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Self-hosted experimental environment variables

The following environment variables are "experimental" because:

  • They are not commonly needed
  • They are typically an effort to work around some other service's or platform's problem
  • They can be removed at any time
  • They 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.

RENOVATE_CACHE_NPM_MINUTES

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

RENOVATE_EXPERIMENTAL_NO_MAVEN_POM_CHECK

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.

RENOVATE_PAGINATE_ALL

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

RENOVATE_REUSE_PACKAGE_LOCK

If set to "false" (string), Renovate will remove any existing package-lock.json before attempting to update it.

RENOVATE_USER_AGENT

If set to any string, Renovate will use this as the user-agent it sends with HTTP requests.

RENOVATE_X_HARD_EXIT

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 https://github.com/renovatebot/renovate/issues/8660 for background on why this was created.

RENOVATE_X_PLATFORM_VERSION

If set, Renovate will use this string as GitLab server version instead of checking via the GitLab API. This can be useful when you use the GitLab CI_JOB_TOKEN to authenticate Renovate.

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

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