DefectDojo is highly configurable.


The main settings are stored in dojo/settings/ It is great to use this file as a reference for what can be configured, but it shouldn't be edited directly, because changes will be overwritten when updating DefectDojo. There are several methods to change the default settings:

Environment variables

Most parameters can be set by environment variables.

When you deploy DefectDojo via Docker Compose, you can set environment variables in docker-compose.yml. Be aware you have to set the variables for three services: uwsgi, celerybeat and celeryworker.

When you deploy DefectDojo in a Kubernetes cluster, you can set environment variables as extraConfigs and extraSecrets in helm/defectdojo/values.yaml.

Environment file (not with Docker Compose or Kubernetes) reads environment variables from a file whose name is specified in the environment variable DD_ENV_PATH. If this variable is not set, the default is used. The file must be located in the dojo/settings directory.

An example can be found in template_env. (not with Kubernetes) can contain more complex customizations such as adding MIDDLEWARE or INSTALLED_APP entries. This file is processed after is processed, so you can modify settings delivered by DefectDojo out of the box. The file must be located in the dojo/settings directory. Environment variables in this file must not have the DD_ prefix. If the file is missing feel free to create it. Do not edit directly.

An example can be found in dojo/settings/template-local_settings.

In Docker Compose release mode, files in docker/extra_settings/ (relative to the file docker-compose.yml) will be copied into dojo/settings/ in the docker container on startup.

Configuration in the UI

Users with the superuser status can configure more options via the UI under Configuration / System Settings.