Chapter 7. APIcast Environment Variables

APIcast environment variables allow you to modify behavior for APIcast. The following values are supported environment variables:

Note
  • Unsupported or deprecated environment variables are not listed
  • Some environment variable functionality may have moved to APIcast policies

APICAST_BACKEND_CACHE_HANDLER

Values: strict | resilient

Default: strict

Deprecated: Use the Caching policy instead.

Defines how the authorization cache behaves when backend is unavailable. Strict will remove cached application when backend is unavailable. Resilient will do so only on getting authorization denied from backend.

APICAST_CONFIGURATION_CACHE

Values: a number

Default: 0

Specifies the interval (in seconds) that the configuration will be stored for. The value should be set to 0 (not compatible with boot value of APICAST_CONFIGURATION_LOADER) or more than 60. For example, if APICAST_CONFIGURATION_CACHE is set to 120, the gateway will reload the configuration from the API manager every 2 minutes (120 seconds). A value < 0 disables reloading.

APICAST_CONFIGURATION_LOADER

Values: boot | lazy

Default: lazy

Defines how to load the configuration. Boot will request the configuration to the API manager when the gateway starts. Lazy will load it on demand for each incoming request (to guarantee a complete refresh on each request APICAST_CONFIGURATION_CACHE should be 0).

APICAST_CUSTOM_CONFIG

Deprecated: Use policies instead.

Defines the name of the Lua module that implements custom logic overriding the existing APIcast logic.

APICAST_ENVIRONMENT

Default:

Value: string[:]

Example: production:cloud-hosted

Double colon (:) separated list of environments (or paths) APIcast should load. It can be used instead of -e or ---environment parameter on the CLI and for example stored in the container image as default environment. Any value passed on the CLI overrides this variable.

APICAST_LOG_FILE

Default: stderr

Defines the file that will store the OpenResty error log. It is used by bin/apicast in the error_log directive. Refer to NGINX documentation for more information. The file path can be either absolute, or relative to the prefix directory (apicast by default).

APICAST_LOG_LEVEL

Values: debug | info | notice | warn | error | crit | alert | emerg

Default: warn

Specifies the log level for the OpenResty logs.

APICAST_ACCESS_LOG_FILE

Default: stdout

Defines the file that will store the access logs.

APICAST_OIDC_LOG_LEVEL

Values: debug | info | notice | warn | error | crit | alert | emerg

Default: err

Allows to set the log level for the logs related to OpenID Connect integration.

APICAST_MANAGEMENT_API

Values:

  • disabled: completely disabled, just listens on the port
  • status: only the /status/ endpoints enabled for health checks
  • debug: full API is open

The Management API is powerful and can control the APIcast configuration. You should enable the debug level only for debugging.

APICAST_MODULE

Default: apicast

Deprecated: Use policies instead.

Specifies the name of the main Lua module that implements the API gateway logic. Custom modules can override the functionality of the default apicast.lua module. See an example of how to use modules.

APICAST_PATH_ROUTING

Values:

  • true or 1 for true
  • false, 0 or empty for false

When this parameter is set to true, the gateway will use path-based routing in addition to the default host-based routing. The API request will be routed to the first service that has a matching mapping rule, from the list of services for which the value of the Host header of the request matches the Public Base URL.

APICAST_POLICY_LOAD_PATH

Default: APICAST_DIR/policies

Value: string[:]

Example: ~/apicast/policies:$PWD/policies

Double colon (:) separated list of paths where APIcast should look for policies. It can be used to first load policies from a development directory or to load examples.

APICAST_PROXY_HTTPS_CERTIFICATE_KEY

Default:

Value: string

Example: /home/apicast/my_certificate.key

The path to the key of the client SSL certificate.

APICAST_PROXY_HTTPS_CERTIFICATE

Default:

Value: string

Example: /home/apicast/my_certificate.crt

The path to the client SSL certificate that APIcast will use when connecting with the upstream. Notice that this certificate will be used for all the services in the configuration.

APICAST_PROXY_HTTPS_PASSWORD_FILE

Default:

Value: string

Example: /home/apicast/passwords.txt

Path to a file with passphrases for the SSL cert keys specified with APICAST_PROXY_HTTPS_CERTIFICATE_KEY.

APICAST_PROXY_HTTPS_SESSION_REUSE

Default: on

Values:

  • on: reuses SSL sessions.
  • off: does not reuse SSL sessions.

APICAST_REPORTING_THREADS

Default: 0

Value: integer >= 0

Experimental: Under extreme load might have unpredictable performance and lose reports.

Value greater than 0 is going to enable out-of-band reporting to backend. This is a new experimental feature for increasing performance. Client won’t see the backend latency and everything will be processed asynchronously. This value determines how many asynchronous reports can be running simultaneously before the client is throttled by adding latency.

APICAST_RESPONSE_CODES

Values:

  • true or 1 for true
  • false, 0 or empty for false

Default: <empty> (false)

When set to true, APIcast will log the response code of the response returned by the API backend in 3scale. In some plans this information can later be consulted from the 3scale admin portal. Find more information about the Response Codes feature on the 3scale support site.

APICAST_SERVICES_LIST

Value: a comma-separated list of service IDs

Used to filter the services configured in the 3scale API Manager, and only use the configuration for specific services in the gateway, discarding those services' IDs that are not specified in the list. Service IDs can be found on the Dashboard > APIs page, tagged as ID for API calls.

APICAST_SERVICE_${ID}_CONFIGURATION_VERSION

Replace ${ID} with the actual Service ID. The value should be the configuration version you can see in the configuration history on the Admin Portal. Setting it to a particular version will prevent it from auto-updating and will always use that version.

APICAST_WORKERS

Default: auto

Values: number | auto

This is the value that will be used in the nginx worker_processes directive. By default, APIcast uses auto, except for the development environment where 1 is used.

BACKEND_ENDPOINT_OVERRIDE

URI that overrides backend endpoint from the configuration. Useful when deploying outside OpenShift deployed AMP. Example: https://backend.example.com.

OPENSSL_VERIFY

Values:

  • 0, false: disable peer verification
  • 1, true: enable peer verification

Controls the OpenSSL Peer Verification. It is off by default, because OpenSSL can’t use system certificate store. It requires custom certificate bundle and adding it to trusted certificates.

It is recommended to use https://github.com/openresty/lua-nginx-module#lua_ssl_trusted_certificate and point to to certificate bundle generated by export-builtin-trusted-certs.

RESOLVER

Allows to specify a custom DNS resolver that will be used by OpenResty. If the RESOLVER parameter is empty, the DNS resolver will be autodiscovered.

THREESCALE_CONFIG_FILE

Path to the JSON file with the configuration for the gateway. The configuration can be downloaded from the 3scale admin portal using the URL: <schema>://<admin-portal-domain>/admin/api/nginx/spec.json (Example: https://account-admin.3scale.net/admin/api/nginx/spec.json).

When the gateway is deployed using Docker, the file has to be injected to the docker image as a read only volume, and the path should indicate where the volume is mounted, i.e. path local to the docker container.

You can find sample configuration files in examples folder.

It is required to provide either THREESCALE_PORTAL_ENDPOINT or THREESCALE_CONFIG_FILE (takes precedence) for the gateway to run successfully.

THREESCALE_DEPLOYMENT_ENV

Values: staging | production

Default: production

The value of this environment variable will be used to define the environment for which the configuration will be downloaded from 3scale (Staging or Production), when using new APIcast.

The value will also be used in the header X-3scale-User-Agent in the authorize/report requests made to 3scale Service Management API. It is used by 3scale just for statistics.

THREESCALE_PORTAL_ENDPOINT

URI that includes your password and portal endpoint in the following format: <schema>://<password>@<admin-portal-domain>. The <password> can be either the provider key or an access token for the 3scale Account Management API. <admin-portal-domain> is the URL used to log into the admin portal.

Example: https://access-token@account-admin.3scale.net.

When THREESCALE_PORTAL_ENDPOINT environment variable is provided, the gateway will download the configuration from 3scale on initializing. The configuration includes all the settings provided on the Integration page of the API(s).

It is required to provide either THREESCALE_PORTAL_ENDPOINT or THREESCALE_CONFIG_FILE (takes precedence) for the gateway to run successfully.

OPENTRACING_TRACER

Example: jaeger

This environment variable controls which tracing library will be loaded, right now, there’s only one opentracing tracer available, jaeger.

If empty, opentracing support will be disabled.

OPENTRACING_CONFIG

This environment variable is used to determine the config file for the opentracing tracer, if OPENTRACING_TRACER is not set, this variable will be ignored.

Each tracer has a default configuration file: * jaeger: conf.d/opentracing/jaeger.example.json

You can choose to mount a different configuration than the provided by default by setting the file path using this variable.

Example: /tmp/jaeger/jaeger.json

OPENTRACING_HEADER_FORWARD

Default: uber-trace-id

This environment variable controls the HTTP header used for forwarding opentracing information, this HTTP header will be forwarded to upstream servers.

APICAST_HTTPS_PORT

Default: no value

Controls on which port APIcast should start listening for HTTPS connections. If this clashes with HTTP port it will be used only for HTTPS.

APICAST_HTTPS_CERTIFICATE

Default: no value

Path to a file with X.509 certificate in the PEM format for HTTPS.

APICAST_HTTPS_CERTIFICATE_KEY

Default: no value

Path to a file with the X.509 certificate secret key in the PEM format.

all_proxy, ALL_PROXY

Default: no value Value: string Example: http://forward-proxy:80

Defines a HTTP proxy to be used for connecting to services if a protocol-specific proxy is not specified. Authentication is not supported.

http_proxy, HTTP_PROXY

Default: no value Value: string Example: http://forward-proxy:80

Defines a HTTP proxy to be used for connecting to HTTP services. Authentication is not supported.

https_proxy, HTTPS_PROXY

Default: no value Value: string Example: https://forward-proxy:443

Defines a HTTP proxy to be used for connecting to HTTPS services. Authentication is not supported.

no_proxy, NO_PROXY

Default: no value Value: string\[,<string>\]; *Example: foo,bar.com,.extra.dot.com

Defines a comma-separated list of hostnames and domain names for which the requests should not be proxied. Setting to a single * character, which matches all hosts, effectively disables the proxy.