Environment Settings

Available Configuration Settings

The following environment variables are used to configure your GovReady-Q instance and can be configured through your local local/environment.json or passed in as environmental parameters when launching a container with GovReady-Q.

  • admins: used to configure a display point of contact “Administrator” on site and unrelated to the configuration of actual administrators configured in the database.

  • branding: used for `custom branding`_.

  • db: if supplied, this is the DB connection used. See `DB configuration`_.

  • debug: should be false or absent in production environments. If set to true, turns on certain debug/development settings.

  • email: used to configure access to a mail server for sending and receiving email. Object has the following format: {"host": "smtp.server.com", "port": "587", "user": "...", "pw": "....",   "domain": "webserver.example.com"}. See `Configuring email`_ and `Other Configuration Settings`_. },.

  • govready_cms_api_auth: used to store API key to interact with GovReady’s CMS agent and dashboard. Not relevant to most users. See `GovReady-CMS-API`_.

  • govready-url: this is the fully qualified URL that would appear in public URLS to navigate to the GovReady instance. This is the preferred parameter for determining settings related to ‘http’ or ‘https’, site root, and port. govready-url setting will take precedence over deprecated host and http settings.

  • host (deprecated): this is the domain name (HTTP Host header) used for root-level GovReady-Q pages.

  • https (deprecated): set to true to generate HTTPS headers and urls when site is running behind a proxy terminating HTTPS connections. See `Configuring a Reverse Proxy Webserver for Production Use`_.

  • mailgun_api_key: used to hold API key for using mailgun to send/receive emails.

  • memcached: if setting is true, enable a memcached cache using the default host/port

  • organization-parent-domain: this is the domain name (HTTP Host header) suffix used for organization-specific GovReady-Q pages.

  • organization-seen-anonymously: show list of all created organizations to an anonymous (e.g., not signed-in) user on home page if set to true.

  • secret-key - used to make instance more secure by contributing a salt value to generating various random strings and hashes. Do not share.

  • gr-pdf-generator: specifies the library/process used to generate PDFs, options are off and wkhtmltopdf and default is None.

  • gr-img-generator: specifies the library/process used to generate images and thumbnails, options are off and wkhtmltopdf and default is None.

  • single-organization: used to enforce single organization mode with “main” as subdomain of default organization instead of multi-tenant with different subdomains for different organizations.

  • secure_ssl_redirect: tells Django to redirect any non-secure connections to secure HTTPS (SSL) connections when terminating SSL at Django and connection scheme is https; setting secure_ssl_redirect to true behind a reverse proxy that is also managing redirects can cause infinite redirects.

  • static used to prepend a root path to the default /static/ URL path for accessing static assets.

  • syslog: used to set the host and port of a syslog-compatible log message sink. (Default: None.)

  • trust-user-authentication-headers: used to activate reverse proxy authentication. See `Proxy Authentication Server`_.

Production Deployment Environment Settings

A production system deployment may need to set more options in local/environment.json. Here are recommended settings:

  "debug": false,
  "admins": [["Name", "email@domain.com"], ...],
  "host": "q.<yourdomain>.com",
  "https": true,
  "secret-key": "something random here",
  "static": "/root/public_html"

Enterprise Single-Sign On Environment Settings

GovReady-Q supports Enterprise Login via IAM (Identity and Access Management). In this configuration, GovReady-Q is deployed behind a reverse proxy that authenticates users and passes the authenticated user’s username and email address in HTTP headers.

To activate reverse proxy authentication, add the header names used by the proxy to your local/environment.json, e.g.:

    "trust-user-authentication-headers": {
      "username": "X-Authenticated-User-Username",
      "email": "X-Authenticated-User-Email"

GovReady-Q must be run at a private address that cannot be accessed except through the proxy server. The proxy server must be configured to proxy to GovReady-Q’s private address. See Enterprise Single-Sign On / Login for additional details.

PDF and Image Generation Environment Settings

GovReady-Q optionally supports generating PDFs and custom thumbnails for uploaded files using wkhtmltopdf and wkhtmltoimage. Admins must make sure the wkhtmltopdf library is installed properly for operating system being used.

GovReady-Q PDF generation and thumbnails are turned off by default for security reasons.

PDF generator library wkhtmltopdf has security issues wherein individuals could add HTML references such as links or file references inside the documents they are creating which the PDF Generator blindly interprets. This leads to SSRF (Server Side Request Forgery) in which data is retrieved from server and added to PDF by the PDF Generator. An issue also exists with the sub-dependency of libxslt before CentOS 8.x raising CVE vulnerability with scanners. For these reasons, PDF Generation is being a configurable setting.

To activate PDF and thumbnail generation, add gr-pdf-generator and gr-img-generator environmental parameters to your local/environment.json, e.g.:

   "gr-pdf-generator": "wkhtmltopdf",
   "gr-img-generator": "`wkhtmltopdf",

Custom Branding Environment Settings

You may override the templates and stylesheets that are used for GovReady-Q’s branding by adding a new key named branding that is the name of an installed Django app Python module (i.e. created using manage.py startapp) that holds templates and static files. See Applying Custom Organization Branding.