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    Simple opinionated cascading configuration management. Heavily influenced by konphyg but more features, easier usage and less code.

    MIT License js-standard-style Build Status CodeCov Badge semantic-release Commitizen friendly


    • Simple usage: Just require sane-config in your code and the assigned variable will contain your config. DONE!
    • Supports json and js files.
    • Set up within 5 minutes without headache.
    • Works for node and browser.
    • Automatically selects matching configuration based on the NODE_ENV.
    • Cascading configuration. Define a default, overwrite some values on production. No problem!
    • Validation of configuration files made easy via json-schema
    • Developers can overwrite any configuration in case they have special settings on their machine.
    • Uses debug to display the chosen configuration files.
    • All of this with just about 100 lines of code and a few small dependencies. Let's keep stuff simple!


    yarn add sane-config || npm install --save sane-config


    Two simple steps to reach the goal:

    First – Create a config directory

    Store your configuration files in a directory called config in your project root.

    (Optional) Tell sane-config to use another directory:

    If you prefer some other location, you have two options:

    • Set the config['sane-config'].directory parameter in your package.json config object to whatever you like.
    • Add the --configurationDirectory argument to your process call

    Hint: The path may be relative or absolute.

    Second – Name your config files

    You have to split your configuration files into sections, which will be merged to a single config object. This gives you basic organization and separation.

    To achieve this, they must follow this naming structure:


    1. [Section] - Might be anything you want. All files with the same section will be merge into one config object property. Use it for separation like database, paths, tokens, ...
    2. [Level] - Indicates the cascading priority for the files of one section. sane-config will load and merge the configurations in the following order:
    • default
    • process.env.NODE_ENV
    • local
    • schema
    1. js or json file extension

    Your config directory later may look like this:

    db.local.js # local overwrite for developer environment 
    db.production.json # should be only present on server 
    db.schema.json # optional file for config validation 

    Usage (Node)

    Let's assume we have the following configuration files in our configuration directory:


      "user": "frank",
      "port": 5432,


      "user": "peter"

    You can access your configuration like this:

    import config from 'sane-config'
    // --> frank

    Thats how the whole configuration would look like for development:

    import config from 'sane-config'
    console.log(JSON.stringify(config, null, 2))
    // {
    //   "database": {
    //     "user": "frank",
    //     "port": 5432,
    //   }
    // }

    And here for production:

    import config from 'sane-config'
    console.log(JSON.stringify(config, null, 2))
    // {
    //   "database": {
    //     "user": "peter", <-- user got overwritten
    //     "port": 5432,
    //   }
    // }

    Usage within Webpack apps (Browser)

    Just add your processed config as global via the DefinePlugin. This ensures it only runs once and does not fail since sane-config uses the file system to read your configs which only works in node environments.

    import config from 'sane-config'
    new Webpack.DefinePlugin({
      APP_CONFIG: JSON.stringify(config)

    Make sure that you don't forget the JSON.stringify()


    sane-config also provides a way to validate your configuration. In later states of your project, this can help a lot to ensure configuration of new or long-time inactive team members are up to date.

    Just add a json file with JSON Schema information next to your configuration files. It must follow this naming structure:


    The generator at might help you to create your first schema definition.


    This project follows the standard coding and the conventional changelog commit message style. Also it is configured to never decrease the code coverage of its tests.

    Also make sure you check out all available npm scripts via npm run.


    Pull requests and stars are always welcome. For bugs and feature requests, please create an issue. But before doing anything, please read the guidelines.


    npm i sane-config

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