Configsets API

The Configsets API enables you to upload new configsets to ZooKeeper, create, and delete configsets when Solr is running SolrCloud mode.

Configsets are a collection of configuration files such as solrconfig.xml, synonyms.txt, the schema, language-specific files, DIH-related configuration, and other collection-level configuration files (everything that normally lives in the conf directory). Solr ships with two example configsets (_default and sample_techproducts_configs) which can be used when creating collections. Using the same concept, you can create your own configsets and make them available when creating collections.

This API provides a way to upload configuration files to ZooKeeper and share the same set of configuration files between two or more collections.

Once a configset has been uploaded to ZooKeeper, use the configset name when creating the collection with the Collections API and the collection will use your configuration files.

Configsets do not have to be shared between collections if they are uploaded with this API, but this API makes it easier to do so if you wish. An alternative to uploading your configsets in advance would be to put the configuration files into a directory under server/solr/configsets and using the directory name as the -d parameter when using bin/solr create to create a collection.

This API can only be used with Solr running in SolrCloud mode. If you are not running Solr in SolrCloud mode but would still like to use shared configurations, please see the section Configsets.

The API works by passing commands to the configs endpoint. The path to the endpoint varies depending on the API being used: the v1 API uses solr/admin/configs, while the v2 API uses api/cluster/configs. Examples of both types are provided below.

List Configsets

The list command fetches the names of the configsets that are available for use during collection creation.


With the v1 API, the list command must be capitalized as LIST:



With the v2 API, the list command is implied when there is no data sent with the request.


The output will look like:

  "configSets": [

Upload a Configset

Upload a configset, which is sent as a zipped file.

This functionality is enabled by default, but can be disabled via a runtime parameter -Dconfigset.upload.enabled=false. Disabling this feature is advisable if you want to expose Solr installation to untrusted users (even though you should never do that!).

A configset is uploaded in a "trusted" mode if authentication is enabled and the upload operation is performed as an authenticated request. Without authentication, a configset is uploaded in an "untrusted" mode. Upon creation of a collection using an "untrusted" configset, the following functionality will not work:

  • If specified in the configset, the DataImportHandler’s ScriptTransformer will not initialize.

  • The XSLT transformer (tr parameter) cannot be used at request processing time.

  • If specified in the configset, the StatelessScriptUpdateProcessor will not initialize.

  • Collections won’t initialize if <lib> directives are used in the configset. (Note: Libraries added to Solr’s classpath don’t need the <lib> directive)

If you use any of these parameters or features, you must have enabled security features in your Solr installation and you must upload the configset as an authenticated user.

The upload command takes one parameter:

The configset to be created when the upload is complete. This parameter is required.

The body of the request should be a zip file that contains the configset. The zip file must be created from within the conf directory (i.e., solrconfig.xml must be the top level entry in the zip file).

Here is an example on how to create the zip file named "" and upload it as a configset named "myConfigSet":

$ (cd solr/server/solr/configsets/sample_techproducts_configs/conf && zip -r - *) >

$ curl -X POST --header "Content-Type:application/octet-stream" --data-binary "http://localhost:8983/solr/admin/configs?action=UPLOAD&name=myConfigSet"

The same can be achieved using a Unix pipe with a single request as follows:

$ (cd server/solr/configsets/sample_techproducts_configs/conf && zip -r - *) | curl -X POST --header "Content-Type:application/octet-stream" --data-binary @- "http://localhost:8983/solr/admin/configs?action=UPLOAD&name=myConfigSet"
The UPLOAD command does not yet have a v2 equivalent API.

Create a Configset

The create command creates a new configset based on a configset that has been previously uploaded.

If you have not yet uploaded any configsets, see the Upload a Configset command above.

The following parameters are supported when creating a configset.

The configset to be created. This parameter is required.
The name of the configset to copy as a base. This defaults to _default
A configset property from the base configset to override in the copied configset.

For example, to create a configset named "myConfigset" based on a previously defined "predefinedTemplate" configset, overriding the immutable property to false.


With the v1 API, the create command must be capitalized as CREATE:



With the v2 API, the create command is provided as part of the JSON data that contains the required parameters:

curl -X POST -H 'Content-type: application/json' -d '{
    "name": "myConfigSet",
    "baseConfigSet": "predefinedTemplate",
    "configSetProp.immutable": "false"}}'


  <lst name="responseHeader">
    <int name="status">0</int>
    <int name="QTime">323</int>

Delete a Configset

The delete command removes a configset. It does not remove any collections that were created with the configset.

The configset to be deleted. This parameter is required.

To delete a configset named "myConfigSet":


With the v1 API, the delete command must be capitalized as DELETE. The name of the configset to delete is provided with the name parameter:



With the v2 API, the delete command is provided as the request method, as in -X DELETE. The name of the configset to delete is provided as a path parameter:

curl -X DELETE http://localhost:8983/api/cluster/configs/myConfigSet?omitHeader=true


  <lst name="responseHeader">
    <int name="status">0</int>
    <int name="QTime">170</int>