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Backend Configuration

API Environment Variables


Variables Default Description
PUID 911 UserID permissions between host OS and container
PGID 911 GroupID permissions between host OS and container
DEFAULT_GROUP Home The default group for users
BASE_URL http://localhost:8080 Used for Notifications
TOKEN_TIME 48 The time in hours that a login/auth token is valid
API_PORT 9000 The port exposed by backend API. Do not change this if you're running in Docker
API_DOCS True Turns on/off access to the API documentation locally.
TZ UTC Must be set to get correct date/time on the server
ALLOW_SIGNUP true Allow user sign-up without token


Variables Default Description
SECURITY_MAX_LOGIN_ATTEMPTS 5 Maximum times a user can provide an invalid password before their account is locked
SECURITY_USER_LOCKOUT_TIME 24 Time in hours for how long a users account is locked


Variables Default Description
DB_ENGINE sqlite Optional: 'sqlite', 'postgres'
POSTGRES_USER mealie Postgres database user
POSTGRES_PASSWORD mealie Postgres database password
POSTGRES_SERVER postgres Postgres database server address
POSTGRES_PORT 5432 Postgres database port
POSTGRES_DB mealie Postgres database name


Variables Default Description
SMTP_HOST None Required For email
SMTP_PORT 587 Required For email
SMTP_FROM_NAME Mealie Required For email
SMTP_AUTH_STRATEGY TLS Required For email, Options: 'TLS', 'SSL', 'NONE'
SMTP_FROM_EMAIL None Required For email


Changing the webworker settings may cause unforeseen memory leak issues with Mealie. It's best to leave these at the defaults unless you begin to experience issues with multiple users. Exercise caution when changing these settings

Variables Default Description
WEB_GUNICORN false Enables Gunicorn to manage Uvicorn web for multiple works
WORKERS_PER_CORE 1 Set the number of workers to the number of CPU cores multiplied by this value (Value * CPUs). More info here
MAX_WORKERS None Set the maximum number of workers to use. Default is not set meaning unlimited. More info here
WEB_CONCURRENCY 2 Override the automatic definition of number of workers. More info here


Variables Default Description
LDAP_AUTH_ENABLED False Authenticate via an external LDAP server in addidion to built-in Mealie auth
LDAP_SERVER_URL None LDAP server URL (e.g. ldap://
LDAP_TLS_INSECURE False Do not verify server certificate when using secure LDAP
LDAP_TLS_CACERTFILE None File path to Certificate Authority used to verify server certificate (e.g. /path/to/ca.crt)
LDAP_ENABLE_STARTTLS False Optional. Use STARTTLS to connect to the server
LDAP_BASE_DN None Starting point when searching for users authentication (e.g. CN=Users,DC=xx,DC=yy,DC=de)
LDAP_QUERY_BIND None Optional bind user for LDAP search queries (e.g. cn=admin,cn=users,dc=example,dc=com). If None then anonymous bind will be used
LDAP_QUERY_PASSWORD None Optional password for the bind user used in LDAP_QUERY_BIND
LDAP_USER_FILTER None Optional LDAP filter to narrow down eligible users (e.g. (memberOf=cn=mealie_user,dc=example,dc=com))
LDAP_ADMIN_FILTER None Optional LDAP filter, which tells Mealie the LDAP user is an admin (e.g. (memberOf=cn=admins,dc=example,dc=com))
LDAP_ID_ATTRIBUTE uid The LDAP attribute that maps to the user's id
LDAP_NAME_ATTRIBUTE name The LDAP attribute that maps to the user's name
LDAP_MAIL_ATTRIBUTE mail The LDAP attribute that maps to the user's email


Setting the following environmental variables will change the theme of the frontend. Note that the themes are the same for all users. This is a break-change when migration from v0.x.x -> 1.x.x.

Variables Default Description
THEME_LIGHT_PRIMARY #E58325 Light Theme Config Variable
THEME_LIGHT_ACCENT #007A99 Light Theme Config Variable
THEME_LIGHT_SECONDARY #973542 Light Theme Config Variable
THEME_LIGHT_SUCCESS #43A047 Light Theme Config Variable
THEME_LIGHT_INFO #1976D2 Light Theme Config Variable
THEME_LIGHT_WARNING #FF6D00 Light Theme Config Variable
THEME_LIGHT_ERROR #EF5350 Light Theme Config Variable
THEME_DARK_PRIMARY #E58325 Dark Theme Config Variable
THEME_DARK_ACCENT #007A99 Dark Theme Config Variable
THEME_DARK_SECONDARY #973542 Dark Theme Config Variable
THEME_DARK_SUCCESS #43A047 Dark Theme Config Variable
THEME_DARK_INFO #1976D2 Dark Theme Config Variable
THEME_DARK_WARNING #FF6D00 Dark Theme Config Variable
THEME_DARK_ERROR #EF5350 Dark Theme Config Variable