Now that you’ve successfully logged into Dataverse with a superuser account after going through a basic Installation, you’ll need to secure and configure your installation.

Settings within Dataverse itself are managed via JVM options or by manipulating values in the setting table directly or through API calls.

Once you have finished securing and configuring your Dataverse installation, you may proceed to the Admin Guide for more information on the ongoing administration of a Dataverse installation. Advanced configuration topics are covered in the TwoRavens, Shibboleth and OAuth Login: ORCID, GitHub, Google sections.


Securing Your Installation

Changing the Superuser Password

The default password for the “dataverseAdmin” superuser account is “admin”, as mentioned in the Installation section, and you should change it, of course.

Blocking API Endpoints

The Native API contains a useful but potentially dangerous API endpoint called “admin” that allows you to change system settings, make ordinary users into superusers, and more. The builtin-users endpoint lets people create a local/builtin user account if they know the BuiltinUsers.KEY value described below.

By default, all APIs can be operated on remotely and a number of endpoints do not require authentication. was opened to explore changing these defaults, but until then it is very important to block both the “admin” endpoint (and at least consider blocking builtin-users). For details please see also the section on :BlockedApiPolicy below.

It’s also possible to prevent file uploads via API by adjusting the :UploadMethods database setting.

Forcing HTTPS

To avoid having your users send credentials in the clear, it’s strongly recommended to force all web traffic to go through HTTPS (port 443) rather than HTTP (port 80). The ease with which one can install a valid SSL cert into Apache compared with the same operation in Glassfish might be a compelling enough reason to front Glassfish with Apache. In addition, Apache can be configured to rewrite HTTP to HTTPS with rules such as those found at or in the section on Shibboleth.

Privacy Considerations

Out of the box, Dataverse will list email addresses of the “contacts” for datasets when users visit a dataset page and click the “Export Metadata” button. If you prefer to exclude email addresses of dataset contacts from metadata export, set :ExcludeEmailFromExport to true.

Run Glassfish as a User Other Than Root

See the Glassfish section of Prerequisites for details and init scripts for running Glassfish as non-root.

Related to this is that you should remove /root/.glassfish/pass to ensure that Glassfish isn’t ever accidentally started as root. Without the password, Glassfish won’t be able to start as root, which is a good thing.

Enforce Strong Passwords for User Accounts

Dataverse only stores passwords (as salted hash, and using a strong hashing algorithm) for “builtin” users. You can increase the password complexity rules to meet your security needs. If you have configured your Dataverse installation to allow login from remote authentication providers such as Shibboleth, ORCID, GitHub or Google, you do not have any control over those remote providers’ password complexity rules. See the “Auth Modes: Local vs. Remote vs. Both” section below for more on login options.

Even if you are satisfied with the out-of-the-box password complexity rules Dataverse ships with, for the “dataverseAdmin” account you should use a strong password so the hash cannot easily be cracked through dictionary attacks.

Password complexity rules for “builtin” accounts can be adjusted with a variety of settings documented below. Here’s a list:

Network Ports

Remember how under “Decisions to Make” in the Preparation section we mentioned you’ll need to make a decision about whether or not to introduce a proxy in front of Dataverse such as Apache or nginx? The time has come to make that decision.

The need to redirect port HTTP (port 80) to HTTPS (port 443) for security has already been mentioned above and the fact that Glassfish puts these services on 8080 and 8181, respectively, was touched on in the Installation section. In production, you don’t want to tell your users to use Dataverse on ports 8080 and 8181. You should have them use the standard HTTPS port, which is 443.

Your decision to proxy or not should primarily be driven by which features of Dataverse you’d like to use. If you’d like to use Shibboleth, the decision is easy because proxying or “fronting” Glassfish with Apache is required. The details are covered in the Shibboleth section.

If you’d like to use TwoRavens, you should also consider fronting with Apache because you will be required to install an Apache anyway to make use of the rApache module. For details, see the TwoRavens section.

Even if you have no interest in Shibboleth nor TwoRavens, you may want to front Dataverse with Apache or nginx to simply the process of installing SSL certificates. There are many tutorials on the Internet for adding certs to Apache, including a some notes used by the Dataverse team, but the process of adding a certificate to Glassfish is arduous and not for the faint of heart. The Dataverse team cannot provide much help with adding certificates to Glassfish beyond linking to tips on the web.

Still not convinced you should put Glassfish behind another web server? Even if you manage to get your SSL certificate into Glassfish, how are you going to run Glassfish on low ports such as 80 and 443? Are you going to run Glassfish as root? Bad idea. This is a security risk. Under “Additional Recommendations” under “Securing Your Installation” above you are advised to configure Glassfish to run as a user other than root. (The Dataverse team will close after updating the Glassfish init script provided in the Prerequisites section to not require root.)

There’s also the issue of serving a production-ready version of robots.txt. By using a proxy such as Apache, this is a one-time “set it and forget it” step as explained below in the “Going Live” section.

If you are convinced you’d like to try fronting Glassfish with Apache, the Shibboleth section should be good resource for you.

If you really don’t want to front Glassfish with any proxy (not recommended), you can configure Glassfish to run HTTPS on port 443 like this:

./asadmin set

What about port 80? Even if you don’t front Dataverse with Apache, you may want to let Apache run on port 80 just to rewrite HTTP to HTTPS as described above. You can use a similar command as above to change the HTTP port that Glassfish uses from 8080 to 80 (substitute http-listener-1.port=80). Glassfish can be used to enforce HTTPS on its own without Apache, but configuring this is an exercise for the reader. Answers here may be helpful:

If you are running an installation with Apache and Glassfish on the same server, and would like to restrict Glassfish from responding to any requests to port 8080 from external hosts (in other words, not through Apache), you can restrict the AJP listener to localhost only with:

./asadmin set

You should NOT use the configuration option above if you are running in a load-balanced environment, or otherwise have the web server on a different host than the application server.

Root Dataverse Permissions

The user who creates a dataverse is given the “Admin” role on that dataverse. The root dataverse is created automatically for you by the installer and the “Admin” is the superuser account (“dataverseAdmin”) we used in the Installation section to confirm that we can log in. These next steps of configuring the root dataverse require the “Admin” role on the root dataverse, but not the much more powerful superuser attribute. In short, users with the “Admin” role are subject to the permission system. A superuser, on the other hand, completely bypasses the permission system. You can give non-superusers the “Admin” role on the root dataverse if you’d like them to configure the root dataverse.

In order for non-superusers to start creating dataverses or datasets, you need click “Edit” then “Permissions” and make choices about which users can add dataverses or datasets within the root dataverse. (There is an API endpoint for this operation as well.) Again, the user who creates a dataverse will be granted the “Admin” role on that dataverse. Non-superusers who are not “Admin” on the root dataverse will not be able to to do anything useful until the root dataverse has been published.

As the person installing Dataverse you may or may not be a local metadata expert. You may want to have others sign up for accounts and grant them the “Admin” role at the root dataverse to configure metadata fields, templates, browse/search facets, guestbooks, etc. For more on these topics, consult the Dataverse Management section of the User Guide.

Persistent Identifiers and Publishing Datasets

Persistent identifiers are a required and integral part of the Dataverse platform. They provide a URL that is guaranteed to resolve to the datasets or files they represent. Dataverse currently supports creating identifiers using DOI and Handle.

By default, the installer configures a default DOI namespace (10.5072) with DataCite as the registration provider. Please note that as of the release 4.9.3, we can no longer use EZID as the provider. Unlike EZID, DataCite requires that you register for a test account, configured with your own prefix (please contact Once you receive the login name, password, and prefix for the account, configure the credentials in your domain.xml, as the following two JVM options:


and restart Glassfish. The prefix can be configured via the API (where it is referred to as “Authority”):

curl -X PUT -d 10.xxxx http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:Authority

Once this is done, you will be able to publish datasets and files, but the persistent identifiers will not be citable, and they will only resolve from the DataCite test environment (and then only if the Dataverse from which you published them is accessible - DOIs minted from your laptop will not resolve). Note that any datasets or files created using the test configuration cannot be directly migrated and would need to be created again once a valid DOI namespace is configured.

To properly configure persistent identifiers for a production installation, an account and associated namespace must be acquired for a fee from a DOI or HDL provider. DataCite ( is the recommended DOI provider (see for more on joining DataCite) but EZID ( is an option for the University of California according to . Handle.Net ( is the HDL provider.

Once you have your DOI or Handle account credentials and a namespace, configure Dataverse to use them using the JVM options and database settings below.

Configuring Dataverse for DOIs

By default Dataverse attempts to register DOIs for each dataset and file under a test authority, though you must apply for your own credentials as explained above.

Here are the configuration options for DOIs:

JVM Options:

Database Settings:

Configuring Dataverse for Handles

Here are the configuration options for handles:

JVM Options:

Database Settings:

Note: If you are minting your own handles and plan to set up your own handle service, please refer to Handle.Net documentation.

Auth Modes: Local vs. Remote vs. Both

There are three valid configurations or modes for authenticating users to Dataverse:

  • Local only (also known as “builtin” or “Username/Email”).
  • Both local and remote (Shibboleth and/or OAuth).
  • Remote (Shibboleth and/or OAuth) only.

Out of the box, Dataverse is configured in “local only” mode. The “dataverseAdmin” superuser account mentioned in the Installation section is an example of a local account. Internally, these accounts are called “builtin” because they are built in to the Dataverse application itself.

To configure Shibboleth see the Shibboleth section and to configure OAuth see the OAuth Login: ORCID, GitHub, Google section.

The authenticationproviderrow database table controls which “authentication providers” are available within Dataverse. Out of the box, a single row with an id of “builtin” will be present. For each user in Dataverse, the authenticateduserlookup table will have a value under authenticationproviderid that matches this id. For example, the default “dataverseAdmin” user will have the value “builtin” under authenticationproviderid. Why is this important? Users are tied to a specific authentication provider but conversion mechanisms are available to switch a user from one authentication provider to the other. As explained in the Account Creation + Management section of the User Guide, a graphical workflow is provided for end users to convert from the “builtin” authentication provider to a remote provider. Conversion from a remote authentication provider to the builtin provider can be performed by a sysadmin with access to the “admin” API. See the Native API section of the API Guide for how to list users and authentication providers as JSON.

Enabling a second authentication provider will result in the Log In page showing additional providers for your users to choose from. By default, the Log In page will show the “builtin” provider, but you can adjust this via the :DefaultAuthProvider configuration option.

“Remote only” mode should be considered experimental until is resolved. For now, “remote only” means:

  • Shibboleth or OAuth has been enabled.
  • :AllowSignUp is set to “false” per the Configuration section to prevent users from creating local accounts via the web interface. Please note that local accounts can also be created via API, and the way to prevent this is to block the builtin-users endpoint or scramble (or remove) the BuiltinUsers.KEY database setting per the Configuration section.
  • The “builtin” authentication provider has been disabled (Enable or Disable an Authentication Provider). Note that disabling the builting auth provider means that the API endpoint for converting an account from a remote auth provider will not work. This is the main reason why is still open. Converting directly from one remote authentication provider to another (i.e. from GitHub to Google) is not supported. Conversion from remote is always to builtin. Then the user initiates a conversion from builtin to remote. Note that longer term, the plan is to permit multiple login options to the same Dataverse account per (so all this talk of conversion will be moot) but for now users can only use a single login option, as explained in the Account Creation + Management section of the User Guide. In short, “remote only” might work for you if you only plan to use a single remote authentication provider such that no conversion between remote authentication providers will be necessary.

File Storage: Local Filesystem vs. Swift vs. S3

By default, a Dataverse installation stores data files (files uploaded by end users) on the filesystem at /usr/local/glassfish4/glassfish/domains/domain1/files but this path can vary based on answers you gave to the installer (see the Running the Dataverse Installer section of the Installation Guide) or afterward by reconfiguring the JVM option described below.

Swift Storage

Rather than storing data files on the filesystem, you can opt for an experimental setup with a Swift Object Storage backend. Each dataset that users create gets a corresponding “container” on the Swift side, and each data file is saved as a file within that container.

In order to configure a Swift installation, there are two steps you need to complete:

First, create a file named as follows in the config directory for your installation of Glassfish (by default, this would be /usr/local/glassfish4/glassfish/domains/domain1/config/


auth_type can either be keystone, keystone_v3, or it will assumed to be basic. auth_url should be your keystone authentication URL which includes the tokens (e.g. for keystone, and for keystone_v3, swift_endpoint is a URL that look something like

Second, update the JVM option by running the delete command:

./asadmin $ASADMIN_OPTS delete-jvm-options "\"

Then run the create command:

./asadmin $ASADMIN_OPTS create-jvm-options "\"

You also have the option to set a custom container name separator. It is initialized to _, but you can change it by running the create command:

./asadmin $ASADMIN_OPTS create-jvm-options "\-Ddataverse.files.swift-folder-path-separator=-"

By default, your Swift installation will be public-only, meaning users will be unable to put access restrictions on their data. If you are comfortable with this level of privacy, the final step in your setup is to set the :PublicInstall setting to true.

In order to enable file access restrictions, you must enable Swift to use temporary URLs for file access. To enable usage of temporary URLs, set a hash key both on your swift endpoint and in your file. You can do so by adding


to your file.

You also have the option to set a custom expiration length for a generated temporary URL. It is initialized to 60 seconds, but you can change it by running the create command:

./asadmin $ASADMIN_OPTS create-jvm-options "\-Ddataverse.files.temp_url_expire=3600"

In this example, you would be setting the expiration length for one hour.

Setting up Compute

Once you have configured a Swift Object Storage backend, you also have the option of enabling a connection to a computing environment. To do so, you need to configure the database settings for :ComputeBaseUrl and :CloudEnvironmentName.

Once you have set up :ComputeBaseUrl properly in both Dataverse and your cloud environment, validated users will have three options for accessing the computing environment:

  • Compute on a single dataset
  • Compute on multiple datasets
  • Compute on a single datafile

The compute buttons on dataset and file pages will link validated users to your computing environment. If a user is computing on one dataset, the compute button will redirect to:


If a user is computing on multiple datasets, the compute button will redirect to:


If a user is computing on a single file, depending on the configuration of your installation, the compute button will either redirect to:


if your installation’s :PublicInstall setting is true, or:


You can configure this redirect properly in your cloud environment to generate a temporary URL for access to the Swift objects for computing.

Amazon S3 Storage (or Compatible)

For institutions and organizations looking to use some kind of S3-based object storage for files uploaded to Dataverse, this is entirely possible. You can either use Amazon Web Services or use some other, even on-site S3-compatible storage (like Minio, Ceph RADOS S3 Gateway and many more).

Note: The Dataverse Team is most familiar with AWS S3, and can provide support on its usage with Dataverse. Thanks to community contributions, the application’s architecture also allows non-AWS S3 providers. The Dataverse Team can provide very limited support on these other providers. We recommend reaching out to the wider Dataverse community if you have questions.

First: Set Up Accounts and Access Credentials

Dataverse and the AWS SDK make use of the “AWS credentials profile file” and “AWS config profile file” located in ~/.aws/ where ~ is the home directory of the user you run Glassfish as. This file can be generated via either of two methods described below:

  1. Manually through creation of the credentials and config files or
  2. Automatically via the AWS console commands.
Preparation When Using Amazon’s S3 Service

You’ll need an AWS account with an associated S3 bucket for your installation to use. From the S3 management console (e.g., you can poke around and get familiar with your bucket.

Make note of the bucket’s name and the region its data is hosted in.

To create a user with full S3 access and nothing more for security reasons, we recommend using IAM (Identity and Access Management). See IAM User Guide for more info on this process.

Generate the user keys needed for Dataverse afterwards by clicking on the created user. (You can skip this step when running on EC2, see below.)


If you are hosting Dataverse on an AWS EC2 instance alongside storage in S3, it is possible to use IAM Roles instead of the credentials file (the file at ~/.aws/credentials mentioned below). Please note that you will still need the ~/.aws/config file to specify the region. For more information on this option, see

Preparation When Using Custom S3-Compatible Service

We assume you have your S3-compatible custom storage in place, up and running, ready for service.

Please make note of the following details:

  • Endpoint URL - consult the documentation of your service on how to find it.

  • Region: Optional, but some services might use it. Consult your service documentation.

    • Example: us-east-1
  • Access key ID and secret access key: Usually you can generate access keys within the user profile of your service.

    • Example:
      • ID: Q3AM3UQ867SPQQA43P2F
      • Key: zuf+tfteSlswRu7BJ86wekitnifILbZam1KYY3TG
  • Bucket name: Dataverse will fail opening and uploading files on S3 if you don’t create one.

    • Example: dataverse
Reported Working S3-Compatible Storage
Minio v2018-09-12
Set dataverse.files.s3-path-style-access=true, as Minio works path-based. Works pretty smooth, easy to setup. Can be used for quick testing, too: just use the example values above. Uses the public (read: unsecure and possibly slow) service.

HINT: If you are successfully using an S3 storage implementation not yet listed above, please feel free to open an issue at Github and describe your setup. We will be glad to add it here.

Manually Set Up Credentials File

To create the ~/.aws/credentials file manually, you will need to generate a key/secret key (see above). Once you have acquired the keys, they need to be added to the credentials file. The format for credentials is as follows:

aws_access_key_id = <insert key, no brackets>
aws_secret_access_key = <insert secret key, no brackets>

While using Amazon’s service, you must also specify the AWS region in the ~/.aws/config file, for example:

region = us-east-1

Place these two files in a folder named .aws under the home directory for the user running your Dataverse Glassfish instance. (From the AWS Command Line Interface Documentation: “In order to separate credentials from less sensitive options, region and output format are stored in a separate file named config in the same folder”)

Console Commands to Set Up Access Configuration

Begin by installing the CLI tool pip to install the AWS command line interface if you don’t have it.

First, we’ll get our access keys set up. If you already have your access keys configured, skip this step. From the command line, run:

  • pip install awscli
  • aws configure

You’ll be prompted to enter your Access Key ID and secret key, which should be issued to your AWS account. The subsequent config steps after the access keys are up to you. For reference, the keys will be stored in ~/.aws/credentials, and your AWS access region in ~/.aws/config.

TIP: When using a custom S3 URL endpoint, you need to add it to every aws call: aws --endpoint-url <URL> s3 ...
(you may omit it while configuring).

Second: Configure Dataverse to use S3 Storage

With access to your bucket in place, we’ll want to navigate to /usr/local/glassfish4/glassfish/bin/ and execute the following asadmin commands to set up the proper JVM options. Recall that out of the box, Dataverse is configured to use local file storage. You’ll need to delete the existing storage driver before setting the new one.

./asadmin $ASADMIN_OPTS delete-jvm-options ""
./asadmin $ASADMIN_OPTS create-jvm-options ""

Then, we’ll need to identify which S3 bucket we’re using. Replace your_bucket_name with, of course, your bucket:

./asadmin create-jvm-options "-Ddataverse.files.s3-bucket-name=your_bucket_name"

Optionally, you can have users download files from S3 directly rather than having files pass from S3 through Glassfish to your users. To accomplish this, set dataverse.files.s3-download-redirect to true like this:

./asadmin create-jvm-options "-Ddataverse.files.s3-download-redirect=true"

If you enable dataverse.files.s3-download-redirect as described above, note that the S3 URLs expire after an hour by default but you can configure the expiration time using the dataverse.files.s3-url-expiration-minutes JVM option. Here’s an example of setting the expiration time to 120 minutes:

./asadmin create-jvm-options "-Ddataverse.files.s3-url-expiration-minutes=120"

In case you would like to configure Dataverse to use a custom S3 service instead of Amazon S3 services, please add the options for the custom URL and region as documented below. Please read above if your desired combination has been tested already and what other options have been set for a successful integration.

Lastly, go ahead and restart your glassfish server. With Dataverse deployed and the site online, you should be able to upload datasets and data files and see the corresponding files in your S3 bucket. Within a bucket, the folder structure emulates that found in local file storage.

S3 Storage Options
JVM Option Value Description Default value s3 Enable S3 storage driver. file
dataverse.files.s3-bucket-name <?> The bucket name. See above. (none)
dataverse.files.s3-download-redirect true/false Enable direct download or proxy through Dataverse. false
dataverse.files.s3-url-expiration-minutes <?> If direct downloads: time until links expire. Optional. 60
dataverse.files.s3-custom-endpoint-url <?> Use custom S3 endpoint. Needs URL either with or without protocol. (none)
dataverse.files.s3-custom-endpoint-region <?> Only used when using custom endpoint. Optional. dataverse
dataverse.files.s3-path-style-access true/false Use path style buckets instead of subdomains. Optional. false

Branding Your Installation

The name of your root dataverse is the brand of your installation of Dataverse and appears in various places such as notifications and support links, as outlined in the :SystemEmail section below. To further brand your installation and make it your own, Dataverse provides configurable options for easy-to-add (and maintain) custom branding for your Dataverse installation. Here are the custom branding and content options you can add:

  • Custom welcome/homepage
  • Logo image to navbar
  • Header
  • Footer
  • CSS stylesheet

Downloadable sample HTML and CSS files are provided below which you can edit as you see fit. It’s up to you to create a directory in which to store these files, such as /var/www/dataverse in the examples below.

You may also want to look at samples at from community member Sherry Lake as well as her poster from the Dataverse Community Meeting 2018 called “Branding Your Local Dataverse”:

A simpler option to brand and customize your installation is to utilize the dataverse theme, which each dataverse has, that allows you to change colors, add a logo, tagline or website link to the dataverse header section of the page. Those options are outlined in the Dataverse Management section of the User Guide.

Custom Homepage

Dataverse allows you to use a custom homepage or welcome page in place of the default root dataverse page. This allows for complete control over the look and feel of your installation’s homepage.

Download this sample: custom-homepage.html and place it at /var/www/dataverse/branding/custom-homepage.html.

Once you have the location of your custom homepage HTML file, run this curl command to add it to your settings:

curl -X PUT -d '/var/www/dataverse/branding/custom-homepage.html' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:HomePageCustomizationFile

If you prefer to start with less of a blank slate, you can download the custom-homepage-dynamic.html template which was built for the Harvard Dataverse, and includes branding messaging, action buttons, search input, subject links, and recent dataset links. This page was built to utilize the Metrics API to deliver dynamic content to the page via javascript.

Note that the custom-homepage.html and custom-homepage-dynamic.html files provided have multiple elements that assume your root dataverse still has an alias of “root”. While you were branding your root dataverse, you may have changed the alias to “harvard” or “librascholar” or whatever and you should adjust the custom homepage code as needed.

For more background on what this curl command above is doing, see the “Database Settings” section below. If you decide you’d like to remove this setting, use the following curl command:

curl -X DELETE http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:HomePageCustomizationFile

Custom Header

Download this sample: custom-header.html and place it at /var/www/dataverse/branding/custom-header.html.

Once you have the location of your custom header HTML file, run this curl command to add it to your settings:

curl -X PUT -d '/var/www/dataverse/branding/custom-header.html' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:HeaderCustomizationFile

If you have enabled a custom header or navbar logo, you might prefer to disable the theme of the root dataverse. You can do so by setting :DisableRootDataverseTheme to true like this:

curl -X PUT -d 'true' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:DisableRootDataverseTheme

Please note: Disabling the display of the root dataverse theme also disables your ability to edit it. Remember that dataverse owners can set their dataverses to “inherit theme” from the root. Those dataverses will continue to inherit the root dataverse theme (even though it no longer displays on the root). If you would like to edit the root dataverse theme in the future, you will have to re-enable it first.

Custom Stylesheet

You can style your custom homepage, footer and header content with a custom CSS file. With advanced CSS know-how, you can achieve custom branding and page layouts by utilizing position, padding or margin properties.

Download this sample: custom-stylesheet.css and place it at /var/www/dataverse/branding/custom-stylesheet.css.

Once you have the location of your custom CSS file, run this curl command to add it to your settings:

curl -X PUT -d '/var/www/dataverse/branding/custom-stylesheet.css' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:StyleCustomizationFile

Web Analytics Code

Your analytics code can be added to your Dataverse installation in a similar fashion to how you brand it, by adding a custom HTML file containing the analytics code snippet and adding the file location to your settings.

Popular analytics providers Google Analytics ( and Matomo (formerly “Piwik”; have been set up with Dataverse. Use the documentation they provide to add the analytics code to your custom HTML file. This allows for more control of your analytics, making it easier to customize what you prefer to track.

Create your own analytics-code.html file using the analytics code snippet provided by Google or Matomo and place it somewhere on the server, outside the application deployment directory; for example: /var/www/dataverse/branding/analytics-code.html. Here is an example of what your HTML file will look like:

<!-- Global Site Tag (gtag.js) - Google Analytics -->
<script async="async" src=""></script>
    window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || [];
    function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);}
    gtag('js', new Date());

    gtag('config', 'YOUR-ACCOUNT-CODE');

IMPORTANT: Note the “async” attribute in the first script line above. In the documentation provided by Google, its value is left blank (as in <script async src="...">). It must be set as in the example above (<script async="async" src="...">), otherwise it may cause problems with some browsers.

Once you have created the analytics file, run this curl command to add it to your settings (using the same file location as in the example above):

curl -X PUT -d '/var/www/dataverse/branding/analytics-code.html' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:WebAnalyticsCode

DuraCloud/Chronopolis Integration

It’s completely optional to integrate your installation of Dataverse with DuraCloud/Chronopolis but the details are listed here to keep the Integrations section of the Admin Guide shorter.

Dataverse can be configured to submit a copy of published Datasets, packaged as Research Data Alliance conformant zipped BagIt bags to the Chronopolis via DuraCloud

This integration is occurs through customization of an internal Dataverse archiver workflow that can be configured as a PostPublication workflow to submit the bag to Chronopolis’ Duracloud interface using your organization’s credentials. An admin API call exists that can manually submit previously published Datasets, and prior versions, to a configured archive such as Chronopolis. The workflow leverages new functionality in Dataverse to create a JSON-LD serialized OAI-ORE map file, which is also available as a metadata export format in the Dataverse web interface.

At present, the DPNSubmitToArchiveCommand is the only implementation extending the AbstractSubmitToArchiveCommand and using the configurable mechanisms discussed below.

Also note that while the current Chronopolis implementation generates the bag and submits it to the archive’s DuraCloud interface, the step to make a ‘snapshot’ of the space containing the Bag (and verify it’s successful submission) are actions a curator must take in the DuraCloud interface.

The minimal configuration to support an archiver integration involves adding a minimum of two Dataverse Keys and any required Glassfish jvm options. The example instructions here are specific to the DuraCloud Archiver:

:ArchiverClassName - the fully qualified class to be used for archiving. For example:

curl http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:ArchiverClassName -X PUT -d ""

:ArchiverSettings - the archiver class can access required settings including existing Dataverse settings and dynamically defined ones specific to the class. This setting is a comma-separated list of those settings. For example:

curl http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:ArchiverSettings -X PUT -d ":DuraCloudHost, :DuraCloudPort, :DuraCloudContext"

The DPN archiver defines three custom settings, one of which is required (the others have defaults):

:DuraCloudHost - the URL for your organization’s Duracloud site. For example:

curl http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:DuraCloudHost -X PUT -d ""

:DuraCloudPort and :DuraCloudContext are also defined if you are not using the defaults (“443” and “duracloud” respectively). (Note: these settings are only in effect if they are listed in the :ArchiverSettings. Otherwise, they will not be passed to the DuraCloud Archiver class.)

Archivers may require glassfish settings as well. For the Chronopolis archiver, the username and password associated with your organization’s Chronopolis/DuraCloud account should be configured in Glassfish:

./asadmin create-jvm-options '-Dduracloud.username=YOUR_USERNAME_HERE'

./asadmin create-jvm-options '-Dduracloud.password=YOUR_PASSWORD_HERE'

API Call

Once this configuration is complete, you, as a user with the PublishDataset permission, should be able to use the API call to manually submit a DatasetVersion for processing:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: <key>" http://localhost:8080/api/admin/submitDataVersionToArchive/{id}/{version}


{id} is the DatasetId (or :persistentId with the ?persistentId=”<DOI>” parameter), and

{version} is the friendly version number, e.g. “1.2”.

The submitDataVersionToArchive API (and the workflow discussed below) attempt to archive the dataset version via an archive specific method. For Chronopolis, a DuraCloud space named for the dataset (it’s DOI with ‘:’ and ‘.’ replaced with ‘-‘) is created and two files are uploaded to it: a version-specific datacite.xml metadata file and a BagIt bag containing the data and an OAI-ORE map file. (The datacite.xml file, stored outside the Bag as well as inside is intended to aid in discovery while the ORE map file is ‘complete’, containing all user-entered metadata and is intended as an archival record.)

In the Chronopolis case, since the transfer from the DuraCloud front-end to archival storage in Chronopolis can take significant time, it is currently up to the admin/curator to submit a ‘snap-shot’ of the space within DuraCloud and to monitor its successful transfer. Once transfer is complete the space should be deleted, at which point the Dataverse API call can be used to submit a Bag for other versions of the same Dataset. (The space is reused, so that archival copies of different Dataset versions correspond to different snapshots of the same DuraCloud space.).

PostPublication Workflow

To automate the submission of archival copies to an archive as part of publication, one can setup a Dataverse Workflow using the “archiver” workflow step - see the Workflows guide. . The archiver step uses the configuration information discussed above including the :ArchiverClassName setting. The workflow step definition should include the set of properties defined in :ArchiverSettings in the workflow definition.

To active this workflow, one must first install a workflow using the archiver step. A simple workflow that invokes the archiver step configured to submit to DuraCloud as its only action is included in dataverse at /scripts/api/data/workflows/internal-archiver-workflow.json.

Using the Workflow Native API (see the Native API guide) this workflow can be installed using:

curl -X POST -H 'Content-type: application/json' --upload-file internal-archiver-workflow.json http://localhost:8080/api/admin/workflows

The workflow id returned in this call (or available by doing a GET of /api/admin/workflows ) can then be submitted as the default PostPublication workflow:

curl -X PUT -d {id} http://localhost:8080/api/admin/workflows/default/PostPublishDataset

Once these steps are taken, new publication requests will automatically trigger submission of an archival copy to the specified archiver, Chronopolis’ DuraCloud component in this example. For Chronopolis, as when using the API, it is currently the admin’s responsibility to snap-shot the DuraCloud space and monitor the result. Failure of the workflow, (e.g. if DuraCloud is unavailable, the configuration is wrong, or the space for this dataset already exists due to a prior publication action or use of the API), will create a failure message but will not affect publication itself.

Going Live: Launching Your Production Deployment

This guide has attempted to take you from kicking the tires on Dataverse to finalizing your installation before letting real users in. In theory, all this work could be done on a single server but better would be to have separate staging and production environments so that you can deploy upgrades to staging before deploying to production. This “Going Live” section is about launching your production environment.

Before going live with your installation of Dataverse, you must take the steps above under “Securing Your Installation” and you should at least review the various configuration options listed below. An attempt has been made to put the more commonly-configured options earlier in the list.

Out of the box, Dataverse attempts to block search engines from crawling your installation of Dataverse so that test datasets do not appear in search results until you’re ready.

Letting Search Engines Crawl Your Installation

Ensure robots.txt Is Not Blocking Search Engines

For a public production Dataverse installation, it is probably desired that search agents be able to index published pages (AKA - pages that are visible to an unauthenticated user). Polite crawlers usually respect the Robots Exclusion Standard; we have provided an example of a production robots.txt here).

We strongly recommend using the crawler rules in the sample robots.txt linked above. Note that they make the dataverse and dataset pages accessible to the search engine bots; but discourage them from actually crawling the site, by following any search links - facets and such - on the dataverse pages. Such crawling is very inefficient in terms of system resources, and often results in confusing search results for the end users of the search engines (for example, when partial search results are indexed as individual pages).

The recommended solution instead is to directly point the bots to the dataset and dataverse pages that need to be indexed, by advertising them via an explicit sitemap (please see the next section for details on how to generate the sitemap).

You can of course modify your own robots.txt to suit your specific needs as necessary. If you don’t want your datasets to be indexed at all, you can tell the bots to stay away from your site completely. But, as noted above, keep in mind that only the good, “polite” bots honor these rules! You are not really blocking anyone from accessing your site by adding a “Disallow” rule in robots.txt - it is a suggestion only. A rogue bot can and will violate it. If you are having trouble with the site being overloaded with what looks like heavy automated crawling, you may have to resort to blocking this traffic by other means - for example, via rewrite rules in Apache, or even by a Firewall.

(See the sample robots.txt file linked above for some comments on how to set up different “Allow” and “Disallow” rules for different crawler bots)

You have a couple of options for putting an updated robots.txt file into production. If you are fronting Glassfish with Apache as recommended above, you can place robots.txt in the root of the directory specified in your VirtualHost and to your Apache config a ProxyPassMatch line like the one below to prevent Glassfish from serving the version of robots.txt that is embedded in the Dataverse war file:

# don't let Glassfish serve its version of robots.txt
ProxyPassMatch ^/robots.txt$ !

For more of an explanation of ProxyPassMatch see the Shibboleth section.

If you are not fronting Glassfish with Apache you’ll need to prevent Glassfish from serving the robots.txt file embedded in the war file by overwriting robots.txt after the war file has been deployed. The downside of this technique is that you will have to remember to overwrite robots.txt in the “exploded” war file each time you deploy the war file, which probably means each time you upgrade to a new version of Dataverse. Furthermore, since the version of Dataverse is always incrementing and the version can be part of the file path, you will need to be conscious of where on disk you need to replace the file. For example, for Dataverse 4.6.1 the path to robots.txt may be /usr/local/glassfish4/glassfish/domains/domain1/applications/dataverse-4.6.1/robots.txt with the version number 4.6.1 as part of the path.

Creating a Sitemap and Submitting it to Search Engines

Search engines have an easier time indexing content when you provide them a sitemap. The Dataverse sitemap includes URLs to all published dataverses and all published datasets that are not harvested or deaccessioned.

Create or update your sitemap by adding the following curl command to cron to run nightly or as you see fit:

curl -X POST http://localhost:8080/api/admin/sitemap

This will create or update a file in the following location unless you have customized your installation directory for Glassfish:


On an installation of Dataverse with many datasets, the creation or updating of the sitemap can take a while. You can check Glassfish’s server.log file for “BEGIN updateSiteMap” and “END updateSiteMap” lines to know when the process started and stopped and any errors in between. is the sitemap URL for the Dataverse Demo site and yours should be similar.

Once the sitemap has been generated and placed in the domain docroot directory, it will become available to the outside callers at <YOUR_SITE_URL>/sitemap/sitemap.xml; it will also be accessible at <YOUR_SITE_URL>/sitemap.xml (via a pretty-faces rewrite rule). Some search engines will be able to find it at this default location. Some, including Google, need to be specifically instructed to retrieve it.

One way to submit your sitemap URL to Google is by using their “Search Console” ( In order to use the console, you will need to authenticate yourself as the owner of your Dataverse site. Various authentication methods are provided; but if you are already using Google Analytics, the easiest way is to use that account. Make sure you are logged in on Google with the account that has the edit permission on your Google Analytics property; go to the search console and enter the root URL of your Dataverse server, then choose Google Analytics as the authentication method. Once logged in, click on “Sitemaps” in the menu on the left. (todo: add a screenshot?) Consult Google’s “submit a sitemap” instructions for more information; and/or similar instructions for other search engines.

Putting Your Dataverse Installation on the Map at

Congratulations! You’ve gone live! It’s time to announce your new data repository to the world! You are also welcome to contact to have the Dataverse team add your installation to the map at . Thank you for installing Dataverse!

Administration of Your Dataverse Installation

Now that you’re live you’ll want to review the Admin Guide for more information about the ongoing administration of a Dataverse installation.

Setting Up Integrations

Before going live, you might want to consider setting up integrations to make it easier for your users to deposit or explore data. See the Integrations section of the Admin Guide for details.

JVM Options

JVM stands Java Virtual Machine and as a Java application, Glassfish can read JVM options when it is started. A number of JVM options are configured by the installer below is a complete list of the Dataverse-specific JVM options. You can inspect the configured options by running:

./asadmin list-jvm-options | egrep 'dataverse|doi'

When changing values these values with asadmin, you’ll need to delete the old value before adding a new one, like this:

./asadmin delete-jvm-options ""

./asadmin create-jvm-options ""

It’s also possible to change these values by stopping Glassfish, editing glassfish4/glassfish/domains/domain1/config/domain.xml, and restarting Glassfish.


If the Dataverse server has multiple DNS names, this option specifies the one to be used as the “official” host name. For example, you may want to have, and not the less appealing to appear exclusively in all the registered global identifiers, Data Deposit API records, etc.

The password reset feature requires dataverse.fqdn to be configured.

Do note that whenever the system needs to form a service URL, by default, it will be formed with https:// and port 443. I.e.,
If that does not suit your setup, you can define an additional option, dataverse.siteUrl, explained below.


and specify the protocol and port number you would prefer to be used to advertise the URL for your Dataverse.
For example, configured in domain.xml:

This is how you configure the path to which files uploaded by users are stored.


Users have 60 minutes to change their passwords by default. You can adjust this value here.

Configuration for TwoRavens.


Configuration for TwoRavens.


Configuration for TwoRavens.


Dropbox provides a Chooser app, which is a Javascript component that allows you to upload files to Dataverse from Dropbox. It is an optional configuration setting, which requires you to pass it an app key and configure the :UploadMethods database setting. For more information on setting up your Chooser app, visit

./asadmin create-jvm-options "-Ddataverse.dropbox.key={{YOUR_APP_KEY}}"


For overriding the default path to the convert binary from ImageMagick (/usr/bin/convert).


For limiting the size (in bytes) of thumbnail images generated from files.


For limiting the size (in bytes) of thumbnail images generated from files.


As of this writing, “” (DataCite) and “” (EZID) are the main valid values.

While the above two options are recommended because they have been tested by the Dataverse team, it is also possible to use a DataCite Client API as a proxy to DataCite. In this case, requests made to the Client API are captured and passed on to DataCite for processing. The application will interact with the DataCite Client API exactly as if it were interacting directly with the DataCite API, with the only difference being the change to the base endpoint URL.

For example, the Australian Data Archive (ADA) successfully uses the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) API (a proxy for DataCite) to mint their DOIs through Dataverse using a doi.baseurlstring value of “” as documented at . As ADA did for ANDS DOI minting, any DOI provider (and their corresponding DOI configuration parameters) other than DataCite must be tested with Dataverse to establish whether or not it will function properly.

Out of the box, Dataverse is configured to use a test MDS DataCite base URL string. You can delete it like this:

./asadmin delete-jvm-options '-Ddoi.baseurlstring=https\://'

Then, to switch to production DataCite, you can issue the following command:

./asadmin create-jvm-options '-Ddoi.baseurlstring=https\://'

See also these related database settings below:


Used in conjuction with doi.baseurlstring.

Once you have a username from your provider, you can enter it like this:

./asadmin create-jvm-options '-Ddoi.username=YOUR_USERNAME_HERE'


Used in conjuction with doi.baseurlstring.

Once you have a password from your provider, you can enter it like this:

./asadmin create-jvm-options '-Ddoi.password=YOUR_PASSWORD_HERE'


If you’re using handles, this JVM setting configures access credentials so your dataverse can talk to your Handle.Net server. This is the private key generated during Handle.Net server installation. Typically the full path is set to handle/svr_1/admpriv.bin. Please refer to Handle.Net’s documentation for more info.


This JVM setting is also part of handles configuration. The Handle.Net installer lets you choose whether to encrypt the admcredfile private key or not. If you do encrypt it, this is the pass phrase that it’s encrypted with.


If you want to use different index than the default 300


This JVM option is only relevant if you plan to run multiple Glassfish servers for redundancy. Only one Glassfish server can act as the dedicated timer server and for details on promoting or demoting a Glassfish server to handle this responsibility, see Dataverse Application Timers.

This JVM option is used to configure the path where all the language specific property files are to be stored. If this option is set then the english property file must be present in the path along with any other language property file.

./asadmin create-jvm-options ''

If this value is not set, by default, a Dataverse installation will read the English language property files from the Java Application.


Please note that this setting is experimental.

By default, download URLs to files will be included in JSON-LD output. To prevent these URLs from being included in the output, set dataverse.files.hide-schema-dot-org-download-urls to true as in the example below.

./asadmin create-jvm-options '-Ddataverse.files.hide-schema-dot-org-download-urls=true'

Please note that there are other reasons why download URLs may not be included for certain files such as if a guestbook entry is required or if the file is restricted.

For more on JSON-LD, see the Metadata Export section of the Admin Guide.

Database Settings

These settings are stored in the setting database table but can be read and modified via the “admin” endpoint of the Native API for easy scripting.

The most commonly used configuration options are listed first.

The pattern you will observe in curl examples below is that an HTTP PUT is used to add or modify a setting. If you perform an HTTP GET (the default when using curl), the output will contain the value of the setting, if it has been set. You can also do a GET of all settings with curl http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings which you may want to pretty-print by piping the output through a tool such as jq by appending | jq .. If you want to remove a setting, use an HTTP DELETE such as curl -X DELETE http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:GuidesBaseUrl .


Out of the box, all API endpoints are completely open, as mentioned in the section on security above. It is highly recommended that you choose one of the policies below and also configure :BlockedApiEndpoints.

  • localhost-only: Allow from localhost.
  • unblock-key: Require a key defined in :BlockedApiKey.
  • drop: Disallow the blocked endpoints completely.

curl -X PUT -d localhost-only http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:BlockedApiPolicy


A comma separated list of API endpoints to be blocked. For a production installation, “admin” should be blocked (and perhaps “builtin-users” as well), as mentioned in the section on security above:

curl -X PUT -d "admin,builtin-users" http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:BlockedApiEndpoints

See the API Guide for a list of API endpoints.


Used in conjunction with the :BlockedApiPolicy being set to unblock-key. When calling blocked APIs, add a query parameter of unblock-key=theKeyYouChose to use the key.

curl -X PUT -d s3kretKey http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:BlockedApiKey


The key required to create users via API as documented at Native API. Unlike other database settings, this one doesn’t start with a colon.

curl -X PUT -d builtInS3kretKey http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/BuiltinUsers.KEY


In Dataverse 4.7 and lower, the Search API required an API token, but as of Dataverse 4.7.1 this is no longer the case. If you prefer the old behavior of requiring API tokens to use the Search API, set :SearchApiRequiresToken to true.

curl -X PUT -d true http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:SearchApiRequiresToken


This is the email address that “system” emails are sent from such as password reset links. Your Dataverse installation will not send mail without this setting in place.

curl -X PUT -d 'LibraScholar SWAT Team <>' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:SystemEmail

Note that only the email address is required, which you can supply without the < and > signs, but if you include the text, it’s the way to customize the name of your support team, which appears in the “from” address in emails as well as in help text in the UI.

Please note that if you’re having any trouble sending email, you can refer to “Troubleshooting” under Installation.


By default the footer says “Copyright © [YYYY]” but you can add text after the year, as in the example below.

curl -X PUT -d ", Your Institution" http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:FooterCopyright


As of this writing “DataCite” and “EZID” are the only valid options for production installations. Developers using version 4.10 and above are welcome to use the keyword “FAKE” to configure a non-production installation with an non-resolving, in-code provider, which will basically short-circuit the DOI publishing process. :DoiProvider is only needed if you are using DOI.

curl -X PUT -d DataCite http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:DoiProvider

This setting relates to the :Protocol, :Authority, :Shoulder, and :IdentifierGenerationStyle database settings below as well as the following JVM options:


As of this writing “doi” and “hdl” are the only valid option for the protocol for a persistent ID.

curl -X PUT -d doi http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:Protocol


Use the authority assigned to you by your DoiProvider or HandleProvider.

Please note that the authority cannot have a slash (“/”) in it.

curl -X PUT -d 10.xxxx http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:Authority


Out of the box, the DOI shoulder is set to “FK2/” but this is for testing only! When you apply for your DOI namespace, you may have requested a shoulder. The following is only an example and a trailing slash is optional.

curl -X PUT -d "MyShoulder/" http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:Shoulder


By default, Dataverse generates a random 6 character string, pre-pended by the Shoulder if set, to use as the identifier for a Dataset. Set this to sequentialNumber to use sequential numeric values instead (again pre-pended by the Shoulder if set). (the assumed default setting is randomString). In addition to this setting, a database sequence must be created in the database. We provide the script below (downloadable here). You may need to make some changes to suit your system setup, see the comments for more information:

-- A script for creating a numeric identifier sequence, and an external 
-- stored procedure, for accessing the sequence from inside the application, 
-- in a non-hacky, JPA way. 

-- NOTE:

-- 1. The database user name "dvnapp" is hard-coded here - it may
-- need to be changed to match your database user name;
-- 2. In the code below, the sequence starts with 1, but it can be adjusted by
-- changing the MINVALUE as needed. 

CREATE SEQUENCE datasetidentifier_seq
  MAXVALUE 9223372036854775807

ALTER TABLE datasetidentifier_seq OWNER TO "dvnapp";

-- And now create a PostgreSQL FUNCTION, for JPA to
-- access as a NamedStoredProcedure:

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION generateIdentifierAsSequentialNumber(
    OUT identifier int)
    select nextval('datasetidentifier_seq') into identifier;
  LANGUAGE plpgsql;

Note that the SQL above is Postgres-specific. If necessary, it can be reimplemented in any other SQL flavor - the standard JPA code in the application simply expects the database to have a saved function (“stored procedure”) named generateIdentifierAsSequentialNumber with the single return argument identifier.

Please note that :IdentifierGenerationStyle also plays a role for the “identifier” for files. See the section on :DataFilePIDFormat below for more details.


This setting controls the way that the “identifier” component of a file’s persistent identifier (PID) relates to the PID of its “parent” dataset.

By default the identifier for a file is dependent on its parent dataset. For example, if the identifier of a dataset is “TJCLKP”, the identifier for a file within that dataset will consist of the parent dataset’s identifier followed by a slash (“/”), followed by a random 6 character string, yielding “TJCLKP/MLGWJO”. Identifiers in this format are what you should expect if you leave :DataFilePIDFormat undefined or set it to DEPENDENT and have not changed the :IdentifierGenerationStyle setting from its default.

Alternatively, the identifier for File PIDs can be configured to be independent of Dataset PIDs using the setting “INDEPENDENT”. In this case, file PIDs will not contain the PIDs of their parent datasets, and their PIDs will be generated the exact same way that datasets’ PIDs are, based on the :IdentifierGenerationStyle setting described above (random 6 character strings or sequential numbers, pre-pended by any shoulder).

The chart below shows examples from each possible combination of parameters from the two settings. :IdentifierGenerationStyle can be either randomString (the default) or sequentialNumber and :DataFilePIDFormat can be either DEPENDENT (the default) or INDEPENDENT. In the examples below the “identifier” for the dataset is “TJCLKP” for “randomString” and “100001” for “sequentialNumber”.

  randomString sequentialNumber

As seen above, in cases where :IdentifierGenerationStyle is set to sequentialNumber and :DataFilePIDFormat is set to DEPENDENT, each file within a dataset will be assigned a number within that dataset starting with “1”.

Otherwise, if :DataFilePIDFormat is set to INDEPENDENT, then each file will be assigned a PID with the next number in the overall sequence, regardless of what dataset it is in. If the file is created after a dataset with the PID 100001, then the file will be assigned the PID 100002. This option is functional, but it is not a recommended use case.

Note that in either case, when using the sequentialNumber option, datasets and files share the same database sequence that was created as part of the setup described in :IdentifierGenerationStyle above.


Toggles publishing of file-based PIDs for the entire installation. By default this setting is absent and Dataverse assumes it to be true.

If you don’t want to register file-based PIDs for your installation, set:

curl -X PUT -d 'false' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:FilePIDsEnabled

Note: File-level PID registration was added in 4.9 and is required until version 4.9.3.


Specific for Handle PIDs. Set this setting to true if you want to use a Handle service which is setup to work ‘independently’ (No communication with the Global Handle Registry). By default this setting is absent and Dataverse assumes it to be false.

curl -X PUT -d 'true' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:IndependentHandleService


Upload an HTML file containing the Terms of Use to be displayed at sign up. Supported HTML tags are listed under the Dataset + File Management section of the User Guide.

curl -X PUT -d@/tmp/apptou.html http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:ApplicationTermsOfUse

Unfortunately, in most cases, the text file will probably be too big to upload (>1024 characters) due to a bug. A workaround has been posted to


Specify a URL where users can read your Privacy Policy, linked from the bottom of the page.

curl -X PUT -d http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:ApplicationPrivacyPolicyUrl


Specify a URL where users can read your API Terms of Use. API users can retrieve this URL from the SWORD Service Document or the “info” section of our Native API documentation.

curl -X PUT -d http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:ApiTermsOfUse


Set :ExcludeEmailFromExport to prevent email addresses for contacts from being exposed in XML or JSON representations of dataset and dataverse metadata. For a list exported formats such as DDI, see the Metadata Export section of the Admin Guide.

curl -X PUT -d true http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:ExcludeEmailFromExport


Set GuidesBaseUrl to override the default value “”. If you are interested in writing your own version of the guides, you may find the Documentation section of the Developer Guide helpful.

curl -X PUT -d http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:GuidesBaseUrl


Set :GuidesVersion to override the version number in the URL of guides. For example, rather than the version is overriden to in the example below:

curl -X PUT -d 1234-new-feature http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:GuidesVersion


Make the metrics component on the root dataverse a clickable link to a website where you present metrics on your Dataverse installation. This could perhaps be an installation of or any site.

curl -X PUT -d http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:MetricsUrl


For dynamically adding an informational header to the top of every page. StatusMessageText must also be set for a message to show. For example, “For testing only...” at the top of is set with this:

curl -X PUT -d "For testing only..." http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:StatusMessageHeader

You can make the text clickable and include an additional message in a pop up by setting :StatusMessageText.


Alongside the :StatusMessageHeader you need to add StatusMessageText for the message to show.:

curl -X PUT -d "This appears in a popup." http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:StatusMessageText


Set MaxFileUploadSizeInBytes to “2147483648”, for example, to limit the size of files uploaded to 2 GB.


  • For SWORD, this size is limited by the Java Integer.MAX_VALUE of 2,147,483,647. (see:
  • If the MaxFileUploadSizeInBytes is NOT set, uploads, including SWORD may be of unlimited size.
  • For larger file upload sizes, you may need to configure your reverse proxy timeout. If using apache2 (httpd) with Shibboleth, add a timeout to the ProxyPass defined in etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf (which is described in the Shibboleth setup).

curl -X PUT -d 2147483648 http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:MaxFileUploadSizeInBytes


For performance reasons, Dataverse will only create zip files on the fly up to 100 MB but the limit can be increased. Here’s an example of raising the limit to 1 GB:

curl -X PUT -d 1000000000 http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:ZipDownloadLimit


Threshold in bytes for limiting whether or not “ingest” it attempted for tabular files (which can be resource intensive). For example, with the below in place, files greater than 2 GB in size will not go through the ingest process:

curl -X PUT -d 2000000000 http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:TabularIngestSizeLimit

(You can set this value to 0 to prevent files from being ingested at all.)

You can override this global setting on a per-format basis for the following formats:

  • DTA
  • POR
  • SAV
  • Rdata
  • CSV
  • XLSX

For example, if you want your installation of Dataverse to not attempt to ingest Rdata files larger that 1 MB, use this setting:

curl -X PUT -d 1000000 http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:TabularIngestSizeLimit:Rdata


Limit the number of files in a zip that Dataverse will accept.


By default Dataverse will attempt to connect to Solr on port 8983 on localhost. Use this setting to change the hostname or port. You must restart Glassfish after making this change.

curl -X PUT -d localhost:8983 http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:SolrHostColonPort


Whether or not to index the content of files such as PDFs. The default is false.

curl -X PUT -d true http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:SolrFullTextIndexing


If :SolrFullTextIndexing is set to true, the content of files of any size will be indexed. To set a limit in bytes for which files to index in this way:

curl -X PUT -d 314572800 http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:SolrMaxFileSizeForFullTextIndexing


The relative path URL to which users will be sent for signup. The default setting is below.

curl -X PUT -d '/dataverseuser.xhtml?editMode=CREATE' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:SignUpUrl


The :TwoRavensUrl option is no longer valid. See TwoRavens and External Tools.


The :TwoRavensTabularView option is no longer valid. See TwoRavens and External Tools.


Set GeoconnectCreateEditMaps to true to allow the user to create GeoConnect Maps. This boolean effects whether the user sees the map button on the dataset page and if the ingest will create a shape file.

curl -X PUT -d true http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:GeoconnectCreateEditMaps


Set GeoconnectViewMaps to true to allow a user to view existing maps. This boolean effects whether a user will see the “Explore” button.

curl -X PUT -d true http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:GeoconnectViewMaps


Set custom text a user will view when publishing a dataset. Note that this text is exposed via the “Info” endpoint of the Native API.

curl -X PUT -d "Deposit License Requirements" http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:DatasetPublishPopupCustomText

If you have a long text string, you can upload it as a file as in the example below.

curl -X PUT --upload-file /tmp/long.txt http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:DatasetPublishPopupCustomText


Set whether a user will see the custom text when publishing all versions of a dataset

curl -X PUT -d true http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:DatasetPublishPopupCustomTextOnAllVersions


Set SearchHighlightFragmentSize to override the default value of 100 from . In practice, a value of “320” seemed to fix the issue at

curl -X PUT -d 320 http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:SearchHighlightFragmentSize


Allow for migration of non-conformant data (especially dates) from DVN 3.x to Dataverse 4.


The duration in minutes before “Confirm Email” URLs expire. The default is 1440 minutes (24 hours). See also the User Administration section of our Admin Guide.


If you have enabled Shibboleth and/or one or more OAuth providers, you may wish to make one of these authentication providers the default when users visit the Log In page. If unset, this will default to builtin but these valid options (depending if you’ve done the setup described in the Shibboleth or OAuth Login: ORCID, GitHub, Google sections) are:

  • builtin
  • shib
  • orcid
  • github
  • google

Here is an example of setting the default auth provider back to builtin:

curl -X PUT -d builtin http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:DefaultAuthProvider


Set to false to disallow local accounts to be created. See also the sections on Shibboleth and OAuth Login: ORCID, GitHub, Google.


Dataverse calculates checksums for uploaded files so that users can determine if their file was corrupted via upload or download. This is sometimes called “file fixity”:

The default checksum algorithm used is MD5 and should be sufficient for establishing file fixity. “SHA-1”, “SHA-256” and “SHA-512” are alternate values for this setting. For example:

curl -X PUT -d 'SHA-512' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:FileFixityChecksumAlgorithm

The fixity algorithm used on existing files can be changed by a superuser using the API. An optional query parameter (num) can be used to limit the number of updates attempted. The API call will only update the algorithm and checksum for a file if the existing checksum can be validated against the file. Statistics concerning the updates are returned in the response to the API call with details in the log.

curl http://localhost:8080/api/admin/updateHashValues/{alg} curl http://localhost:8080/api/admin/updateHashValues/{alg}?num=1


Password policy setting for builtin user accounts: a password’s minimum valid character length. The default is 6.

curl -X PUT -d 6 http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:PVMinLength


Password policy setting for builtin user accounts: a password’s maximum valid character length.

curl -X PUT -d 0 http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:PVMaxLength


By default, passwords can contain an unlimited number of digits in a row. However, if your password policy specifies otherwise (e.g. only four digits in a row are allowed), then you can issue the following curl command to set the number of consecutive digits allowed (this example uses 4):

curl -X PUT -d 4 http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:PVNumberOfConsecutiveDigitsAllowed


Password policy setting for builtinuser accounts: dictates which types of characters can be required in a password. This setting goes hand-in-hand with :PVNumberOfCharacteristics. The default setting contains two rules:

  • one letter
  • one digit

The default setting above is equivalent to specifying “Alphabetical:1,Digit:1”.

By specifying “UpperCase:1,LowerCase:1,Digit:1,Special:1”, for example, you can put the following four rules in place instead:

  • one uppercase letter
  • one lowercase letter
  • one digit
  • one special character

If you have implemented 4 different character rules in this way, you can also optionally increase :PVNumberOfCharacteristics to as high as 4. However, please note that :PVNumberOfCharacteristics cannot be set to a number higher than the number of character rules or you will see the error, “Number of characteristics must be <= to the number of rules”.

Also note that the Alphabetical setting should not be used in tandem with the UpperCase or LowerCase settings. The Alphabetical setting encompasses both of those more specific settings, so using it with them will cause your password policy to be unnecessarily confusing, and potentially easier to bypass.

curl -X PUT -d 'UpperCase:1,LowerCase:1,Digit:1,Special:1' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:PVCharacterRules

curl -X PUT -d 3 http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:PVNumberOfCharacteristics


Password policy setting for builtin user accounts: the number indicates how many of the character rules defined by :PVCharacterRules are required as part of a password. The default is 2. :PVNumberOfCharacteristics cannot be set to a number higher than the number of rules or you will see the error, “Number of characteristics must be <= to the number of rules”.

curl -X PUT -d 2 http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:PVNumberOfCharacteristics


Password policy setting for builtin user accounts: set a comma separated list of dictionaries containing words that cannot be used in a user password. /usr/share/dict/words is suggested and shown modified below to not contain words 3 letters or less. You are free to choose a different dictionary. By default, no dictionary is checked.

DIR=THE_PATH_YOU_WANT_YOUR_DICTIONARY_TO_RESIDE sed '/^.\{,3\}$/d' /usr/share/dict/words > $DIR/pwdictionary curl -X PUT -d "$DIR/pwdictionary" http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:PVDictionaries


Password policy setting for builtin user accounts: passwords of equal or greater character length than the :PVGoodStrength setting are always valid, regardless of other password constraints.

curl -X PUT -d 20 http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:PVGoodStrength

Recommended setting: 20.


Changes the default info message displayed when a user is required to change their password on login. The default is:

{0} Reset Password{1} Our password requirements have changed. Please pick a strong password that matches the criteria below.

Where the {0} and {1} denote surrounding HTML bold tags. It’s recommended to put a single space before your custom message for better appearance (as in the default message above). Including the {0} and {1} to bolden part of your message is optional.

Customize the message using the following curl command’s syntax:

curl -X PUT -d '{0} Action Required:{1} Your current password does not meet all requirements. Please enter a new password meeting the criteria below.' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:PVCustomPasswordResetAlertMessage


Set :ShibPassiveLoginEnabled to true to enable passive login for Shibboleth. When this feature is enabled, an additional Javascript file (isPassive.js) will be loaded for every page. It will generate a passive login request to your Shibboleth SP when an anonymous user navigates to the site. A cookie named “_check_is_passive_dv” will be created to keep track of whether or not a passive login request has already been made for the user.

This implementation follows the example on the Shibboleth wiki documentation page for the isPassive feature:

It is recommended that you configure additional error handling for your Service Provider if you enable passive login. A good way of doing this is described in the Shibboleth wiki documentation:

  • In your Service Provider 2.x shibboleth2.xml file, add redirectErrors=”#THIS PAGE#” to the Errors element.

You can set the value of “#THIS PAGE#” to the URL of your Dataverse homepage, or any other page on your site that is accessible to anonymous users and will have the isPassive.js file loaded.

curl -X PUT -d true http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:ShibPassiveLoginEnabled


Set the base URL for the “Compute” button for a dataset.

curl -X PUT -d '' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:ComputeBaseUrl


Set the name of the cloud environment you’ve integrated with your Dataverse installation.

curl -X PUT -d 'Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC)' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:CloudEnvironmentName


Setting an installation to public will remove the ability to restrict data files or datasets. This functionality of Dataverse will be disabled from your installation.

This is useful for specific cases where an installation’s files are stored in public access. Because files stored this way do not obey Dataverse’s file restrictions, users would still be able to access the files even when they’re restricted. In these cases it’s best to use :PublicInstall to disable the feature altogether.

curl -X PUT -d true http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:PublicInstall


The URL for your Data Capture Module (DCM) installation. This component is experimental and can be downloaded from .

curl -X PUT -d '' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:DataCaptureModuleUrl


The URL for your Repository Storage Abstraction Layer (RSAL) installation. This component is experimental and can be downloaded from .

curl -X PUT -d '' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:RepositoryStorageAbstractionLayerUrl


This setting controls which upload methods are available to users of your installation of Dataverse. The following upload methods are available:

  • native/http: Corresponds to “Upload with HTTP via your browser” and APIs that use HTTP (SWORD and native).
  • dcm/rsync+ssh: Corresponds to “Upload with rsync+ssh via Data Capture Module (DCM)”. A lot of setup is required, as explained in the Big Data Support section of the Dev Guide.

Out of the box only native/http is enabled and will work without further configuration. To add multiple upload method, separate them using a comma like this:

curl -X PUT -d 'native/http,dcm/rsync+ssh' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:UploadMethods

You’ll always want at least one upload method, so the easiest way to remove one of them is to simply PUT just the one you want, like this:

curl -X PUT -d 'native/http' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:UploadMethods


This setting is experimental and related to Repository Storage Abstraction Layer (RSAL).

curl -X PUT -d 'rsal/rsync' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:DownloadMethods


Limit on how many guestbook entries to display on the guestbook-responses page. By default, only the 5000 most recent entries will be shown. Use the standard settings API in order to change the limit. For example, to set it to 10,000, make the following API call:

curl -X PUT -d 10000 http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:GuestbookResponsesPageDisplayLimit


You can replace the default dataset metadata fields that are displayed above files table on the dataset page with a custom list separated by commas using the curl command below.

curl http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:CustomDatasetSummaryFields -X PUT -d 'producer,subtitle,alternativeTitle'

You have to put the datasetFieldType name attribute in the :CustomDatasetSummaryFields setting for this to work.


Dataverse 4.8.1 and below allowed API Token lookup via API but for better security this has been disabled by default. Set this to true if you really want the old behavior.

curl -X PUT -d 'true' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:AllowApiTokenLookupViaApi


Enable the collection of provenance metadata on Dataverse via the provenance popup.

curl -X PUT -d 'true' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:ProvCollectionEnabled


Sets how long a cached metrics result is used before re-running the query for a request. This timeout is only applied to some of the metrics that query the current state of the system, previous months queries are cached indefinitely. See Metrics API for more info. The default timeout value is 7 days (10080 minutes).

curl -X PUT -d 10080 http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:MetricsCacheTimeoutMinutes


Sets the path where the raw Make Data Count logs are stored before being processed. If not set, no logs will be created for Make Data Count. See also the Make Data Count section of the Admin Guide.

curl -X PUT -d '/usr/local/glassfish4/glassfish/domains/domain1/logs' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:MDCLogPath


Sets which languages should be available. If there is more than one, a dropdown is displayed in the header. This should be formated as a JSON array as shown below.

curl http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:Languages -X PUT -d '[{  "locale":"en", "title":"English"},  {  "locale":"fr", "title":"Français"}]'


:InheritParentRoleAssignments can be set to a comma-separated list of role aliases or ‘*’ (all) to cause newly created Dataverses to inherit the set of users and/or internal groups who have assignments for those role(s) on the parent Dataverse, i.e. those users/groups will be assigned the same role(s) on the new Dataverse (in addition to the creator of the new Dataverse having an admin role). This can be helpful in situations where multiple organizations are sharing one Dataverse instance. The default, if ::InheritParentRoleAssignments is not set is for the creator of the new Dataverse to be the only one assigned a role.

curl -X PUT -d 'admin, curator' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:InheritParentRoleAssignments or curl -X PUT -d '*' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:InheritParentRoleAssignments