# Configure Typesense

# Using Command Line Arguments

Command line arguments can be passed to the server as --parameter=value.

Parameter Required Description
--config false Path to the configuration file. If you use this argument, you can define all of the other command line arguments in a configuration file. See the "Configuring Typesense" section for more details.
--api-key true API key that allows all operations.
--search-only-api-key false API key that allows only searches (i.e. restricted to the /collections/collection_name/documents/search end-point). Use this to make search requests directly from Javascript, without exposing your primary API key.
--data-dir true Path to the directory where data will be stored on disk.
--log-dir false By default, Typesense logs to stdout and stderr. To enable logging to a file, provide a path to a logging directory.
--listen-address false Address to which Typesense API service binds. Default: 0.0.0.0
--listen-port false Port on which Typesense API service listens. Default: 8108
--master false Starts the server as a read-only replica by defining the master Typesense server's address in
http(s)://<master_address>:<master_port> format
--ssl-certificate false Path to the SSL certificate file. You must also define ssl-certificate-key to enable HTTPS.
--ssl-certificate-key false Path to the SSL certificate key file. You must also define ssl-certificate to enable HTTPS.

# Using a Configuration File

As an alternative to command line arguments, you can also configure Typesense server through a configuration file or via environment variables.

Command line arguments are given the highest priority, while environment variables are given the least priority.

Our Linux DEB/RPM packages install the configuration file at /etc/typesense/typesense-server.ini.

The configuration file uses a simple INI format:

# Using Environment Variables

If you wish to use environment variables, you can do that too. The environment variables map to the command line arguments documented above: just use CAPS and underscores instead of hyphens.

For example, use DATA_DIR for the --data-dir argument.

Last Updated: 6/15/2021, 4:16:29 AM