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Version: 1.21.11

Environment variables

This is an inventory of Gitea environment variables. They change Gitea behaviour.

Initialize them before Gitea command to be effective, for example:

GITEA_CUSTOM=/home/gitea/custom ./gitea web

From Go language

As Gitea is written in Go, it uses some Go variables, such as:

For documentation about each of the variables available, refer to the official Go documentation.

Gitea files

  • GITEA_WORK_DIR: Absolute path of working directory.
  • GITEA_CUSTOM: Gitea uses WorkPath/custom folder by default. Use this variable to change custom directory.

Operating system specifics

  • USER: System user that Gitea will run as. Used for some repository access strings.
  • USERNAME: if no USER found, Gitea will use USERNAME
  • HOME: User home directory path. The USERPROFILE environment variable is used in Windows.

Only on Windows

  • USERPROFILE: User home directory path. If empty, uses HOMEDRIVE + HOMEPATH
  • HOMEDRIVE: Main drive path used to access the home directory (C:)
  • HOMEPATH: Home relative path in the given home drive path


  • SKIP_MINWINSVC: If set to 1, do not run as a service on Windows.