Firely Server settings with Environment Variables

Environment Variables for appsettings

All the settings in Firely Server settings can be overridden by environment variables on your OS. This can be useful if you want to deploy Firely Server to several machines, each having their own settings for certain options. For Using Firely Server on Docker using environment variables in the docker-compose file is currently the only way to pass settings to the container. Or if you don’t want a database password in the appsettings.json file.

The format for the environment variables is:


So you start the variable name with the prefix ‘VONK_’, and then follow the properties in the json settings, separating each level with a colon ‘:’. Some examples:


"Repository" : "SQL"

environment variable:


To access an embedded value, using the ‘:’ separator:


"Administration" : {
        "SqlDbOptions" : {
                "ConnectionString" : "<some connectionstring>"

environment variable:

VONK_Repository:SqlDbOptions:ConnectionString=<some connectionstring>

To access an array item, use 0-based indexing:


Arrays in Environment Variables

Sometimes the appsettings allow for an array of values, e.g. in the setting for AllowedProfiles in Validating incoming resources. You can address them by appending an extra colon and an index number.


"Validation": {
  "ValidateIncomingResources": "true",

environment variables:


Log settings with Environment Variables

You can control the Log settings with Environment Variables the same way as the Environment Variables for appsettings above. The difference is in the prefix. For the log settings we use ‘VONKLOG_’.


“Serilog”: {
“MinimumLevel”: {
“Override”: {

“Vonk.Configuration”: “Information”,

environment variable:


Changing Environment Variables on Windows

In Windows you can change the Environment Variables with Powershell or through the UI. Based on the first example above:

  • In Powershell run:
    > $env:VONK_Repository="SQL"

  • or go to your System, open the Advanced system settings –> Environment variables and create a new variable with the name VONK_Repository and set the value to “SQL” (you don’t need to enter the quotes here).