Configuration Guide

The static configuration for nova lives in two main files: nova.conf and policy.json. These are described below. For a bigger picture view on configuring nova to solve specific problems, refer to the Nova Admin Guide.


  • Configuration Guide: Detailed configuration guides for various parts of your Nova system. Helpful reference for setting up specific hypervisor backends.

  • Config Reference: A complete reference of all configuration options available in the nova.conf file.


Nova, like most OpenStack projects, uses a policy language to restrict permissions on REST API actions.

  • Policy Reference: A complete reference of all policy points in nova and what they impact.