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Last update: September 23, 2020

Using the EthSigner configuration file

To specify command line options in a file, use a TOML configuration file.

Save the configuration file and reuse it across node startups. To specify the configuration file, use the --config-file option.

To override an option specified in the configuration file, either specify the same option on the command line or as an environment variable. For options specified in more than one place, the order of precedence is command line, environment variable, configuration file.

TOML specification

The configuration file must be a valid TOML file composed of key/value pairs. Each key is the same as the corresponding command line option name without the leading dashes (--). For subcommands, prefix the key with the name of the subcommand. For example,<DIR>


Subcommands cannot be specified in the configuration file, you can only specify a subcommand’s associated options. The signing key subcommand must be specified on the command line.

Values must conform to TOML specifications for string, numbers, arrays, and booleans. Specific differences between the command line and the TOML file format are:

  • Comma-separated lists on the command line are string arrays in the TOML file.
  • Enclose file paths, hexadecimal numbers, URLs, and <host:port> values in quotes.


The command line reference includes configuration file examples for each option.

Sample TOML configuration file

# Chain

# Path
data-path="~/ethsignerdata" # Path

# Ethereum client (Besu)

# Signing options
# file-based

# multi-key"/Users/me/keys"

The sample TOML file specifies options for the file-based-signer and multikey-signer subcommands. However, you can only start EthSigner using one signing subcommand.

Starting EthSigner with a configuration file

ethsigner --config-file=/home/me/me_node/config.toml multikey-signer
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