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TabPy Server Configuration Instructions

Custom Settings

TabPy starts with set of default settings unless settings are provided via environment variables or with a config file.

Configuration parameters can be updated with:

  1. Adding environment variables - set the environment variable as required by your Operating System. When creating environment variables, use the same name for your environment variable as specified in the config file.
  2. Specifying a parameter in a config file (enviroment variable value overwrites configuration setting).

Configuration file with custom settings is specified as a command line parameter:

tabpy --config=path/to/my/config/file.conf

The default config file is provided to show you the default values but does not need to be present to run TabPy.

Configuration File Content

Configuration file consists of settings for TabPy itself and Python logger settings. You should only set parameters if you need different values than the defaults.

Environment variables can be used in the config file. Any instances of %(ENV_VAR)s will be replaced by the value of the environment variable ENV_VAR.

TabPy parameters explained below, the logger documentation can be found at logging.config documentation page.

[TabPy] parameters:

  • TABPY_PORT - port for TabPy to listen on. Default value - 9004.
  • TABPY_QUERY_OBJECT_PATH - query objects location. Used with models, see TabPy Tools documentation for details. Default value - /tmp/query_objects.
  • TABPY_STATE_PATH - state folder location (absolute path) for Tornado web server. Default value - tabpy/tabpy_server subfolder in TabPy package folder.
  • TABPY_STATIC_PATH - absolute path for location of static files (index.html page) for TabPy instance. Default value - tabpy/tabpy_server/static subfolder in TabPy package folder.
  • TABPY_PWD_FILE - absolute path to password file. Setting up this parameter makes TabPy require credentials with HTTP(S) requests. More details about authentication can be found in Authentication section. Default value - not set.
  • TABPY_TRANSFER_PROTOCOL - transfer protocol. Default value - http. If set to https two additional parameters have to be specified: TABPY_CERTIFICATE_FILE and TABPY_KEY_FILE. Details are in the Configuring HTTP vs HTTPS section.
  • TABPY_CERTIFICATE_FILE - absolute path to the certificate file to run TabPy with. Only used with TABPY_TRANSFER_PROTOCOL set to https. Default value - not set.
  • TABPY_KEY_FILE - absolute path to private key file to run TabPy with. Only used with TABPY_TRANSFER_PROTOCOL set to https. Default value - not set.
  • TABPY_LOG_DETAILS - when set to true additional call information (caller IP, URL, client info, etc.) is logged. Default value - false.
  • TABPY_MAX_REQUEST_SIZE_MB - maximal request size supported by TabPy server in Megabytes. All requests of exceeding size are rejected. Default value is 100 Mb.
  • TABPY_EVALUATE_TIMEOUT - script evaluation timeout in seconds. Default value - 30.

Configuration File Example

Note: Always use absolute paths for the configuration paths settings.

# TABPY_QUERY_OBJECT_PATH = /tmp/query_objects
# TABPY_PORT = 9004
# TABPY_STATE_PATH = <package-path>/tabpy/tabpy_server

# Where static pages live
# TABPY_STATIC_PATH = <package-path>/tabpy/tabpy_server/static

# For how to configure TabPy authentication read
# docs/
# TABPY_PWD_FILE = /path/to/password/file.txt

# To set up secure TabPy uncomment and modify the following lines.
# Note only PEM-encoded x509 certificates are supported.
# TABPY_CERTIFICATE_FILE = /path/to/certificate/file.crt
# TABPY_KEY_FILE = /path/to/key/file.key

# Log additional request details including caller IP, full URL, client
# end user info if provided.

# Limit request size (in Mb) - any request which size exceeds
# specified amount will be rejected by TabPy.
# Default value is 100 Mb.

# Configure how long a custom script provided to the /evaluate method
# will run before throwing a TimeoutError.
# The value should be a float representing the timeout time in seconds.






args=('tabpy_log.log', 'a', 1000000, 5)

format=%(asctime)s [%(levelname)s] (%(filename)s:%(module)s:%(lineno)d): %(message)s

Configuring HTTP vs HTTPS

By default, TabPy serves only HTTP requests. TabPy can be configured to serve only HTTPS requests by setting the following parameter in the config file:


If HTTPS is selected, the absolute paths to the cert and key file need to be specified in your config file using the following parameters:

TABPY_CERTIFICATE_FILE = C:/path/to/cert/file.crt
TABPY_KEY_FILE = C:/path/to/key/file.key

Note that only PEM-encoded x509 certificates are supported for the secure connection scenario.


TabPy supports basic access authentication (see for more details).

Enabling Authentication

To enable the feature specify the TABPY_PWD_FILE parameter in the TabPy configuration file with a fully qualified name:

TABPY_PWD_FILE = c:\path\to\password\file.txt

Password File

Password file is a text file containing usernames and hashed passwords per line separated by single space. For username only ASCII characters are supported. Usernames are case-insensitive.

Passwords in the password file are hashed with PBKDF2.

It is highly recommended to restrict access to the password file with hosting OS mechanisms. Ideally the file should only be accessible for reading with the account under which TabPy runs and TabPy admin account.

There is a tabpy-user-management command provided with tabpy package to operate with accounts in the password file. Run tabpy-user-management -h to see how to use it.

After making any changes to the password file, TabPy needs to be restarted.

Adding an Account

To add an account run tabpy-user-management add command providing user name, password (optional) and password file:

tabpy-user-management add -u <username> -p <password> -f <pwdfile>

If the (recommended) -p argument is not provided a password for the user name will be generated and displayed in the command line.

Updating an Account

To update the password for an account run tabpy-user-management update command:

tabpy-user-management update -u <username> -p <password> -f <pwdfile>

If the (recommended) -p agrument is not provided a password for the user name will be generated and displayed in the command line.

Deleting an Account

To delete an account open password file in any text editor and delete the line with the user name.


Logging for TabPy is implemented with Python's standard logger and can be configured as explained in Python documentation at Logging Configuration page.

A default config provided with TabPy is at tabpy-server/tabpy_server/common/default.conf and has a configuration for console and file loggers. Changing the config file allows the user to modify the log level, format of the logged messages and add or remove loggers.

Request Context Logging

For extended logging (e.g. for auditing purposes) additional logging can be turned on with setting TABPY_LOG_DETAILS configuration file parameter to true.

With the feature on additional information is logged for HTTP requests: caller ip, URL, client infomation (Tableau Desktop\Server), Tableau user name (for Tableau Server) and TabPy user name as shown in the example below:

2019-05-02,13:50:08 [INFO] ( Call ID: 934073bd-0d29-46d3-b693-b1e4b1efa9e4, Caller: ::1, Method: POST, Resource: http://localhost:9004/evaluate, Client: Postman for manual testing, Tableau user: ogolovatyi
2019-05-02,13:50:08 [DEBUG] ( Checking if need to handle authentication, <<
call ID: 934073bd-0d29-46d3-b693-b1e4b1efa9e4>>
2019-05-02,13:50:08 [DEBUG] ( Handling authentication, <<call ID: 934073bd-
2019-05-02,13:50:08 [DEBUG] ( Checking request headers for authentication d
ata, <<call ID: 934073bd-0d29-46d3-b693-b1e4b1efa9e4>>
2019-05-02,13:50:08 [DEBUG] ( Validating credentials for user name "user1",
 <<call ID: 934073bd-0d29-46d3-b693-b1e4b1efa9e4>>
2019-05-02,13:50:08 [DEBUG] ( Collecting Access-Control-Allow-Origin from state file...  
2019-05-02,13:50:08 [INFO] ( function to evaluate=def _user_script(tabpy, _
arg1, _arg2):
 res = []
 for i in range(len(_arg1)):
   res.append(_arg1[i] * _arg2[i])
 return res
, <<call ID: 934073bd-0d29-46d3-b693-b1e4b1efa9e4>>

No passwords are logged.

NOTE the request context details are logged with INFO level.

Custom Script Timeout

By default, all custom scripts executed through POST /evaluate may run for up to 30.0 s before being terminated. To configure this timeout, uncomment TABPY_EVALUATE_TIMEOUT = 30 in the default config under tabpy-server/tabpy_server/common/default.conf and replace 30 with the float value of your choice representing the timeout time in seconds, or add such an entry to your custom config.

This timeout does not apply when evaluating models either through the /query method, or using the tabpy.query(...) syntax with the /evaluate method.

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