# Configuration Settings

Pomerium can be configured using a configuration file (YAML/JSON/TOML) or environmental variables. In general, environmental variable keys are identical to config file keys but are in uppercase. If you are coming from a kubernetes or docker background this should feel familiar. If not, check out the following primers.

Using both environmental variables and config file keys is allowed and encouraged (for instance, secret keys are probably best set as environmental variables). However, if duplicate configuration keys are found, environment variables take precedence.

Pomerium will automatically reload the configuration file if it is changed. At this time, only policy is re-configured when this reload occurs, but additional options may be added in the future. It is suggested that your policy is stored in a configuration file so that you can take advantage of this feature.

# Shared Settings

These are configuration variables shared by all services, in all service modes.

# Service Mode

  • Environmental Variable: SERVICES
  • Config File Key: services
  • Type: string
  • Default: all
  • Options: all authenticate authorize cache or proxy

Service mode sets the pomerium service(s) to run. If testing, you may want to set to all and run pomerium in "all-in-one mode." In production, you'll likely want to spin up several instances of each service mode for high availability.

# Address

  • Environmental Variable: ADDRESS
  • Config File Key: address
  • Type: string
  • Example: :443, :8443
  • Default: :443
  • Required

Address specifies the host and port to serve HTTP requests from. If empty, :443 is used. Note, in all-in-one deployments, gRPC traffic will be served on loopback on port :5443.

# Administrators

  • Environmental Variable: ADMINISTRATORS
  • Config File Key: administrators
  • Type: slice of string
  • Example: "admin@example.com,admin2@example.com"

Administrative users are super user that can sign in as another user or group. User impersonation allows administrators to temporarily impersonate a different user.

# Shared Secret

  • Environmental Variable: SHARED_SECRET
  • Config File Key: shared_secret
  • Type: base64 encoded string
  • Required

Shared Secret is the base64 encoded 256-bit key used to mutually authenticate requests between services. It's critical that secret keys are random, and stored safely. Use a key management system or /dev/urandom/ to generate a key. For example:

head -c32 /dev/urandom | base64

# Debug

  • Environmental Variable: POMERIUM_DEBUG
  • Config File Key: pomerium_debug
  • Type: bool
  • Default: false


Enabling the debug flag will result in sensitive information being logged!!!

By default, JSON encoded logs are produced. Debug enables colored, human-readable logs to be streamed to standard out. In production, it's recommended to be set to false.

For example, if true

10:37AM INF cmd/pomerium version=v0.0.1-dirty+ede4124
10:37AM INF proxy: new route from=httpbin.corp.beyondperimeter.com to=https://httpbin.org
10:37AM INF proxy: new route from=ssl.corp.beyondperimeter.com to=http://neverssl.com
10:37AM INF proxy/authenticator: grpc connection OverrideCertificateName= addr=auth.corp.beyondperimeter.com:443

If false

{"level":"info","from":"httpbin.corp.beyondperimeter.com","to":"https://httpbin.org","time":"2019-02-18T10:41:03-08:00","message":"proxy: new route"}
{"level":"info","from":"ssl.corp.beyondperimeter.com","to":"http://neverssl.com","time":"2019-02-18T10:41:03-08:00","message":"proxy: new route"}
{"level":"info","OverrideCertificateName":"","addr":"auth.corp.beyondperimeter.com:443","time":"2019-02-18T10:41:03-08:00","message":"proxy/authenticator: grpc connection"}

# Log Level

  • Environmental Variable: LOG_LEVEL
  • Config File Key: log_level
  • Type: string
  • Options: debug info warn error
  • Default: debug

Log level sets the global logging level for pomerium. Only logs of the desired level and above will be logged.

# Insecure Server

  • Environmental Variable: INSECURE_SERVER
  • Config File Key: insecure_server
  • Type: bool
  • Required if certificates unset

Turning on insecure server mode will result in pomerium starting, and operating without any protocol encryption in transit.

This setting can be useful in a situation where you have Pomerium behind a TLS terminating ingress or proxy. However, even in that case, it is highly recommended to use TLS to protect the confidentiality and integrity of service communication even behind the ingress using self-signed certificates or an internal CA. Please see our helm-chart for an example of just that.


Pomerium should never be exposed to the internet without TLS encryption.

# Autocert

  • Environmental Variable: AUTOCERT
  • Config File Key: autocert
  • Type: bool
  • Optional

Turning on autocert allows Pomerium to automatically retrieve, manage, and renew public facing TLS certificates from Let's Encrypt for each of your managed pomerium routes as well as for the authenticate service. This setting must be used in conjunction with Autocert Directory as Autocert must have a place to persist, and share certificate data between services. Provides OCSP stapling.

This setting can be useful in a situation where you do not have Pomerium behind a TLS terminating ingress or proxy that is already handling your public certificates on your behalf.


By using autocert, you agree to the Let's Encrypt Subscriber Agreement. There are strict usage limits per domain you should be aware of. Consider testing with autocert_use_staging first.


Autocert requires that ports 80/443 be accessible from the internet in order to complete a TLS-ALPN-01 challenge.

# Autocert Directory

  • Environmental Variable: either AUTOCERT_DIR

  • Config File Key: autocert_dir

  • Type: string pointing to the path of the directory

  • Required if using Autocert setting

  • Default:

    • /data/autocert in published Pomerium docker images
    • $HOME/.local/share/pomerium

Autocert directory is path in which autocert will store x509 certificate data.

# Autocert Use Staging

  • Environmental Variable: AUTOCERT_USE_STAGING
  • Config File Key: autocert_use_staging
  • Type: bool
  • Optional

Let's Encrypt has strict usage limits. Enabling this setting allows you to use Let's Encrypt's staging environment which has much more lax usage limits.

# Certificates

  • Config File Key: certificates (not yet settable using environmental variables)
  • Config File Key: certificate / certificate_key
  • Config File Key: certificate_file / certificate_key_file
  • Environmental Variable: CERTIFICATE / CERTIFICATE_KEY
  • Type: array of relative file locations string
  • Type: base64 encoded string
  • Type: certificate relative file location string
  • Required (if insecure not set)

Certificates are the x509 public-key and private-key used to establish secure HTTP and gRPC connections. Any combination of the above can be used together, and are additive. Use in conjunction with Autocert to get OCSP stapling.

For example, if specifying multiple certificates at once:

  - cert: "$HOME/.acme.sh/authenticate.example.com_ecc/fullchain.cer"
    key: "$HOME/.acme.sh/authenticate.example.com_ecc/authenticate.example.com.key"
  - cert: "$HOME/.acme.sh/httpbin.example.com_ecc/fullchain.cer"
    key: "$HOME/.acme.sh/httpbin.example.com_ecc/httpbin.example.com.key"
  - cert: "$HOME/.acme.sh/prometheus.example.com_ecc/fullchain.cer"
    key: "$HOME/.acme.sh/prometheus.example.com_ecc/prometheus.example.com.key"

# Global Timeouts

  • Config File Key: timeout_read timeout_write timeout_read_header timeout_idle
  • Type: Go Duration string
  • Example: TIMEOUT_READ=30s

Timeouts set the global server timeouts. For route-specific timeouts, see policy.

cloudflare blog on timeouts

For a deep dive on timeout values see these two excellent blog posts.

# GRPC Options

These settings control upstream connections to the Authorize service.

# GRPC Address

  • Environmental Variable: GRPC_ADDRESS
  • Config File Key: grpc_address
  • Type: string
  • Example: :443, :8443
  • Default: :443 or :5443 if in all-in-one mode

Address specifies the host and port to serve GRPC requests from. Defaults to :443 (or :5443 in all in one mode).

# GRPC Insecure

  • Environmental Variable: GRPC_INSECURE
  • Config File Key: grpc_insecure
  • Type: bool
  • Default: :443 (or :5443 if in all-in-one mode)

If set, GRPC Insecure disables transport security for communication between the proxy and authorize components. If running in all-in-one mode, defaults to true as communication will run over localhost's own socket.

# GRPC Client Timeout

Maximum time before canceling an upstream RPC request. During transient failures, the proxy will retry upstreams for this duration, if possible. You should leave this high enough to handle backend service restart and rediscovery so that client requests do not fail.

  • Environmental Variable: GRPC_CLIENT_TIMEOUT
  • Config File Key: grpc_client_timeout
  • Type: Go Duration string
  • Default: 10s

# GRPC Client DNS RoundRobin

Enable grpc DNS based round robin load balancing. This method uses DNS to resolve endpoints and does client side load balancing of all addresses returned by the DNS record. Do not disable unless you have a specific use case.

  • Environmental Variable: GRPC_CLIENT_DNS_ROUNDROBIN
  • Config File Key: grpc_client_dns_roundrobin
  • Type: bool
  • Default: true

# GRPC Server Max Connection Age

Set max connection age for GRPC servers. After this interval, servers ask clients to reconnect and perform any rediscovery for new/updated endpoints from DNS.

See https://godoc.org/google.golang.org/grpc/keepalive#ServerParameters for details

  • Environmental Variable: GRPC_SERVER_MAX_CONNECTION_AGE
  • Config File Key: grpc_server_max_connection_age
  • Type: Go Duration string
  • Default: 5m

# GRPC Server Max Connection Age Grace

Additive period with grpc_server_max_connection_age, after which servers will force connections to close.

See https://godoc.org/google.golang.org/grpc/keepalive#ServerParameters for details

  • Config File Key: grpc_server_max_connection_age_grace
  • Type: Go Duration string
  • Default: 5m

These settings control the Pomerium session cookies sent to users's browsers.

  • Environmental Variable: COOKIE_NAME
  • Config File Key: cookie_name
  • Type: string
  • Default: _pomerium

The name of the session cookie sent to clients.

  • Environmental Variable: COOKIE_SECRET
  • Config File Key: cookie_secret
  • Type: base64 encoded string

Secret used to encrypt and sign session cookies. You can generate a random key with head -c32 /dev/urandom | base64.

  • Environmental Variable: COOKIE_DOMAIN
  • Config File Key: cookie_domain
  • Type: string
  • Example: corp.beyondperimeter.com
  • Optional

The scope of session cookies issued by Pomerium. Session cookies will be shared by all subdomains of the domain specified here.

# HTTPS only

  • Environmental Variable: COOKIE_SECURE
  • Config File Key: cookie_secure
  • Type: bool
  • Default: true

If true, instructs browsers to only send user session cookies over HTTPS.


Setting this to false may result in session cookies being sent in cleartext.

# Javascript security

  • Environmental Variable: COOKIE_HTTP_ONLY
  • Config File Key: cookie_http_only
  • Type: bool
  • Default: true

If true, prevents javascript in browsers from reading user session cookies.


Setting this to false enables hostile javascript to steal session cookies and impersonate users.

# Expiration

  • Environmental Variable: COOKIE_EXPIRE
  • Config File Key: cookie_expire
  • Type: Go Duration string
  • Default: 14h

Sets the lifetime of session cookies. After this interval, users will be forced to go through the OAuth login flow again to get a new cookie.

# HTTP Redirect Address

  • Environmental Variable: HTTP_REDIRECT_ADDR
  • Config File Key: http_redirect_addr
  • Type: string
  • Example: :80, :8080
  • Optional

If set, the HTTP Redirect Address specifies the host and port to redirect http to https traffic on. If unset, no redirect server is started.

# Metrics Address

  • Environmental Variable: METRICS_ADDRESS
  • Config File Key: metrics_address
  • Type: string
  • Example: :9090,
  • Default: disabled
  • Optional

Expose a prometheus format HTTP endpoint on the specified port. Disabled by default.


Use with caution: the endpoint can expose frontend and backend server names or addresses. Do not externally expose the metrics if this is sensitive information.

Metrics tracked

Name Type Description
boltdb_free_alloc_size_bytes Gauge Bytes allocated in free pages
boltdb_free_page_n Gauge Number of free pages on the freelist
boltdb_freelist_inuse_size_bytes Gauge Bytes used by the freelist
boltdb_open_txn Gauge number of currently open read transactions
boltdb_pending_page_n Gauge Number of pending pages on the freelist
boltdb_txn Gauge total number of started read transactions
boltdb_txn_cursor_total Counter Total number of cursors created
boltdb_txn_node_deref_total Counter Total number of node dereferences
boltdb_txn_node_total Counter Total number of node allocations
boltdb_txn_page_alloc_size_bytes_total Counter Total bytes allocated
boltdb_txn_page_total Counter Total number of page allocations
boltdb_txn_rebalance_duration_ms_total Counter Total time spent rebalancing
boltdb_txn_rebalance_total Counter Total number of node rebalances
boltdb_txn_spill_duration_ms_total Counter Total time spent spilling
boltdb_txn_spill_total Counter Total number of nodes spilled
boltdb_txn_split_total Counter Total number of nodes split
boltdb_txn_write_duration_ms_total Counter Total time spent writing to disk
boltdb_txn_write_total Counter Total number of writes performed
groupcache_cache_hits_total Counter Total cache hits in local or cluster cache
groupcache_cache_hits_total Counter Total cache hits in local or cluster cache
groupcache_gets_total Counter Total get request, including from peers
groupcache_loads_deduped_total Counter gets without cache hits after duplicate suppression
groupcache_loads_total Counter Total gets without cache hits
groupcache_local_load_errs_total Counter Total local load errors
groupcache_local_loads_total Counter Total good local loads
groupcache_peer_errors_total Counter Total errors from peers
groupcache_peer_loads_total Counter Total remote loads or cache hits without error
groupcache_server_requests_total Counter Total gets from peers
grpc_client_request_duration_ms Histogram GRPC client request duration by service
grpc_client_request_size_bytes Histogram GRPC client request size by service
grpc_client_requests_total Counter Total GRPC client requests made by service
grpc_client_response_size_bytes Histogram GRPC client response size by service
grpc_server_request_duration_ms Histogram GRPC server request duration by service
grpc_server_request_size_bytes Histogram GRPC server request size by service
grpc_server_requests_total Counter Total GRPC server requests made by service
grpc_server_response_size_bytes Histogram GRPC server response size by service
http_client_request_duration_ms Histogram HTTP client request duration by service
http_client_request_size_bytes Histogram HTTP client request size by service
http_client_requests_total Counter Total HTTP client requests made by service
http_client_response_size_bytes Histogram HTTP client response size by service
http_server_request_duration_ms Histogram HTTP server request duration by service
http_server_request_size_bytes Histogram HTTP server request size by service
http_server_requests_total Counter Total HTTP server requests handled by service
http_server_response_size_bytes Histogram HTTP server response size by service
pomerium_build_info Gauge Pomerium build metadata by git revision, service, version and goversion
pomerium_config_checksum_int64 Gauge Currently loaded configuration checksum by service
pomerium_config_last_reload_success Gauge Whether the last configuration reload succeeded by service
pomerium_config_last_reload_success_timestamp Gauge The timestamp of the last successful configuration reload by service
redis_conns Gauge Number of total connections in the pool
redis_hits_total Counter Total number of times free connection was found in the pool
redis_idle_conns Gauge Number of idle connections in the pool
redis_misses_total Counter Total number of times free connection was NOT found in the pool
redis_stale_conns_total Counter Total number of stale connections removed from the pool
redis_timeouts_total Counter Total number of times a wait timeout occurred

# Tracing

Tracing tracks the progression of a single user request as it is handled by Pomerium.

Each unit work is called a Span in a trace. Spans include metadata about the work, including the time spent in the step (latency), status, time events, attributes, links. You can use tracing to debug errors and latency issues in your applications, including in downstream connections.

# Shared Tracing Settings

Config Key Description Required
tracing_provider The name of the tracing provider. (e.g. jaeger) βœ…
tracing_debug Will disable sampling. ❌

# Jaeger

Jaeger is a distributed tracing system released as open source by Uber Technologies. It is used for monitoring and troubleshooting microservices-based distributed systems, including:

  • Distributed context propagation
  • Distributed transaction monitoring
  • Root cause analysis
  • Service dependency analysis
  • Performance / latency optimization
Config Key Description Required
tracing_jaeger_collector_endpoint Url to the Jaeger HTTP Thrift collector. βœ…
tracing_jaeger_agent_endpoint Send spans to jaeger-agent at this address. βœ…

# Example

jaeger example trace pomerium_config_last_reload_success_timestamp | Gauge | The timestamp of the last successful configuration reload by service pomerium_build_info | Gauge | Pomerium build metadata by git revision, service, version and goversion

# Forward Auth

  • Environmental Variable: FORWARD_AUTH_URL
  • Config File Key: forward_auth_url
  • Type: URL (must contain a scheme and hostname)
  • Example: https://forwardauth.corp.example.com
  • Resulting Verification URL: https://forwardauth.corp.example.com/?uri={URL-TO-VERIFY}
  • Optional

Forward authentication creates an endpoint that can be used with third-party proxies that do not have rich access control capabilities (nginx, nginx-ingress, ambassador, traefik). Forward authentication allow you to delegate authentication and authorization for each request to Pomerium.

# Request flow

pomerium forward auth request flow

# Examples

# NGINX Ingress

Some reverse-proxies, such as nginx split access control flow into two parts: verification and sign-in redirection. Notice the additional path /verify used for auth-url indicating to Pomerium that it should return a 401 instead of redirecting and starting the sign-in process.

apiVersion: extensions/v1beta1
kind: Ingress
  name: httpbin
    kubernetes.io/ingress.class: "nginx"
    certmanager.k8s.io/issuer: "letsencrypt-prod"
    nginx.ingress.kubernetes.io/auth-url: https://forwardauth.corp.example.com/verify?uri=$scheme://$host$request_uri
    nginx.ingress.kubernetes.io/auth-signin: "https://forwardauth.corp.example.com/?uri=$scheme://$host$request_uri"
    - hosts:
        - httpbin.corp.example.com
      secretName: quickstart-example-tls
    - host: httpbin.corp.example.com
          - path: /
              serviceName: httpbin
              servicePort: 80

# Traefik docker-compose

version: "3"

    # The official v2.0 Traefik docker image
    image: traefik:v2.0
    # Enables the web UI and tells Traefik to listen to docker
    command: --api.insecure=true --providers.docker
      # The HTTP port
      - "80:80"
      # The Web UI (enabled by --api.insecure=true)
      - "8080:8080"
      # So that Traefik can listen to the Docker events
      - /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock
    # A container that exposes an API to show its IP address
    image: kennethreitz/httpbin:latest
      - "traefik.http.routers.httpbin.rule=Host(`httpbin.corp.example.com`)"
      # Create a middleware named `foo-add-prefix`
      - "traefik.http.middlewares.test-auth.forwardauth.authResponseHeaders=X-Pomerium-Authenticated-User-Email,x-pomerium-authenticated-user-id,x-pomerium-authenticated-user-groups,x-pomerium-jwt-assertion"
      - "traefik.http.middlewares.test-auth.forwardauth.address=http://forwardauth.corp.example.com/?uri=https://httpbin.corp.example.com"
      - "traefik.http.routers.httpbin.middlewares=test-auth@docker"

# Authenticate Service

# Authenticate Service URL

  • Environmental Variable: AUTHENTICATE_SERVICE_URL
  • Config File Key: authenticate_service_url
  • Type: URL
  • Required
  • Example: https://authenticate.corp.example.com

Authenticate Service URL is the externally accessible URL for the authenticate service.

# Identity Provider Name

  • Environmental Variable: IDP_PROVIDER
  • Config File Key: idp_provider
  • Type: string
  • Required
  • Options: azure google okta onelogin or oidc

Provider is the short-hand name of a built-in OpenID Connect (oidc) identity provider to be used for authentication. To use a generic provider,set to oidc.

See identity provider for details.

# Identity Provider Client ID

  • Environmental Variable: IDP_CLIENT_ID
  • Config File Key: idp_client_id
  • Type: string
  • Required

Client ID is the OAuth 2.0 Client Identifier retrieved from your identity provider. See your identity provider's documentation, and our identity provider docs for details.

# Identity Provider Client Secret

  • Environmental Variable: IDP_CLIENT_SECRET
  • Config File Key: idp_client_secret
  • Type: string
  • Required

Client Secret is the OAuth 2.0 Secret Identifier retrieved from your identity provider. See your identity provider's documentation, and our identity provider docs for details.

# Identity Provider URL

  • Environmental Variable: IDP_PROVIDER_URL
  • Config File Key: idp_provider_url
  • Type: string
  • Required, depending on provider

Provider URL is the base path to an identity provider's OpenID connect discovery document. For example, google's URL would be https://accounts.google.com for their discover document.

# Identity Provider Scopes

  • Environmental Variable: IDP_SCOPES
  • Config File Key: idp_scopes
  • Type: []string comma separated list of oauth scopes.
  • Default: oidc,profile, email, offline_access (typically)
  • Optional for built-in identity providers.

Identity provider scopes correspond to access privilege scopes as defined in Section 3.3 of OAuth 2.0 RFC6749. The scopes associated with Access Tokens determine what resources will be available when they are used to access OAuth 2.0 protected endpoints. If you are using a built-in provider, you probably don't want to set customized scopes.

# Identity Provider Service Account

  • Environmental Variable: IDP_SERVICE_ACCOUNT
  • Config File Key: idp_service_account
  • Type: string
  • Required, depending on provider

Identity Provider Service Account is field used to configure any additional user account or access-token that may be required for querying additional user information during authentication. For a concrete example, Google an additional service account and to make a follow-up request to query a user's group membership. For more information, refer to the identity provider docs to see if your provider requires this setting.

# Authenticate Callback Path

  • Environmental Variable: AUTHENTICATE_CALLBACK_PATH
  • Config File Key: authenticate_callback_path
  • Type: string
  • Default: /oauth2/callback
  • Optional

The authenticate callback path is the path/url from the authenticate service that will receive the response from your identity provider. The value must exactly match one of the authorized redirect URIs for the OAuth 2.0 client.

This value is referred to as the redirect_url in the OpenIDConnect and OAuth2 specs.

See also:

# Proxy Service

# Authenticate Service URL

  • Environmental Variable: AUTHENTICATE_SERVICE_URL
  • Config File Key: authenticate_service_url
  • Type: URL
  • Required
  • Example: https://authenticate.corp.example.com

Authenticate Service URL is the externally accessible URL for the authenticate service.

# Authorize Service URL

  • Environmental Variable: AUTHORIZE_SERVICE_URL
  • Config File Key: authorize_service_url
  • Type: URL
  • Required; inferred in all-in-one mode to be localhost.
  • Example: https://pomerium-authorize-service.default.svc.cluster.local or https://localhost:5443

Authorize Service URL is the location of the internally accessible authorize service. NOTE: Unlike authenticate, authorize has no publicly accessible http handlers so this setting is purely for gRPC communication.

If your load balancer does not support gRPC pass-through you'll need to set this value to an internally routable location (https://pomerium-authorize-service.default.svc.cluster.local) instead of an externally routable one (https://authorize.corp.example.com).

# Override Certificate Name

  • Environmental Variable: OVERRIDE_CERTIFICATE_NAME
  • Config File Key: override_certificate_name
  • Type: int
  • Optional
  • Example: *.corp.example.com if wild card or authenticate.corp.example.com/authorize.corp.example.com

Secure service communication can fail if the external certificate does not match the internally routed service hostname/SNI. This setting allows you to override that value.

# Certificate Authority

  • Config File Key: certificate_authority or certificate_authority_file
  • Type: base64 encoded string or relative file location
  • Optional

Certificate Authority is set when behind-the-ingress service communication uses self-signed certificates. Be sure to include the intermediary certificate.

# Headers

  • Environmental Variable: HEADERS

  • Config File Key: headers

  • Type: map of strings key value pairs

  • Examples:

    • Comma Separated: X-Content-Type-Options:nosniff,X-Frame-Options:SAMEORIGIN

    • JSON: '{"X-Test": "X-Value"}'

    • YAML:

        X-Test: X-Value
  • To disable: disable:true

  • Default :

    X-Content-Type-Options : nosniff,
    X-XSS-Protection:1; mode=block,
    Strict-Transport-Security:max-age=31536000; includeSubDomains; preload,

Headers specifies a mapping of HTTP Header to be added to proxied requests. Nota bene Downstream application headers will be overwritten by Pomerium's headers on conflict.

By default, conservative secure HTTP headers are set.

pomerium security headers

# Refresh Cooldown

  • Environmental Variable: REFRESH_COOLDOWN
  • Config File Key: refresh_cooldown
  • Type: Duration string
  • Example: 10m, 1h45m
  • Default: 5m

Refresh cooldown is the minimum amount of time between allowed manually refreshed sessions.

# Default Upstream Timeout

  • Environmental Variable: DEFAULT_UPSTREAM_TIMEOUT
  • Config File Key: default_upstream_timeout
  • Type: Duration string
  • Example: 10m, 1h45m
  • Default: 30s

Default Upstream Timeout is the default timeout applied to a proxied route when no timeout key is specified by the policy.

# JWT Claim Headers

  • Environmental Variable: JWT_CLAIMS_HEADERS
  • Config File Key: jwt_claims_headers
  • Type: slice of string
  • Example: email,groups, user
  • Optional

The JWT Claim Headers setting allows you to pass specific user session data down to downstream applications as HTTP request headers. Note, unlike the header x-pomerium-jwt-assertion these values are not signed by the authorization service.

Any claim in the pomerium session JWT can be placed into a corresponding header for downstream consumption. This claim information is sourced from your Identity Provider (IdP) and Pomerium's own session metadata.

Use this option if you previously relied on x-pomerium-authenticated-user-{email|user-id|groups} for downstream authN/Z.

# Cache Service

The cache service is used for storing user session data.

# Cache Store

  • Environmental Variable: CACHE_STORE
  • Config File Key: cache_store
  • Type: string
  • Default: autocache
  • Options: autocache bolt or redis. Other contributions are welcome.

CacheStore is the name of session cache backend to use.

# Autocache

Autocache is the default session store. Autocache is based off of distributed version of memecached, called groupcache made by Google and used by many organizations like Twitter and Vimeo in production. Autocache is suitable for both small deployments, where it acts as a embedded cache, or larger scale, distributed installs.

When deployed in a distributed fashion, autocache uses gossip based membership to manage its peers.

Autocache does not require any additional settings but does require that the cache url setting returns name records that correspond to a list of peers.

# Redis

Redis, when used as a LRU cache, functions in a very similar way to autocache. Redis store support allows you to leverage existing infrastructure, and to persist session data if that is a requirement.

# Redis Address

  • Environmental Variable: CACHE_STORE_ADDRESS
  • Config File Key: cache_store_address
  • Type: string
  • Example: localhost:6379

CacheStoreAddr specifies the host and port on which the cache store should connect to redis.

# Redis Password

  • Environmental Variable: CACHE_STORE_PASSWORD
  • Config File Key: cache_store_password
  • Type: string

CacheStoreAddr is the password used to connect to redis.

# Bolt

Bolt is a simple, lightweight, low level key value store and is the underlying storage mechanism in projects like etcd. Bolt persists data to a file, and has no built in eviction mechanism.

Bolt is suitable for all-in-one deployments that do not require concurrent / distributed writes.

# Bolt Path

  • Environmental Variable: CACHE_STORE_PATH
  • Config File Key: cache_store_path
  • Type: string
  • Example: /etc/bolt.db

CacheStorePath is the path to save bolt's database file.

# Policy

  • Environmental Variable: POLICY
  • Config File Key: policy
  • Type: base64 encoded string or inline policy structure in config file
  • Required However, pomerium will safely start without a policy configured, but will be unable to authorize or proxy traffic until the configuration is updated to contain a policy.

Policy contains route specific settings, and access control details. If you are configuring via POLICY environment variable, just the contents of the policy needs to be passed. If you are configuring via file, the policy should be present under the policy key. For example,

# This file contains only policy and route configuration details. Other
# configuration settings required by pomerium are excluded for clarity.
# See: https://www.pomerium.io/docs/reference/reference/
# For a complete self contained configuration see : config.example.yaml.
# Or, mix and match a policy file (this) with env vars : config.example.env

# Proxied routes and per-route policies are defined in a policy block
# NOTA BENE: You must uncomment the bellow 'policy' key if you are loading policy as a file.
# policy:
- from: https://httpbin.corp.beyondperimeter.com
  to: http://localhost:8000
    - pomerium.io
  cors_allow_preflight: true
  timeout: 30s
- from: https://external-httpbin.corp.beyondperimeter.com
  to: https://httpbin.org
    - gmail.com
- from: https://weirdlyssl.corp.beyondperimeter.com
  to: http://neverssl.com
    - bdd@pomerium.io
    - admins
    - developers
- from: https://hello.corp.beyondperimeter.com
  to: http://localhost:8080
    - admins@pomerium.io

Policy routes are checked in the order they appear in the policy, so more specific routes should appear before less specific routes. For example:

  - from: http://from.example.com
    to: http://to.example.com
    prefix: /admin
    allowed_groups: ["superuser"]
  - from: http://from.example.com
    to: http://to.example.com
    allow_public_unauthenticated_access: true

In this example an incoming request with a path prefix of /admin would be handled by the first route (which is restricted to superusers). All other requests for from.example.com would be handled by the second route (which is open to the public).

A list of policy configuration variables follows.

# From

  • yaml/json setting: from
  • Type: URL (must contain a scheme and hostname, must not contain a path)
  • Required
  • Example: https://httpbin.corp.example.com

From is externally accessible source of the proxied request.

# To

  • yaml/json setting: to
  • Type: URL (must contain a scheme and hostname)
  • Required
  • Example: http://httpbin ,, http://neverssl.com

To is the destination of a proxied request. It can be an internal resource, or an external resource.

# Prefix

  • yaml/json setting: prefix
  • Type: string
  • Optional
  • Example: /admin

If set, the route will only match incoming requests with a path that begins with the specified prefix.

# Path

  • yaml/json setting: path
  • Type: string
  • Optional
  • Example: /admin/some/exact/path

If set, the route will only match incoming requests with a path that is an exact match for the specified path.

# Regex

  • yaml/json setting: regex
  • Type: string (containing a regular expression)
  • Optional
  • Example: ^/(admin|superuser)/.*$

If set, the route will only match incoming requests with a path that matches the specified regular expression. The supported syntax is the same as the Go regexp package which is based on re2.

# Allowed Users

  • yaml/json setting: allowed_users
  • Type: collection of strings
  • Required
  • Example: alice@pomerium.io , bob@contractor.co

Allowed users is a collection of whitelisted users to authorize for a given route.

# Allowed Groups

  • yaml/json setting: allowed_groups
  • Type: collection of strings
  • Required
  • Example: admins , support@company.com

Allowed groups is a collection of whitelisted groups to authorize for a given route.

# Allowed Domains

  • yaml/json setting: allowed_domains
  • Type: collection of strings
  • Required
  • Example: pomerium.io , gmail.com

Allowed domains is a collection of whitelisted domains to authorize for a given route.

# CORS Preflight

  • yaml/json setting: cors_allow_preflight
  • Type: bool
  • Optional
  • Default: false

Allow unauthenticated HTTP OPTIONS requests as per the CORS spec.

# Public Access

  • yaml/json setting: allow_public_unauthenticated_access
  • Type: bool
  • Optional
  • Default: false

Use with caution: Allow all requests for a given route, bypassing authentication and authorization. Suitable for publicly exposed web services.

If this setting is enabled, no whitelists (e.g. Allowed Users) should be provided in this route.

# Route Timeout

  • yaml/json setting: timeout
  • Type: Go Duration string
  • Optional
  • Default: 30s

Policy timeout establishes the per-route timeout value. Cannot exceed global timeout values.

# Websocket Connections

  • Config File Key: allow_websockets
  • Type: bool
  • Default: false

If set, enables proxying of websocket connections.

Use with caution: By definition, websockets are long-lived connections, so global timeouts are not enforced. Allowing websocket connections to the proxy could result in abuse via DOS attacks.

# TLS Skip Verification

  • Config File Key: tls_skip_verify
  • Type: bool
  • Default: false

TLS Skip Verification controls whether a client verifies the server's certificate chain and host name. If enabled, TLS accepts any certificate presented by the server and any host name in that certificate. In this mode, TLS is susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks. This should be used only for testing.

# TLS Server Name

  • Config File Key: tls_server_name
  • Type: string
  • Optional

TLS Server Name overrides the hostname you specified in the to field. If set, this server name will be used to verify server side certificate. This is useful when the backend of your service is an HTTPS server with valid certificate, but you want to communicate via an internal hostname or IP address.

# TLS Custom Certificate Authority

  • Config File Key: tls_custom_ca or tls_custom_ca_file
  • Type: base64 encoded string or relative file location
  • Optional

TLS Custom Certificate Authority defines the set of root certificate authorities that clients use when verifying server certificates.

Note: This setting will replace (not append) the system's trust store for a given route.

# TLS Client Certificate

  • Config File Key: tls_client_cert and tls_client_key or tls_client_cert_file and tls_client_key_file
  • Type: base64 encoded string or relative file location
  • Optional

Pomerium supports client certificates which can be used to enforce mutually authenticated and encrypted TLS connections (mTLS). For more details, see our mTLS example repository and the certificate docs.

# Set Request Headers

  • Config File Key: set_request_headers
  • Type: map of strings key value pairs
  • Optional

Set Request Headers allows you to set static values for given request headers. This can be useful if you want to pass along additional information to downstream applications as headers, or set authentication header to the request. For example:

- from: https://httpbin.corp.example.com
  to: https://httpbin.org
    - bdd@pomerium.io
    # works auto-magically!
    # https://httpbin.corp.example.com/basic-auth/root/hunter42
    Authorization: Basic cm9vdDpodW50ZXI0Mg==
    X-Your-favorite-authenticating-Proxy: "Pomerium"

# Preserve Host Header

  • yaml/json setting: preserve_host_header
  • Type: bool
  • Optional
  • Default: false

When enabled, this option will pass the host header from the incoming request to the proxied host, instead of the destination hostname.

See ProxyPreserveHost.

# Authorize Service

# Signing Key

  • Environmental Variable: SIGNING_KEY
  • Config File Key: signing_key
  • Type: base64 encoded string
  • Optional

Signing key is the base64 encoded key used to sign outbound requests. For more information see the signed headers docs.

If no certificate is specified, one will be generated for you and the base64'd public key will be added to the logs.