Customizing Default Settings

You may customize Longhorn’s default settings when deploying it. You may specify, for example, Create Default Disk With Node Labeled and Default Data Path before starting Longhorn.


This default setting is only for Longhorn system that haven’t been deployed. And it has no impact on the existing Longhorn system.

You should modify the settings for any existing Longhorn system via the Longhorn UI.

Via Rancher UI

[Cluster] -> System -> Apps -> Launch -> longhorn -> LONGHORN DEFAULT SETTINGS

Via Longhorn deployment YAML file

  1. Download the longhorn repo:

    git clone
  2. Modify the config map named longhorn-default-setting in the yaml file longhorn/deploy/longhorn.yaml. For example:

    apiVersion: v1
    kind: ConfigMap
      name: longhorn-default-setting
      namespace: longhorn-system
      default-setting.yaml: |-
        backup-target: s3://backupbucket@us-east-1/backupstore
        backup-target-credential-secret: minio-secret
        create-default-disk-labeled-nodes: true
        default-data-path: /var/lib/longhorn-example/
        replica-soft-anti-affinity: false
        storage-over-provisioning-percentage: 600
        storage-minimal-available-percentage: 15
        upgrade-checker: false
        default-replica-count: 2
        default-longhorn-static-storage-class: longhorn-static-example
        backupstore-poll-interval: 500
        taint-toleration: key1=value1:NoSchedule; key2:NoExecute

Via helm

  1. Download the chart in the Longhorn repo:

    git clone

2.1 Use helm command with --set flag to modify the default settings. For example:

  • Helm 2
    helm install longhorn/longhorn \
      --name longhorn \
      --namespace longhorn-system \
      --set defaultSettings.taintToleration="key1=value1:NoSchedule; key2:NoExecute"
  • Helm 3
    helm install longhorn longhorn/longhorn \
      --namespace longhorn-system \
      --create-namespace \
      --set defaultSettings.taintToleration="key1=value1:NoSchedule; key2:NoExecute"

2.2. Or directly modifying the default settings in the yaml file longhorn/chart/values.yaml then using helm command without --set to deploy Longhorn. For example:

In longhorn/chart/values.yaml:

  backupTarget: s3://backupbucket@us-east-1/backupstore
  backupTargetCredentialSecret: minio-secret
  createDefaultDiskLabeledNodes: true
  defaultDataPath: /var/lib/longhorn-example/
  replicaSoftAntiAffinity: false
  storageOverProvisioningPercentage: 600
  storageMinimalAvailablePercentage: 15
  upgradeChecker: false
  defaultReplicaCount: 2
  defaultLonghornStaticStorageClass: longhorn-static-example
  backupstorePollInterval: 500
  taintToleration: key1=value1:NoSchedule; key2:NoExecute

Then use the helm command:

  • Helm 2
    helm install longhorn/longhorn \
      --name longhorn \
      --namespace longhorn-system \
      --values values.yaml
  • Helm 3
    helm install longhorn longhorn/longhorn \
      --namespace longhorn-system \
      --create-namespace \
      --values values.yaml

For more info about using helm, see: Install-Longhorn-with-helm


Original feature request

Available since v0.6.0

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