upsd.conf - Configuration for Network UPS Tools upsd


upsd uses this file to control access to the server and set some other miscellaneous configuration values. This file contains details on access controls, so keep it secure. Ideally, only the upsd process should be able to read it.


"MAXAGE seconds"

upsd usually allows a driver to stop responding for up to 15 seconds before declaring the data "stale". If your driver takes a very long time to process updates but is otherwise operational, you can use MAXAGE to make upsd wait longer.

Most users should leave this at the default value.


When instant commands and variables setting status tracking is enabled, status execution information are kept during this amount of time, and then cleaned up. This defaults to 3600 (1 hour).


Normally upsd requires that at least one device section is defined in ups.conf when the daemon starts, to serve its data. For automatically managed services it may be preferred to have upsd always running, and reload the configuration when power devices become defined.

Boolean values true, yes, on and 1 mean that the server would not refuse to start with zero device sections found in ups.conf.

Boolean values false, no, off and 0 mean that the server should refuse to start if zero device sections were found in ups.conf. This is the default, unless the calling environment sets a same-named variable to enforce a value for the current run. One way this can happen is somebody un-commenting it in the nut.conf file used by init-scripts and service unit method scripts.


Tell upsd to look for the driver state sockets in path rather than the default that was compiled into the program.

"LISTEN interface port"

Bind a listening port to the interface specified by its Internet address or name. This may be useful on hosts with multiple interfaces. You should not rely exclusively on this for security, as it can be subverted on many systems.

Optionally listen on TCP port port instead of the default value which was compiled into the code. This overrides any value you may have set with configure --with-port. If you don’t change it with configure or this value, upsd will listen on port 3493 for this interface.

Multiple LISTEN addresses may be specified. The default is to bind to if no LISTEN addresses are specified (and ::1 if IPv6 support is compiled in).

To listen on all available interfaces, you may also use for IPv4 and and :: for IPv6.

LISTEN myhostname.mydomain
LISTEN 2001:0db8:1234:08d3:1319:8a2e:0370:7344

This parameter will only be read at startup. You’ll need to restart (rather than reload) upsd to apply any changes made here.

"MAXCONN connections"

This defaults to maximum number allowed on your system. Each UPS, each LISTEN address and each client count as one connection. If the server runs out of connections, it will no longer accept new incoming client connections. Only set this if you know exactly what you’re doing.

"CERTFILE certificate file"

When compiled with SSL support with OpenSSL backend, you can enter the certificate file here. The certificates must be in PEM format and must be sorted starting with the subject’s certificate (server certificate), followed by intermediate CA certificates (if applicable_ and the highest level (root) CA. It should end with the server key. See docs/security.txt or the Security chapter of NUT user manual for more information on the SSL support in NUT.

"CERTPATH certificate database"

When compiled with SSL support with NSS backend, you can enter the certificate path here. Certificates are stored in a dedicated database (data split in 3 files). Specify the path of the database directory.

"CERTIDENT certificate name database password"

When compiled with SSL support with NSS backend, you can specify the certificate name to retrieve from database to authenticate itself and the password required to access certificate related private key.

"CERTREQUEST certificate request level"

When compiled with SSL support with NSS backend and client certificate validation (disabled by default, see docs/security.txt), you can specify if upsd requests or requires client’s' certificates. Possible values are :

  • 0 to not request to clients to provide any certificate

  • 1 to require to all clients a certificate

  • 2 to require to all clients a valid certificate


Tell upsd to disable older/weak SSL/TLS protocols and ciphers. With relatively recent versions of OpenSSL or NSS it will be restricted to TLSv1.2 or better. Unless you have really ancient clients, you probably want to enable this. Currently disabled by default to ensure compatibility with existing setups.


Optionally specify a minimum debug level for upsd data daemon, e.g. for troubleshooting a deployment, without impacting foreground or background running mode directly. Command-line option -D can only increase this verbosity level.

if the running daemon receives a reload command, presence of the DEBUG_MIN NUMBER value in the configuration file can be used to tune debugging verbosity in the running service daemon (it is recommended to comment it away or set the minimum to explicit zero when done, to avoid huge journals and I/O system abuse). Keep in mind that for this run-time tuning, the DEBUG_MIN value present in reloaded configuration files is applied instantly and overrides any previously set value, from file or CLI options, regardless of older logging level being higher or lower than the newly found number; a missing (or commented away) value however does not change the previously active logging verbosity.


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