How to configure Vamp

Vamp configuration is held in a combination of the Vamp application.conf and reference.conf files following the HOCON file standard ( - config). You can override settings in the configuration files using Vamp environment variables or Java/JVM system properties.

Configuration is built in layers following this order:

  1. Environment variables - will override all other settings.
  2. Java system properties - advised for advanced use only.
  3. application.conf - adds environment specifics to the generic reference.conf defaults.
  4. reference.conf - part of the Vamp code. Contains generic, default settings. Not a full configuration.

Override specific configuration parameters

You can override specific parameters set in the application.conf and reference.conf configuration files using Vamp environment variables or Java/JVM system properties. It is advisable to use environment variables when overriding specific parameters.

Environment variables

Environment variables override all other settings. Convert the configuration parameter name to upper case and replace all non-alphanumerics with an underscore _. So, vamp.gateway-driver.timeout becomes VAMP_GATEWAY_DRIVER_TIMEOUT.

For example, to change the you would set the environment variable VAMP_INFO_MESSAGE :

docker run --net=host \
           -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock \
           -v `docker-machine ssh default "which docker"`:/bin/docker \
           -v "/sys/fs/cgroup:/sys/fs/cgroup" \
           -e "DOCKER_HOST_IP=$(docker-machine ip default)" \
           -e "VAMP_INFO_MESSAGE=hey YOU! " \

Java system properties

Configuration by system properties is advised for advanced use only. Overriding specific settings can be best handled using environment variables. If you require extensive customisation, consider creating a new docker image with a custom application.conf file. For example:

export VAMP_INFO_MESSAGE=Hello # overriding Vamp info message (

java \
     -Dlogback.configurationFile=logback.xml \
     -Dconfig.file=application.conf \
     -jar vamp.jar

Use a custom application.conf file

For more extensive customisations, you can create a new Docker image, extending one of the provided Vamp images with a custom application.conf file. The below example explains the steps for creating a Docker image with a custom DCOS config, if you are using a different container management platform you should use the associated application.conf and adjust the Docker file accordingly.

  1. Copy application.conf ( - Vamp DCOS application.conf)
  2. Adjust as required. Check the list of configuration settings (below) for details of the available optionsa
  3. Create a Dockerfile with the lines:
    FROM magneticio/vamp-dcos:0.9.2
    ADD application.conf /usr/local/vamp/conf/
  4. Build the image with docker build --tag <username>/vamp

Extra configuration (not intended for Vamp)

It is possible to store configuration parameters not intended for use by Vamp itself in the Vamp application.conf file, such as configuration for Logstash or workflows. For example, you could chose to include the logstash URL in your custom application.conf file - Vamp would ignore the parameter, but it would be available to all workflows through the API. This is useful for storing shared local configuration parameters. Configuration specific to a single workflow is best set using environment variables or by hard coding the parameter.

Access configuration through the API

All configuration parameters can be retrieved from the Vamp API endpoint config or configuration.

  • Return all configuration parameters as a JSON object:
    GET /api/v1/config .

  • Return a single paramater:
    GET /api/v1/config/<configuration parameter name>

For example GET /api/v1/config/

Or, from a workflow using Vamp node.JS client ( - Vamp Node.js Client):

api.config().each(function (config) {

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