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Harvester is a configuration library which helps setting up and monitoring configuration values in order to dynamically reconfigure your application.

Configuration can be obtained from the following sources:

  • Seed values, are hard-coded values into your configuration struct
  • Environment values, are obtained from the environment
  • Flag values, are obtained from CLI flags with the form -flag=value
  • File internals in local storage. Only text files are supported, don't use it for binary.
  • Consul, which is used to get initial values and to monitor them for changes

The order is applied as it is listed above. Consul seeder and monitor are optional and will be used only if Harvester is created with the above components.

Harvester expects a go structure with tags which defines one or more of the above like the following:

type Config struct {
    IndexName      sync.String          `seed:"customers-v1"`
    CacheRetention sync.Int64           `seed:"86400" env:"ENV_CACHE_RETENTION_SECONDS"`
    LogLevel       sync.String          `seed:"DEBUG" flag:"loglevel"`
    Signature      sync.String          `file:"signature.txt"`
    Sandbox        sync.Bool            `seed:"true" env:"ENV_SANDBOX" consul:"/config/sandbox-mode"`
    AccessToken    sync.Secret          `seed:"defaultaccesstoken" env:"ENV_ACCESS_TOKEN" consul:"/config/access-token"`

The above defines the following fields:

  • IndexName, which will be seeded with the value customers-v1
  • CacheRetention, which will be seeded with the value 18, and if exists, overridden with whatever value the env var ENV_CACHE_RETENTION_SECONDS holds
  • LogLevel, which will be seeded with the value DEBUG, and if exists, overridden with whatever value the flag loglevel holds
  • Sandbox, which will be seeded with the value true, and if exists, overridden with whatever value the env var ENV_SANDBOX holds and then from consul if the consul seeder and/or watcher are provided.

The fields have to be one of the types that the sync package supports in order to allow concurrent read and write to the fields. The following types are supported:

  • sync.String, allows for concurrent string manipulation
  • sync.Int64, allows for concurrent int64 manipulation
  • sync.Float64, allows for concurrent float64 manipulation
  • sync.Bool, allows for concurrent bool manipulation
  • sync.Secret, allows for concurrent secret manipulation. Secrets can only be strings

For sensitive configuration (passwords, tokens, etc.) that shouldn't be printed in log, you can use the Secret flavor of sync types. If one of these is selected, then at harvester log instead of the real value the text *** will be displayed.

Harvester has a seeding phase and an optional monitoring phase.

Seeding phase

  • Apply the seed tag value, if present
  • Apply the value contained in the env var, if present
  • Apply the value contained in the file, if present
  • Apply the value returned from Consul, if present and harvester is setup to seed from consul
  • Apply the value contained in the CLI flags, if present

Conditions where seeding fails:

  • If at the end of the seeding phase one or more fields have not been seeded
  • If the seed value is invalid


Harvester allows the creation of custom getters which are used by the seeder and implement the following interface:

type Getter interface {
    Get(key string) (string, error)

Seed and env tags are supported by default, the Consul getter has to be setup when creating a Harvester with the builder.

Monitoring phase (Consul only)

  • Monitor a key and apply if tag key matches
  • Monitor a key-prefix and apply if tag key matches


Harvester allows for dynamically changing the config value by monitoring a source. The following sources are available:

  • Consul, which supports monitoring for keys and key-prefixes.

This feature have to be setup when creating a Harvester with the builder.


The Harvester builder pattern is used to create a Harvester instance. The builder supports setting up:

  • Consul seed, for setting up seeding from Consul
  • Consul monitor, for setting up monitoring from Consul
    h, err := New(&cfg).
                WithConsulSeed("address", "dc", "token").
                WithConsulMonitor("address", "dc", "token").

The above snippet set's up a Harvester instance with consul seed and monitor.


Consul has support for versioning (ModifyIndex) which allows us to change the value only if the version is higher than the one currently.


Head over to [examples](examples) readme on how to use harvester

How to Contribute

See [Contribution Guidelines](CONTRIBUTE.md).

Code of conduct

Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project and its community you agree to abide by those terms.