, only common options are listed here

  • http - a list containing http protocol configuration, all configuration options can be viewed here, only common options are listed here
    • ip - a tuple consisting of 4 integers
    • port
  • url - a list containing the configuration for generating urls, accepts
    • host - the host without the scheme and a post (e.g, not
    • scheme - e.g http, https
    • port
    • path
  • extra_cookie_attrs - a list of Key=Value strings to be added as non-standard cookie attributes. Defaults to ["SameSite=Lax"]. See the SameSite article on OWASP for more info.

Important note: if you modify anything inside these lists, default config.exs values will be overwritten, which may result in breakage, to make sure this does not happen please copy the default value for the list from config.exs and modify/add only what you need


config :pleroma, Pleroma.Web.Endpoint,
  url: [host: "", port: 2020, scheme: "https"],
  http: [
    # start copied from config.exs
    dispatch: [
         {"/api/v1/streaming", Pleroma.Web.MastodonAPI.WebsocketHandler, []},
         {"/websocket", Phoenix.Endpoint.CowboyWebSocket,
           {Pleroma.Web.Endpoint, Pleroma.Web.UserSocket, websocket_config}}},
         {:_, Phoenix.Endpoint.Cowboy2Handler, {Pleroma.Web.Endpoint, []}}
    # end copied from config.exs
    port: 8080,
    ip: {127, 0, 0, 1}

This will make Pleroma listen on port 8080 and generate urls starting with


  • accept_blocks: Whether to accept incoming block activities from other instances
  • unfollow_blocked: Whether blocks result in people getting unfollowed
  • outgoing_blocks: Whether to federate blocks to other instances
  • deny_follow_blocked: Whether to disallow following an account that has blocked the user in question


  • enabled: Whether the managed content security policy is enabled
  • sts: Whether to additionally send a Strict-Transport-Security header
  • sts_max_age: The maximum age for the Strict-Transport-Security header if sent
  • ct_max_age: The maximum age for the Expect-CT header if sent
  • referrer_policy: The referrer policy to use, either "same-origin" or "no-referrer".


The keys in this section are the domain names that the policy should apply to. Each key should be assigned a list of users that should be allowed through by their ActivityPub ID.

An example:

config :pleroma, :mrf_user_allowlist,
  "": [""]

:web_push_encryption, :vapid_details

Web Push Notifications configuration. You can use the mix task mix web_push.gen.keypair to generate it.

  • subject: a mailto link for the administrative contact. It’s best if this email is not a personal email address, but rather a group email so that if a person leaves an organization, is unavailable for an extended period, or otherwise can’t respond, someone else on the list can.
  • public_key: VAPID public key
  • private_key: VAPID private key


  • enabled: Whether the captcha should be shown on registration
  • method: The method/service to use for captcha
  • seconds_valid: The time in seconds for which the captcha is valid


Kocaptcha is a very simple captcha service with a single API endpoint, the source code is here: The default endpoint is hosted by the developer.

  • endpoint: the kocaptcha endpoint to use


Allows to set a token that can be used to authenticate with the admin api without using an actual user by giving it as the 'admin_token' parameter. Example:

config :pleroma, :admin_token, "somerandomtoken"

You can then do

curl "http://localhost:4000/api/pleroma/admin/invite_token?admin_token=somerandomtoken"


Pleroma Job Queue configuration: a list of queues with maximum concurrent jobs.

Pleroma has the following queues:

  • federator_outgoing - Outgoing federation
  • federator_incoming - Incoming federation
  • mailer - Email sender, see Pleroma.Emails.Mailer
  • transmogrifier - Transmogrifier
  • web_push - Web push notifications
  • scheduled_activities - Scheduled activities, see Pleroma.ScheduledActivities


config :pleroma_job_queue, :queues,
  federator_incoming: 50,
  federator_outgoing: 50

This config contains two queues: federator_incoming and federator_outgoing. Both have the max_jobs set to 50.


  • enabled: If set to true, failed federation jobs will be retried
  • max_jobs: The maximum amount of parallel federation jobs running at the same time.
  • initial_timeout: The initial timeout in seconds
  • max_retries: The maximum number of times a federation job is retried


  • providers: a list of metadata providers to enable. Providers available:
    • Pleroma.Web.Metadata.Providers.OpenGraph
    • Pleroma.Web.Metadata.Providers.TwitterCard
    • Pleroma.Web.Metadata.Providers.RelMe - add links from user bio with rel=me into the <header> as <link rel=me>
  • unfurl_nsfw: If set to true nsfw attachments will be shown in previews


  • enabled: if enabled the instance will parse metadata from attached links to generate link previews


  • enabled: if enabled, when a new user is federated with, fetch some of their latest posts
  • pages: the amount of pages to fetch


Advanced. Tweaks Hackney (http client) connections pools.

There's three pools used:

  • :federation for the federation jobs. You may want this pool max_connections to be at least equal to the number of federator jobs + retry queue jobs.
  • :media for rich media, media proxy
  • :upload for uploaded media (if using a remote uploader and proxy_remote: true)

For each pool, the options are:

  • max_connections - how much connections a pool can hold
  • timeout - retention duration for connections


Configuration for the auto_linker library:

  • class: "auto-linker" - specify the class to be added to the generated link. false to clear
  • rel: "noopener noreferrer" - override the rel attribute. false to clear
  • new_window: true - set to false to remove target='_blank' attribute
  • scheme: false - Set to true to link urls with schema
  • truncate: false - Set to a number to truncate urls longer then the number. Truncated urls will end in ..
  • strip_prefix: true - Strip the scheme prefix
  • extra: false - link urls with rarely used schemes (magnet, ipfs, irc, etc.)


config :auto_linker,
  opts: [
    scheme: true,
    extra: true,
    class: false,
    strip_prefix: false,
    new_window: false,
    rel: false


  • daily_user_limit: the number of scheduled activities a user is allowed to create in a single day (Default: 25)
  • total_user_limit: the number of scheduled activities a user is allowed to create in total (Default: 300)
  • enabled: whether scheduled activities are sent to the job queue to be executed


  • Pleroma.Web.Auth.PleromaAuthenticator: default database authenticator
  • Pleroma.Web.Auth.LDAPAuthenticator: LDAP authentication


Use LDAP for user authentication. When a user logs in to the Pleroma instance, the name and password will be verified by trying to authenticate (bind) to an LDAP server. If a user exists in the LDAP directory but there is no account with the same name yet on the Pleroma instance then a new Pleroma account will be created with the same name as the LDAP user name.

  • enabled: enables LDAP authentication
  • host: LDAP server hostname
  • port: LDAP port, e.g. 389 or 636
  • ssl: true to use SSL, usually implies the port 636
  • sslopts: additional SSL options
  • tls: true to start TLS, usually implies the port 389
  • tlsopts: additional TLS options
  • base: LDAP base, e.g. "dc=example,dc=com"
  • uid: LDAP attribute name to authenticate the user, e.g. when "cn", the filter will be "cn=username,base"


Authentication / authorization settings.

  • auth_template: authentication form template. By default it's show.html which corresponds to lib/pleroma/web/templates/o_auth/o_auth/show.html.eex.
  • oauth_consumer_template: OAuth consumer mode authentication form template. By default it's consumer.html which corresponds to lib/pleroma/web/templates/o_auth/o_auth/consumer.html.eex.
  • oauth_consumer_strategies: the list of enabled OAuth consumer strategies; by default it's set by OAUTH_CONSUMER_STRATEGIES environment variable.

OAuth consumer mode

OAuth consumer mode allows sign in / sign up via external OAuth providers (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, etc.). Implementation is based on Ueberauth; see the list of available strategies.

Note: each strategy is shipped as a separate dependency; in order to get the strategies, run OAUTH_CONSUMER_STRATEGIES="..." mix deps.get, e.g. OAUTH_CONSUMER_STRATEGIES="twitter facebook google microsoft" mix deps.get. The server should also be started with OAUTH_CONSUMER_STRATEGIES="..." mix phx.server in case you enable any strategies.

Note: each strategy requires separate setup (on external provider side and Pleroma side). Below are the guidelines on setting up most popular strategies.

Note: make sure that "SameSite=Lax" is set in extra_cookie_attrs when you have this feature enabled. OAuth consumer mode will not work with "SameSite=Strict"

  • For Twitter, register an app, configure callback URL to https://<your_host>/oauth/twitter/callback

  • For Facebook, register an app, configure callback URL to https://<your_host>/oauth/facebook/callback, enable Facebook Login service at<app_id>/fb-login/settings/

  • For Google, register an app, configure callback URL to https://<your_host>/oauth/google/callback

  • For Microsoft, register an app, configure callback URL to https://<your_host>/oauth/microsoft/callback

Once the app is configured on external OAuth provider side, add app's credentials and strategy-specific settings (if any — e.g. see Microsoft below) to config/prod.secret.exs, per strategy's documentation (e.g. ueberauth_twitter). Example config basing on environment variables:

# Twitter
config :ueberauth, Ueberauth.Strategy.Twitter.OAuth,
  consumer_key: System.get_env("TWITTER_CONSUMER_KEY"),
  consumer_secret: System.get_env("TWITTER_CONSUMER_SECRET")

# Facebook
config :ueberauth, Ueberauth.Strategy.Facebook.OAuth,
  client_id: System.get_env("FACEBOOK_APP_ID"),
  client_secret: System.get_env("FACEBOOK_APP_SECRET"),
  redirect_uri: System.get_env("FACEBOOK_REDIRECT_URI")

# Google
config :ueberauth, Ueberauth.Strategy.Google.OAuth,
  client_id: System.get_env("GOOGLE_CLIENT_ID"),
  client_secret: System.get_env("GOOGLE_CLIENT_SECRET"),
  redirect_uri: System.get_env("GOOGLE_REDIRECT_URI")

# Microsoft
config :ueberauth, Ueberauth.Strategy.Microsoft.OAuth,
  client_id: System.get_env("MICROSOFT_CLIENT_ID"),
  client_secret: System.get_env("MICROSOFT_CLIENT_SECRET")

config :ueberauth, Ueberauth,
  providers: [
    microsoft: {Ueberauth.Strategy.Microsoft, [callback_params: []]}


  • shortcode_globs: Location of custom emoji files. * can be used as a wildcard. Example ["/emoji/custom/**/*.png"]
  • groups: Emojis are ordered in groups (tags). This is an array of key-value pairs where the key is the groupname and the value the location or array of locations. * can be used as a wildcard. Example [Custom: ["/emoji/*.png", "/emoji/custom/*.png"]]
  • default_manifest: Location of the JSON-manifest. This manifest contains information about the emoji-packs you can download. Currently only one manifest can be added (no arrays).