AppSignal for Elixir load order

The AppSignal Elixir can be configured in a couple different ways. Through mix configuration or through environment variables.

The configuration is loaded in a four step process. Starting with the package defaults and ending with reading environment variables. The configuration options can be mixed without losing configuration from a different option. Using an initializer, a configuration file and environment variables together will work.

Load order

1. Package defaults

The AppSignal package starts with loading its default configuration, setting paths and enabling certain features.

The agent defaults can be found in the [package source] ( as Appsignal.Config.default_config.

This source is listed as default in the diagnose output.

2. System detected settings

The package detects what kind of system it's running on and configures itself accordingly.

For example, when it's running on Heroku it sets the configuration option :running_in_container to true and :log to "stdout".

This source is listed as system in the diagnose output.

3. Mix configuration

The AppSignal package is most commonly configured with configuration in the Mix configuration file.

# config/config.exs
# or config/prod.exs
config :appsignal, :config,
  otp_app: :appsignal_phoenix_example,
  name: "AppsignalPhoenixExample",
  push_api_key: "your-push-api-key",
  env: Mix.env,
  active: true

This step will override all given options from the defaults or system detected configuration.

This source is listed as file in the diagnose output.

4. Environment variables

Our integration will look for its configuration in environment variables. When found these will override all given configuration options from previous steps.

export APPSIGNAL_APP_NAME="AppsignalPhoenixExample"
# start your app here

This source is listed as env in the diagnose output.

5. Overrides

When all the configuration is known, our integration will do a final check to find out if the configuration doesn't contradict itself or if some defaults config options are not set.

The "override" configuration source will include those last configuration changes made by the integration. When it overrides a config option value, this value is leading.

For example, at some point we deprecated the skip_session_data option in favor of the send_session_data option. When the skip_session_data config option was configured by the app, but send_session_data was not, the integration would use the value of skip_session_data to set the send_session_data config option value.

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