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 Overview of nova.conf

The nova.conf configuration file is an INI file format as explained in the section called “Configuration file format”.

You can use a particular configuration option file by using the option (nova.conf) parameter when you run one of the nova-* services. This parameter inserts configuration option definitions from the specified configuration file name, which might be useful for debugging or performance tuning.

For a list of configuration options, see the tables in this guide.

To learn more about the nova.conf configuration file, review the general purpose configuration options documented in Table 2.19, “Description of configuration options for common”.


Do not specify quotes around Nova options.


Configuration options are grouped by section. The Compute configuration file supports the following sections:


Contains most configuration options. If the documentation for a configuration option does not specify its section, assume that it appears in this section.


Configures cells functionality. For details, see the Cells section (../config-reference/content/section_compute-cells.html).


Configures the baremetal hypervisor driver.


Configures the nova-conductor service.


Configures the trusted computing pools functionality and how to connect to a remote attestation service.

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