Configuration File


Configuration File


Cayley expects, in the usual case, to be run with a configuration file, though it can also be run purely through configuration flags. The configuration file contains a JSON object with any of the documented parameters.

Cayley looks in the following locations for the configuration file

  • Command line flag
  • The environment variable $CAYLEY_CFG
  • /etc/cayley.cfg

All command line flags take precedence over the configuration file.

Main Options


  • Type: String
  • Default: “memstore”

Determines the type of the underlying database. Options include:

  • memstore: An in-memory store, based on an initial N-Quads file. Loses all changes when the process exits.
  • leveldb: A persistent on-disk store backed by LevelDB.
  • bolt: Stores the graph data on-disk in a Bolt file. Uses more disk space and memory than LevelDB for smaller stores, but is often faster to write to and comparable for large ones, with faster average query times.
  • mongo: Stores the graph data and indices in a MongoDB instance. Slower, as it incurs network traffic, but multiple Cayley instances can disappear and reconnect at will, across a potentially horizontally-scaled store.
  • sql: Stores the graph data and indices in a PostgreSQL instance.


  • Type: String
  • Default: “/tmp/testdb”

Where does the database actually live? Dependent on the type of database. For each datastore:

  • memstore: Path to a quad file to automatically load.
  • leveldb: Directory to hold the LevelDB database files.
  • bolt: Path to the persistent single Bolt database file.
  • mongo: “hostname:port” of the desired MongoDB server.
  • sql: “postgres://[username:password@]host[:port]/database-name?sslmode=disable” of the desired PostgreSQL database and credentials. Sslmode is optional.


  • Type: String
  • Default: “”

The hostname or IP address for Cayley’s HTTP server to listen on. Defaults to all interfaces.


  • Type: String
  • Default: “64210”

The port for Cayley’s HTTP server to listen on.


  • Type: Boolean
  • Default: false

If true, disables the ability to write to the database using the HTTP API (will return a 400 for any write request). Useful for testing or instances that shouldn’t change.


  • Type: Integer
  • Default: 10000

The number of quads to buffer from a loaded file before writing a block of quads to the database. Larger numbers are good for larger loads.


  • Type: Object

See Per-Database Options, below.

Language Options


  • Type: Integer or String
  • Default: 30

The maximum length of time the Javascript runtime should run until cancelling the query and returning a 408 Timeout. When timeout is an integer is is interpreted as seconds, when it is a string it is parsed as a Go time.Duration. A ››› negative duration means no limit.

Per-Database Options

The db_options object in the main configuration file contains any of these following options that change the behavior of the datastore.


No special options.



  • Type: Integer
  • Default: 20

The size in MiB of the LevelDB write cache. Increasing this number allows for more/faster writes before syncing to disk. Default is 20, for large loads, a recommended value is 200+.


  • Type: Integer
  • Default: 2

The size in MiB of the LevelDB block cache. Increasing this number uses more memory to maintain a bigger cache of quad blocks for better performance.



  • Type: Boolean
  • Default: false

Optionally disable syncing to disk per transaction. Nosync being true means much faster load times, but without consistency guarantees.



  • Type: String
  • Default: “cayley”

The name of the database within MongoDB to connect to. Manages its own collections and indices therein.


Postgres version 9.5 or greater is required.


  • Type: Integer
  • Default: 50

Amount of empty space as a percentage to leave in the database when creating a table and inserting rows. See PostgreSQL CreateTable.


  • Type: Boolean
  • Default: true

Whether to skip checking quad store size.

Per-Replication Options

The replication_options object in the main configuration file contains any of these following options that change the behavior of the replication manager.



  • Type: Boolean
  • Default: false

Optionally ignore missing quad on delete.


  • Type: Boolean
  • Default: false

Optionally ignore duplicated quad on add.