Configuration layout

Configuration file layout differs between the RPM and Launcher installation methods.

RPM layout

|-- admin.aclpolicy
|-- profile
|-- jaas-loginmodule.conf
`-- ssl
    |-- keystore (not packaged)
    `-- truststore (not packaged)

Launcher layout

|-- admin.aclpolicy
|-- profile
|-- jaas-loginmodule.conf

Configuration files

Configuration is specified in a number of standard Rundeck configuration files generated during the installation process.

The purpose of each configuration file is described in its own section.


Administrator access control policy defined with a [aclpolicy] document.

This file governs the access for the "admin" group and role.

See role based access control for information about setting up policy files for other user groups.

Configuration file used by shell tools and core Rundeck services. This file will be created for you at install time.

Some important settings:

  • framework.server.hostname: Hostname of the Rundeck server node
  • Name (identity) of the Rundeck server node
  • framework.projects.dir: Path to the directory containing Rundeck Project directories. Default is $RDECK_BASE/projects.
  • framework.var.dir: Base directory for output and temp files used by the server and CLI tools. Default is $RDECK_BASE/var.
  • framework.logs.dir: Directory for log files written by core services and Rundeck Server's Job executions. Default is $RDECK_BASE/var/logs
  • framework.server.username: Username for connection to the Rundeck server
  • framework.server.password: Password for connection to the Rundeck server
  • framework.rundeck.url: Base URL for Rundeck server.

SSH Connection settings (See Plugins User Guide > SSH Plugins):

  • framework.ssh.keypath: Path to the SSH private key file used for SSH connections
  • framework.ssh.user: Default username for SSH Connections, if not overridden by Node specific value.
  • framework.ssh-connect-timeout: timeout in milliseconds for SSH connections. The default is "0" (no timeout). You can modify this to change the connect/socket timeout. (Deprecated: framework.ssh.timeout.)
  • framework.ssh-command-timeout: timeout in milliseconds for SSH commands. The default is "0" (no timeout). You can modify this to change the maximum time allowed for SSH commands to run.

Other settings:

  • framework.log.dispatch.console.format: Default format for non-terse node execution logging run by the dispatch CLI tool.
  • execution.script.tokenexpansion.enabled: Whether inline script token expansion is enabled, default true. If false, the "Inline Script Content" syntax described in User Guide > Jobs > Context Variable Usage is disabled.

Static authentication tokens for API access:

You can define the location of a .properties file in

  • rundeck.tokens.file=/etc/rundeck/

The file should contain static authentication tokens you wish to use, keyed by the associated username:

username: token_string
username2: token_string2

The token_strings can be used as Authentication tokens to the API.

Global execution variables

Entries in in the form framework.globals.X=Y Adds a variable X available in all execution contexts as ${globals.X}.

Global variables can be overridden in the by adding a line in the form of project.globals.X=Y and then accessing it as ${globals.X}.

Rundeck uses log4j as its application logging facility. This file defines the logging configuration for the Rundeck server.

This file defines the logging configuration for the Commandline tools.


Shell environment variables used by the shell tools. This file contains several parameters needed during the startup of the shell tools like umask, Java home and classpath, and SSL options.

Rundeck project configuration file when using Filesystem based project definitions (see Project Setup - Project Definitions).

One of these is generated at project setup time. Each project has a directory within the Rundeck projects directory, and the config file is within the etc subdirectory:

Property Description Declare the project name.
project.ssh-authentication SSH authentication type (eg, privateKey).
project.ssh-keypath SSH identify file.
service.FileCopier.default.provider Default script file copier plugin.
service.NodeExecutor.default.provider Default node executor plugin.
resources.source.N... Defines a Resource model source see Resource Model Sources.
project.globals.X Defines a Project Global variable

Here's an example that configures a File source:


Another that configures a URL source:


And one that configures a Directory source:${}/site_nodes

Additional sources increment the source number. You can reference the project name by using the ${} context variable.

Project Global execution variables

Project configuration entries of the form project.globals.X=Y Adds a variable X available in all execution contexts as ${globals.X}, and overrides any global with the same name defined in


JAAS configuration for the Rundeck server. The listing below shows the file content for a normal RPM installation. One can see it specifies the use of the PropertyFileLoginModule:

RDpropertyfilelogin { required

Property file user directory when PropertyFileLoginModule is used. Specified from jaas-loginmodule.conf.

Session timeout

Edit the web.xml to modify session-timeout from 30 to 90 minutes:

RPM: /var/lib/rundeck/exp/webapp/WEB-INF/web.xml

Example: Set the timeout to 60 minutes:

diff /var/lib/rundeck/exp/webapp/WEB-INF/web.xml web.xml


< <session-timeout>30</session-timeout>


> <session-timeout>90</session-timeout>

This is the primary Rundeck webapp configuration file. Defines default loglevel, datasource configuration, and GUI customization.

The following sections describe configuration values for this file.


  • : true/false. Default: true. Switches between HMac based request tokens, and the default grails UUID tokens. HMac tokens have a timeout, which may cause submitted forms or actions to fail with a message like "Token has expired".
    If set to false, UUIDs will be used instead of HMac tokens, and they have no timeouts. The default timeout for tokens can be changed with the -Dorg.rundeck.web.infosec.HMacSynchronizerTokensHolder.DEFAULT_DURATION=[timeout in ms].

  • true/false. Default: true.
    Determines whether access to the API is allowed if the API client authenticates via session cookies (i.e. username and password login.) If set to false, the current CLI tools and API libraries will not operate correctly if they use username and password login.

  • rundeck.api.tokens.duration.max: Duration string indicating maximum lifetime of API Tokens. If unset, the value will be "30d" (30 days). Format: "##{ydhms}" (years, days, hours, minutes, seconds). If you want to disable the max expiration you can set it to 0 and create token with 0 duration that don't expire.

  •|POST|*. Set HTTP Method to filter based on Referer header. Can be POST, or "*" for all methods. Default: NONE (disabled)

  • true|false. Allow /api/* requests without requiring matching Referer header. Default: true.

  • true|false. If server URL is HTTPS, Require referer header to be from HTTPS version of server URL, if false allow HTTP as well. Default: true.

Execution Mode

  • rundeck.executionMode:active/passive. Default active. Set the Execution Mode for the Rundeck server.

Rundeck can be in active or passive execution mode.

  • active mode: Jobs, scheduled Jobs, and adhoc executions can be run.
  • passive mode: No Jobs or adhoc executions can be run.

Setting Rundeck to passive mode prevents users from running anything on the system and is useful when managing Rundeck server clusters.

Project Configuration Storage settings

The Project Setup - Project Definitions mechanism is configured within this file, see:

Key Storage settings

The Key storage mechanism is configured within this file, see:

Notification email settings

See Email Settings: Notification email settings

Custom Email Templates

See Email Settings: Custom Email Templates

Execution finalize retry settings

If a sporadic DB connection failure happens when an execution finishes, Rundeck may fail to update the state of the execution in the database, causing the execution to appear is if it is still "running".

Rundeck now attempts to retry the update to correctly register the final state of the execution. You can tune how many times and how often this retry occurs with these config values:

# attempt to retry the final state update

# attempt to retry updating job statistics after execution finishes

Delay is in milliseconds. If a max is set to -1, then retries will happen indefinitely.

Metrics servlets

Rundeck includes the Metrics servlets. You can selectively disable these by setting these config values:


Servlet names are:

  • metrics
  • threads
  • ping
  • healthcheck

All of the servlets are enabled by default.

Pagination defaults

Default paging size for the Activity page and results from execution API queries can be changed.


Job Remote Option URL connection parameters

Change the defaults for for Job Remote Option Value URLs loading.

Socket read timeout

Max wait time reading from socket.

Default value: 10 (seconds)

Change this by setting:[seconds]

Connection timeout

Max wait time attempting to make the connection.

Default value: (no timeout)

Change this by setting:[seconds]

No response retry

If the request is sent, but the server disconnects without a response (e.g. server is overloaded), retry the request this many times.

Default value: 3

Change this by setting:[total]

Job File Option Uploads

Values to configure file uploads for File type Job options:

Max temp file size. File size in bytes or with a suffix of k,m,g,t (kilo,mega,giga,tera).


Max temp file expiration (duration in milliseconds). The uploaded file will be removed if not used as a job option within ths time period. (This primarily affects Job executions performed via API because the File Upload and Job Run are performed as separate steps.)

# default is 10 minutes

Groovy config format

You can change you to a rundeck-config.groovy.

The groovy format is a java-like language, and it is not the same as properties.

Make sure you put quotes around all string values, but it is not necessary for true/false or numbers.

java properties format: 

groovy format:"value"

You can also use nested values using curly brackets, or use dot-notation "a.b.c", but since it is not simple text properties, strings have to be quoted.

E.g. : a.b.c="blah" is the same as:


Specify config file location

You will need to point rundeck at the new filename when you start up rundeck:

  • Launcher:

    java -jar rundeck-launcher.jar

RPM: Add this to the /etc/sysconfig/rundeckd file:

    export RDECK_CONFIG_FILE="/etc/rundeck/rundeck-config.groovy"

RPM/DEB: Add this to the /etc/default/rundeckd file:

    export RDECK_CONFIG_FILE="/etc/rundeck/rundeck-config.groovy"