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Global options

The Caddyfile has a way for you to specify options that apply globally. Some options act as default values, while others customize the behavior of the Caddyfile adapter.

The very top of your Caddyfile can be a global options block. This is a block that has no keys:


There can only be one at most, and it must be the first block of the Caddyfile.

Possible options are:

	http_port   <port>
	https_port  <port>
	default_sni <name>
	order <dir1> first|last|[before|after <dir2>]
	storage <module_name> {
	acme_ca <directory_url>
	acme_ca_root <pem_file>
	email   <yours>
	admin   off|<addr>
	on_demand_tls {
		ask      <endpoint>
		interval <duration>
		burst    <n>
	key_type ed25519|p256|p384|rsa2048|rsa4096
	auto_https off|disable_redirects
  • debug enables debug mode, which sets all log levels to debug (unless otherwise specified).
  • http_port is the port for the server to use for HTTP. For internal use only; does not change the HTTP port for clients. Default: 80
  • https_port is the port for the server to use for HTTPS. For internal use only; does not change the HTTPS port for clients. Default: 443
  • default_sni sets a default TLS ServerName for when clients do not use SNI in their ClientHello.
  • order sets or changes the standard order of HTTP handler directive(s). Can set directives to be first or last, or before or after another directive.
  • experimental_http3 enables experimental draft HTTP/3 support. Note that HTTP/3 is not a finished spec and client support is extremely limited. This option will go away in the future. This option is not subject to compatibility promises.
  • storage configures Caddy's storage mechanism. Default: file_system
  • acme_ca specifies the URL to the ACME CA's directory. It is strongly recommended to set this to Let's Encrypt's staging endpoint for testing or development. Default: Let's Encrypt's production endpoint.
  • acme_ca_root specifies a PEM file that contains a trusted root certificate for ACME CA endpoints, if not in the system trust store.
  • email is your email address. Mainly used when creating an ACME account with your CA, and is highly recommended in case there are problems with your certificates.
  • admin customizes the admin API endpoint. If off, then the admin endpoint will be disabled. If disabled, config changes will be impossible without stopping and starting the server.
  • on_demand_tls configures On-Demand TLS where it is enabled, but does not enable it (to enable it, use the on_demand tls subdirective). Highly recommended if using in production environments, to prevent abuse.
    • ask will cause Caddy to make an HTTP request to the given URL with a query string of ?domain= containing the value of the domain name. If the endpoint returns 200 OK, Caddy will be authorized to obtain a certificate for that name.
    • interval and burst allows <n> certificate operations within <duration> interval.
  • local_certs causes all certificates to be issued internally by default, rather than through a (public) ACME CA such as Let's Encrypt. This is useful in development environments.
  • key_type specifies the type of key to generate for TLS certificates; only change this if you have a specific need to customize it.
  • auto_https configure automatic HTTPS. It can either disable it entirely (off) or disable only HTTP-to-HTTPS redirects (disable_redirects).