Libervia main configuration is set in a file named libervia.conf (which may be prefixed by a . if you want to hide it on suitable platforms). It is a common file used both by backend and all frontends (and even related project like Libervia Pubsub).

This file can be located in the following paths (in order of parsing):
  • /etc

  • ~ ($HOME or your home directory)

  • XDG directory for configuration (most of time it is ~/.config/libervia/)

  • the parent directory of Libervia installation path

If several configurations files are found, they are merged. In case of conflict, the option parsed last is the one used (in other words: if you have an option set in /etc/libervia.conf and the same one set in ~/.libervia.conf, the one from ~/.libervia.conf will be used because it is parsed after /etc).


libervia.conf is using the INI file format as understood by Python’s SafeConfigParser (meaning that you can use interpolation).

The DEFAULT section is used for global options, this is where you specify where are your media.

Each frontend can have specific section with its name in lowercase (sections are case sensitive), and some backend plugin can use specific sections too (usually named plugin <plugin name>). The pubsub section is used by Libervia PubSub. A section can also have the name of a web site used with Libervia web framework.

To recapitulate, you can have the following sections in your libervia.conf:


the main, global section

frontend name (in lower case)

frontend specific settings. Some examples:

  • [desktop]

  • [cli]

  • [tui]

  • [web]

[plugin <plugin name>]

backend plugin specific settings. Some examples:

  • [plugin account]

  • [plugin muc]

  • [plugin search]


Libervia PubSub settings

[<website name>]

the settings of a website for Libervia web framework

In the section, the option names suffixes are used to identify the type of settings:

  • _dir is used to indicate a path to a directory

  • _path is used to indicate a path (generally to a file, _dir being used for directories)

  • _int indicate a integer

  • _list indicate a list comma-separated values

  • _dict indicate a dictionary

  • _json is used for complex data, represented with JSON format

Remember that if you want to span your data on several lines (which is often used with *_dict or *_json options), you need to indent the extra lines and keep the same indentation.


Here is a configuration that you can use as a model to specify your own settings. Check the comments to get the meaning of each option.

; where Libervia media are located
media_dir = ~/workspace/sat_media
log_level = debug
; domain used for new accounts
xmpp_domain =
; list of profiles with admin rights
admins_list = toto,titi
; settings to let the backend send emails
email_from =
email_server = localhost
# email_port =
# email_username =
# email_password =
# email_starttls = true
# email_auth = true
# email_admins_list =,
; override DNS records
hosts_dict = {
    "": {"host": ""}
; background luminance, used by terminal frontends
; can be "auto" (default) to autodetect, "dark" or "light"
background = auto
# end-user facing URL, used by Web frontend
public_url =
# uncomment next line if you don't want to use local cache for pubsub items
; pubsub_cache_strategy = "no_cache"

[plugin account]
; where a new account must be created
new_account_server = localhost
new_account_domain =

[plugin muc]
; default room to use in the "Join room" menu
default_muc =

log_level = debug
; how the logs are formatted
; note that "%" must be doubled here
log_fmt = %%(levelname)s: %%(message)s
; use bracketed paste mode
bracketed_paste = true

; how to use xdotool to refresh Firefox when doing "li blog edit"
blog_preview_open_cmd = firefox -new-tab {url}
blog_preview_update_cmd = /bin/sh -c "WID=$(xdotool search --name 'Mozilla Firefox' | head -1); xdotool windowactivate $WID; xdotool key F5"
; and below the equivalent with Konqueror
# blog_preview_open_cmd = konqueror {url}
# blog_preview_update_cmd = /bin/sh -c "qdbus $(qdbus org.kde.konqueror\*) /konqueror/MainWindow_1 reload"

; do we want "http", "https" or "both"?
connection_type = both
port = 8080
port_https = 8443
; external port used for HTTPS (0 to use "port_https" value)
port_https_ext = 443
; TLS public certificate or private key
; and public certificate combined (PEM format)
tls_certificate = libervia.pem
; TLS certificate private key (PEM format)
tls_private_key = libervia-key.pem
; if true (or 1), HTTP will redirect to HTTPS
redirect_to_https = 1
; passphrase for libervia profile
passphrase = something_secure
; here we redirect main libervia page
; to the blog of a profile named "some_profile"
url_redirections_dict = {
  "/": "/u/some_profile"