Programming language: Go
License: MIT License
Tags: Configuration    
Latest version: v0.9.2

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Confita is a library that loads configuration from multiple backends and stores it in a struct.

Supported backends


go get -u github.com/heetch/confita


Confita scans a struct for config tags and calls all the backends one after another until the key is found. The value is then converted into the type of the field.

Struct layout

Go primitives are supported:

type Config struct {
  Host        string        `config:"host"`
  Port        uint32        `config:"port"`
  Timeout     time.Duration `config:"timeout"`

By default, all fields are optional. With the required option, if a key is not found then Confita will return an error.

type Config struct {
  Addr        string        `config:"addr,required"`
  Timeout     time.Duration `config:"timeout"`

Nested structs are supported too:

type Config struct {
  Host        string        `config:"host"`
  Port        uint32        `config:"port"`
  Timeout time.Duration     `config:"timeout"`
  Database struct {
    URI string              `config:"database-uri,required"`

If a field is a slice, Confita will automatically split the config value by commas and fill the slice with each sub value.

type Config struct {
  Endpoints []string `config:"endpoints"`

As a special case, if the field tag is "-", the field is always omitted. This is useful if you want to populate this field on your own.

type Config struct {
  // Field is ignored by this package.
  Field float64 `config:"-"`

  // Confita scans any structure recursively, the "-" value prevents that.
  Client http.Client `config:"-"`

Loading configuration

Creating a loader:

loader := confita.NewLoader()

By default, a Confita loader loads all the keys from the environment. A loader can take other configured backends as parameters.

loader := confita.NewLoader(

Loading configuration:

err := loader.Load(context.Background(), &cfg)

Since loading configuration can take time when used with multiple remote backends, context can be used for timeout and cancelation:

ctx, cancel := context.WithTimeout(context.Background(), 5 * time.Second)
defer cancel()
err := loader.Load(ctx, &cfg)

Default values

If a key is not found, Confita won't change the respective struct field. With that in mind, default values can simply be implemented by filling the structure before passing it to Confita.

type Config struct {
  Host        string        `config:"host"`
  Port        uint32        `config:"port"`
  Timeout     time.Duration `config:"timeout"`
  Password    string        `config:"password,required"`

// default values
cfg := Config{
  Host: "",
  Port: "5656",
  Timeout: 5 * time.Second,

err := confita.NewLoader().Load(context.Background(), &cfg)

Backend option

By default, Confita queries each backend one after another until a key is found. However, in order to avoid some useless processing the backend option can be specified to describe in which backend this key is expected to be found. This is especially useful when the location of the key is known beforehand.

type Config struct {
  Host        string        `config:"host,backend=env"`
  Port        uint32        `config:"port,required,backend=etcd"`
  Timeout     time.Duration `config:"timeout"`

Command line flags

The flags backend allows to load individual configuration keys from the command line. The default values are extracted from the struct fields values.

A short option is also supported.

To update usage message on the command line, provide a description to the given field.

type Config struct {
  Host        string        `config:"host,short=h"`
  Port        uint32        `config:"port,short=p"`
  Timeout     time.Duration `config:"timeout,description=timeout (in seconds) for failure"`
./bin -h

Usage of ./bin:
  -host string
       (default "")
  -h string
       (default "")
  -port int
       (default 5656)
  -p int
       (default 5656)
  -timeout duration
       timeout (in seconds) for failure (default 10s)


The library is released under the MIT license. See LICENSE file.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the confita README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.