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Self-hosted experimental environment variables

The following environment variables are "experimental" because they:

  • are not commonly needed
  • are typically an effort to work around some other service's or platform's problem
  • can be removed at any time
  • are variables for Renovate's internal use to validate they work as intended

Experimental variables which are commonly used and for which there is no external solution in sight can be converted to an official configuration option by the Renovate bot developers.

Use these experimental variables at your own risk. We do not follow Semantic Versioning for any experimental variables. These variables may be removed or have their behavior changed in any version. We will try to keep breakage to a minimum, but make no guarantees that an experimental variable will keep working.


If set, Renovate will export OpenTelemetry data to the supplied endpoint. For more information see the OpenTelemetry docs.


If set to any integer, Renovate will use this integer instead of the default npm cache time (15 minutes) for the npm datasource.


If set to any value, Renovate will skip its default artifacts filter check in the Maven datasource. Skipping the check will speed things up, but may result in versions being returned which don't properly exist on the server.


If set to any value, Renovate will always paginate requests to GitHub fully, instead of stopping after 10 pages.


If true Renovate tries to delete the self-hosted config file after reading it. You can set the config file Renovate should read with the RENOVATE_CONFIG_FILE environment variable.

The process that runs Renovate must have the correct permissions to delete the config file.


If set to any value, Renovate will skip attempting to get release labels (e.g. gitRef, sourceUrl) from manifest annotations for

Due to the missing label information like sourceUrl, Renovate will not be able to perform certain actions dependent on these information for the images.

This includes the following:

  • Generating changelogs
  • Applying package rules dependent on the labels
  • Including the sourceUrls in PR bodies


If set to any value, Renovate will use the Docker Hub API ( to fetch tags instead of the normal Docker API for images pulled from


If set to an integer, Renovate will use this as max page number for docker tags lookup on docker registries, instead of the default 20 pages. This is useful for registries which ignores the n parameter in the query string and only return 50 tags per page.


Resolve and merge globalExtends presets before other global config, instead of after.


If set, Renovate will terminate the whole process group of a terminated child process spawned by Renovate.


If set to an positive integer, Renovate will use this as the number of attempts to check if a merge request on GitLab is mergeable before trying to automerge. The formula for the delay between attempts is RENOVATE_X_GITLAB_MERGE_REQUEST_DELAY * attempt * attempt milliseconds.

Default value: 5 (attempts results in max. 13.75 seconds timeout).


Adjust default time (in milliseconds) given to GitLab to create pipelines for a commit pushed by Renovate.

Can be useful for slow-running, self-hosted GitLab instances that don't react fast enough for the default delay to help.

Default value: 1000 (milliseconds).


If set, Renovate will use this as a delay to proceed with an automerge.

Default value: 250 (milliseconds).


If set to any value, Renovate will use a "hard" process.exit() once all work is done, even if a sub-process is otherwise delaying Node.js from exiting. See issue 8660 for background on why this was created.


Skip initializing RE2 for regular expressions and instead use Node-native RegExp instead.


If set to any value, Renovate will download nupkg files for determining package metadata.


Specify this string for Renovate to skip API checks and provide GitLab/Bitbucket server version directly. Particularly useful with GitLab's CI_JOB_TOKEN to authenticate Renovate or to reduce API calls for Bitbucket.

Read platform details to learn why we need the server version on GitLab.

If set, Renovate will rewrite GitHub Enterprise Server's pagination responses to use the endpoint URL from the Renovate config.


For the GitHub Enterprise Server platform only.


If set, Renovate will persist repository cache locally after uploading to S3.


If set, Renovate will use this string as the endpoint when instantiating the AWS S3 client.


If set, Renovate will enable forcePathStyle when instantiating the AWS S3 client.

Whether to force path style URLs for S3 objects (e.g., instead of

Source: AWS S3 documentation - Interface BucketEndpointInputConfig


If set, Renovate will use SQLite as the backend for the package cache. Don't combine with redisUrl, Redis would be preferred over SQlite.


Suppress the pre-commit support warning in PR bodies.


Use openpgp instead of kbpgp for PGP decryption.


Configure global Yarn proxy settings if HTTP proxy environment variables are detected.