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Get or set project-level (or global) DVC configuration options.


usage: dvc config [-h] [--global | --system | --project | --local]
                  [-q | -v] [-u]
                  [-l] [--show-origin] [name] [value]

positional arguments:
  name     Option name in format: section.option or remote.name.option
           e.g. 'core.check_update', 'cache.dir', 'remote.myremote.url'
  value    Option value.


You can query/set/replace/unset DVC configuration options with this command. It takes a config option name (a config section and a key, separated by a dot) and its value (any valid alpha-numeric string generally).

When reading config options (no value is given or --list is used), the values are read from a combined set of values from the system, global, project, and local config files (in that order). The --system, --global, --project, and --local options can be used to read from that configuration only.

When writing (a value is given or --unset is used), the new value is written to the project-level config file by default (.dvc/config). Options --system, --global and --local can be used to write to that location instead.

.dvc/config is meant to be tracked by Git and should not contain sensitive user info or secrets (passwords, SSH keys, etc). Use --local when in doubt.

FlagPriorityConfig file location
None or --project (default)2.dvc/config

The --global and --system flags are also useful to set config options for multiple projects or users, respectively.

FlagPrioritymacOS locationLinux location (typical*)Windows location
--global3$HOME/Library/Application\ Support/dvc/config$HOME/.config/dvc/config%LocalAppData%\iterative\dvc\config
--system4/Library/Application\ Support/dvc/config/etc/xdg/dvc/config%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\iterative\dvc\config

* For Linux, the global dvc/config may be found in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME, and the system-wide one in $XDG_CONFIG_DIRS[0], if those env vars are defined.

Note that the --show-origin flag can show you where a given config option value is currently stored.

Command options (flags)

  • -u, --unset - remove the specified config option name from a config file. Don't provide a value argument when employing this flag.

  • --system - modify the system config file (e.g. /etc/xdg/dvc/config) instead of .dvc/config. Useful to apply config options to all the projects (all users) in the machine. May require superuser access e.g. sudo dvc config --system ... (Linux).

  • --global - modify the global config file (e.g. ~/.config/dvc/config) instead of the project's .dvc/config. Useful to apply config options to all your projects.

  • --project - only use the project's config file (.dvc/config) when reading config values (this is the default when writing).

  • --local - use the Git-ignored local config file (located in .dvc/config.local) instead of .dvc/config. This is useful to save private config values that you don't want to track and share with Git (credentials, private locations, etc.).

  • -l, --list - lists all defined config values.

  • --show-origin - when listing or getting config options, also show the location of the config file where each option value is found.

  • -h, --help - prints the usage/help message, and exit.

  • -q, --quiet - do not write anything to standard output. Exit with 0 if no problems arise, otherwise 1.

  • -v, --verbose - displays detailed tracing information.

Configuration sections

The following config sections are written by this command to the appropriate config file (.dvc/config by default), supporting different config options within:


  • core.remote - name of the remote storage to use by default.

  • core.interactive - whether to always ask for confirmation before reproducing each stage in dvc repro. (Normally, this behavior requires using the -i option of that command.) Accepts values: true and false.

  • core.analytics - used to turn off anonymized usage statistics. Accepts values true (default) and false.

  • core.checksum_jobs - number of threads for computing file hashes. Accepts positive integers. The default value is max(1, min(4, cpu_count() // 2)).

  • core.hardlink_lock - use hardlink file locks instead of the default ones, based on flock (i.e. project lock file .dvc/lock). Accepts values true and false (default). Useful when the DVC project is on a file system that doesn't properly support file locking (e.g. NFS v3 and older).

  • core.no_scm - tells DVC to not expect or integrate with Git (even if the project is initialized inside a Git repo). Accepts values true and false (default). Set with the --no-scm option of dvc init (more details).

  • core.check_update - disable/enable DVC's automatic update checks, which notify the user when a new version is available. Accepts values true (default) and false.

  • core.autostage - if enabled, DVC will automatically stage (git add) DVC files created or modified by DVC commands. The files will not be committed. Accepts values true and false (default).


Unlike most other sections, configuration files may have more than one 'remote'. All of them require a unique "name" and a url value. They can also specify jobs, verify, and many platform-specific key/value pairs like port and password.

See Remote Storage Configuration for more details.

For example, the following config file defines a temp remote in the local file system (located in /tmp/dvcstore), and marked as default (via core section):

['remote "temp"']
    url = /tmp/dvcstore
    remote = temp


  • cache.dir - set/unset cache directory location. A correct value is either an absolute path, or a path relative to the config file location. The default value is cache, that resolves to .dvc/cache (relative to the project config file location).

    See also the helper command dvc cache dir to intuitively set this config option, properly transforming paths relative to the current working directory into paths relative to the config file location.

  • cache.type - link type that DVC should use to link data files from cache to the workspace. Possible values: reflink, symlink, hardlink, copy or an ordered combination of those, separated by commas e.g: reflink,hardlink,copy. Default: reflink,copy

    There are pros and cons to different link types. Refer to File link types for a full explanation of each one.

    If you set cache.type to hardlink or symlink, manually modifying tracked data files in the workspace would corrupt the cache. To prevent this, DVC automatically protects those kinds of links (making them read-only). Use dvc unprotect to be able to modify them safely.

    To apply changes to this config option in the workspace, restore all file links/copies from cache with dvc checkout --relink.

  • cache.slow_link_warning - used to turn off the warnings about having a slow cache link type. These warnings are thrown by dvc pull and dvc checkout when linking files takes longer than usual, to remind them that there are faster cache link types available than the defaults (reflink,copy – see cache.type). Accepts values true and false.

    These warnings are automatically turned off when cache.type is manually set.

  • cache.shared - permissions for newly created or downloaded cache files and directories. The only accepted value right now is group, which makes DVC use 664 (rw-rw-r—) for files and 775 (rwxrwxr-x) for directories. This is useful when sharing a cache among projects. The default permissions for cache files is system dependent. In Linux and macOS for example, they're determined using os.umask.

The following parameters allow setting an external cache location. A DVC remote name is used (instead of the URL) because often it's necessary to configure authentication or other connection settings, and configuring a remote is the way that can be done.

  • cache.local - name of a local remote to use as external cache (refer to dvc remote for more info. on "local remotes".) This will overwrite the value in cache.dir (see dvc cache dir).

  • cache.s3 - name of an Amazon S3 remote to use as external cache.

  • cache.gs - name of a Google Cloud Storage remote to use as external cache.

  • cache.ssh - name of an SSH remote to use as external cache.

  • cache.hdfs - name of an HDFS remote to use as external cache.

  • cache.webhdfs - name of an HDFS remote with WebHDFS enabled to use as external cache.

⚠️ Avoid using the same remote storage used for dvc push and dvc pull as external cache, because it may cause file hash overlaps: the hash of an external output could collide with that of a local file with different content.


Sets the default paths assumed by dvc exp init. This can help avoid overriding them repeatedly with that command's options, for example if all of your experiments or projects use a similar structure.

  • exp.code - path to your source file or directory dependency.

  • exp.params - path to your parameters file.

  • exp.data - path to your data file or directory dependency.

  • exp.models - path to your model/artifact(s) file or directory output.

  • exp.metrics - path to your metrics file output.

  • exp.plots - path to your plots file or directory output.

  • exp.live - path to your DVCLive output logs.


Sets the defaults for experiment configuration via Hydra Composition.

  • hydra.enabled - enables Hydra config composition.
  • hydra.config_dir - location of the directory containing Hydra config groups. Defaults to conf.
  • hydra.config_name - the name of the file containing the Hydra defaults list (located inside hydra.config_dir). Defaults to config.yaml.


  • parsing.bool - Controls the templating syntax for boolean values when used in dictionary unpacking.

    Valid values are "store_true" (default) and "boolean_optional", named after Python argparse actions.

    Given the following params.yaml:

      bool-true: true
      bool-false: false

    And corresponding dvc.yaml:

        cmd: python foo.py ${dict}

    When using store_true, cmd will be:

    python foo.py --bool-true

    Whereas when using boolean_optional, cmd will be:

    python foo.py --bool-true --no-bool-false
  • parsing.list - Controls the templating syntax for list values when used in dictionary unpacking.

    Valid values are "nargs" (default) and "append", named after Python argparse actions.

    Given the following params.yaml:

      list: [1, 2, 'foo']

    And corresponding dvc.yaml:

        cmd: python foo.py ${dict}

    When using nargs, cmd will be:

    python foo.py --list 1 2 'foo'

    Whereas when using append, cmd will be:

    python foo.py --list 1 --list 2 --list 'foo'



  • state.row_limit - maximum number of entries in state databases. This affects the physical size of the state files, as well as the performance of certain DVC operations. The default is 10,000,000 rows. The bigger the limit, the longer the file hash history that DVC can keep, for example.

  • state.row_cleanup_quota - percentage of the state database to be deleted when it reaches the state.row_limit. The default quota is 50%. DVC removes the oldest entries (created when dvc status is used, for example).

  • state.dir - specify a custom location for the state databases (links/ and md5/ directories), by default in .dvc/tmp. This may be necessary when using DVC on NFS or other mounted volumes where SQLite encounters file permission errors.


  • index.dir - specify a custom location for the directory where remote index files will be stored, by default in .dvc/tmp/index. This may be necessary when using DVC on NFS or other mounted volumes.

Example: Add an S3 remote, and set it as default

💡 Before adding an S3 remote, be sure to Create a Bucket.

$ dvc remote add myremote s3://bucket/path
$ dvc config core.remote myremote

Note that this is equivalent to using dvc remote add with the -d/--default flag.

Example: Default remotes

Use remote myremote by default:

$ dvc config core.remote myremote

Get the default remote:

$ dvc config core.remote

Clear default remote value:

$ dvc config --unset core.remote

The above command is equivalent to:

$ dvc config core.remote -u

Example: Cache config options

Set the cache directory to an absolute path:

$ dvc config cache.dir /mnt/cache
$ dvc config cache.dir

or to a relative path (resolved from ./.dvc/):

$ dvc config cache.dir ../../mycache
$ dvc pull

$ ls ../mycache

Set cache type: if reflink is not available, use copy:

$ dvc config cache.type reflink,copy