Configuration files

Options for Horizon apps are set by two TOML files in the app’s root directory:

  • .hz/config.toml: most configuration options
  • .hz/secrets.toml: authentication/token secrets

(A third configuration file, .hz/schema.toml, is optionally used for the database schema.) The example configuration files installed by hz init are fully commented; this documentation is taken from there.

Note that any of these options can be overridden with environment variables of the form HZ_<OPTION>, where <OPTION> is the name of the option listed in this file. To override the serve_static setting, for instance, you could use:

export HZ_SERVE_STATIC="./static"

This would override the setting in the config.toml file. However, if the --serve-static option were passed to the hz serve command, that would take priority over both the configuration file and any environment variables: configuration precedence is command line flags first, environment variables next, configuration file last.

Options are shown with their default values.

Networking options (config.toml)

  • bind controls which local interfaces will be listened on.
  • port controls which port will be listened on.
  • secure: disable HTTPS and use HTTP instead when set to false.
  • key_file: HTTPS key file.
  • cert_file: HTTPS certificate file.
bind = [ "localhost" ]
port = 8181
secure = true
key_file = "horizon-key.pem"
cert_file = "horizon-cert.pem"
access_control_allow_origin = ""

App options (config.toml)

  • project_name: sets the name of the RethinkDB database used to store the application state.
  • serve_static: serve static files from the given directory.
  • debug: enable debug logging statements.
project_name = "horizon"
serve_static = "dist"
debug = false

RethinkDB options (config.toml)

  • connect: connect to an existing RethinkDB instance. This may be a host:port combination (e.g., or a rethinkdb://[username:pasword@host:port[/database] URI:
    • rethinkdb://
    • rethinkdb://
  • start_rethinkdb: run an internal RethinkDB instance for Horizon.
  • auto_create_collection: creates a collection with its corresponding RethinkDB table when one is accessed but does not exist.
  • auto_create_index: creates an index when one is needed but does not exist.
  • rdb_timeout: timeout to make the connection to the RethinkDB cluster, in seconds.

RethinkDB connection information may alternatively be specified with individual options:

  • rdb_host: hostname
  • rdb_port: port
  • rdb_user: username for RethinkDB authentication
  • rdb_password: password for RethinkDB authentication
connect = "localhost:28015"
start_rethinkdb = false
auto_create_collection = false
auto_create_index = false
rdb_timeout = 20

Warning: Tables and indexes are not lightweight objects, and allowing ad hoc creation could potentially expose your service to denial-of-service attacks. The auto_create_* options should not be enabled on a publicly-accessible service.

Authentication options (config.toml)

  • allow_anonymous: issues new accounts to users without an auth provider.
  • allow_unauthenticated: allows connections that are not tied to a user id.
  • auth_redirect: specifies where users will be redirected to after login.
  • access_control_allow_origin: specifies a host that can access auth settings in production (i.e., set the Access-Control-Allow-Origin HTTP header). "*" may be specified as a wildcard.
allow_anonymous = false
allow_unauthenticated = false
auth_redirect = "/"
access_control_allow_origin = ""


Horizon supports OAuth authentication for Facebook, Google, Twitter, Github and Twitch, as well as Auth0 single sign-on. Each enabled service appears in its own TOML table and has two key/value pairs, id and secret.

host = ""
id = "0000000000000000000000000"
secret = "00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000"
redirect_url = ""

id = "000000000000000"
secret = "00000000000000000000000000000000"

id = ""
secret = "000000000000000000000000"

id = "0000000000000000000000000"
secret = "00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000"

id = "00000000000000000000"
secret = "0000000000000000000000000000000000000000"

id = "0000000000000000000000000000000"
secret = "0000000000000000000000000000000"

If the id and secret pairs are set for a given service, that service is enabled for authentication.

In addition, the secrets.toml file contains the token_secret used for token encryption. When this file is created by hz init, the token_secret will be set to a randomly-generated base64 string.