Repository Configuration

Last modified 20 May 2022 23:14 +02:00
This page documents only the new Native repository introduced in midPoint 4.4. For old Generic repository configuration see this page.

Configuration overview

By default, the repository configuration is stored in config.xml inside midPoint home directory, also known as midpoint.home.

This directory will be created upon the very first start of midPoint. For historical and convenience reasons the default generated config.xml is preconfigured for the Generic repository using embedded H2 database.

To enable new Native repository, the following steps are necessary:

  1. Prepare PostgreSQL database as described in Using Native PostgreSQL Repository.

  2. Change the config.xml to use the Native repository.

And that’s it - now you can run midPoint with the Native repository!

See the file doc/config/config-native.xml provided in the distribution archive for an example of simple Native repository configuration. You can also see it online here. If you use this example, don’t forget to rename it to config.xml after dropping it to midpoint.home.

But let’s elaborate a bit about the config.xml changes:

  • You can start with the generated config.xml. Open it, remove the configuration for H2 and uncomment the repository and audit configuration prepared in the comments.

  • Don’t forget to change the audit factory class, again, the proper value is provided in the comments. See Native PostgreSQL Audit Trail

  • Customize connection to the database using jdbcUrl and other basic configuration options show below.

Configuring large-scale setup with multiple midPoint nodes requires more effort:

  • Check the Clustering / high availability setup documentation for how to set up multiple midPoint nodes.

  • Tips about configuring the database server can be found here.

  • See also advanced repository options described in the tables below.

Configuration options

Basic connection options

The following table lists the basic configuration options for the repository element:

Option Description Default


URL for JDBC connection. This must be used and can optionally conatain username and password. See Connecting to the Database from PostgreSQL JDBC Driver documentation for more.



Username for JDBC connection. Can be empty, if username is not needed or provided in JDBC URL or otherwise.

Example: midpoint


Password for JDBC connection. Can be empty, if password is not needed or provided in JDBC URL or otherwise.

Example: password


Ignored by the Native repository and cannot be changed - do not use it.



Ignored by the Native repository and cannot be changed - do not use it.



Uses JNDI DataSource loading, when this option is defined in configuration. This is only relevant for WAR deployment which is not recommended anyway. jdbcUrl, jdbcUsername, jdbcPassword, and driverClassName is ignored and should not be used. Example: <dataSource>java:comp/env/jdbc/midpoint</dataSource>

WARNING: This is obsolete functionality that is no longer supported or maintained. It is relevant only for WAR deployments on Tomcat and even there we recommend using explicit configuration using options above.

Using empty username and password

It is possible to connect to the database without specifying password or username or both. Examples are:

  • Providing the username and password in JDBC URL.

  • Using PostgreSQL trust authentication - though this is definitely not recommended for serious deployments.

Simply skip configuration elements jdbcUsername and jdbcPassword. If everything is configured as expected, connection will be successful, otherwise JDBC driver will throw an exception and midPoint will not start.

Other connection pool options

All these options are optional, but can be used to fine-tune the repository setup.

MidPoint uses HikariCP as a connection pool (version 4.x). Detailed descriptions of connection pool related options can be found in Hikari configuration documentation. Names used below are the same as names used in HikariCP unless stated otherwise in the description.

All time values are in milliseconds (ms).

Option Description Default


Minimal # of connections in connection pool, if connection pool is not provided through dataSource.

This option is called minimumIdle in HikariCP. It is always set by midPoint, so HikariCP default is never used.

The value cannot be lower than 2 for midPoint, and - if set so, minimum value 2 will be used.



Maximum # of connections in connection pool, if connection pool is not provided through dataSource. Please, be aware that for the multi-node setup the total number of connections must not go above the max_connections in the Postgres configuration, so this is a good default only up to 2 nodes. See PostgreSQL Configuration for more tips.

When midPoint needs another connection from the pool it will wait for it. The time is determined by the default value for HikariCP connectionTimeout option, which is 30s. Currently, this cannot be changed in midPoint config, but it is a reasonable time. But if the pool is oversized and HikariCP asks for the connection from the DB, and there is no free connection available, the request fails immediately.

It is better to lower the pool size on the nodes to that case. Don’t raise the max_connections in PostgreSQL without testing it first! It has far-reaching consequences and can actually hurt performance badly.

This option is called maximumPoolSize in HikariCP. It is always set by midPoint, so HikariCP default is never used.

This value cannot be lower than minPoolSize - if set so, effective minPoolSize value is used.



Time after which the connection is retired from the pool. This should be lower than any connection time limit used by the DB or the network infrasctructure.

The minimum allowed value is 30000ms (30 seconds).

none, HikariCP sets 1800000 (30 minutes) by default


Time after which an idle connection may be retired if current number of connections is higher than minPoolSize.

The minimum allowed value is 10000ms (10 seconds).

none, HikariCP sets 600000 (10 minutes) by default


Controls the frequency for keepalive check on idle connections. Keepalive ping contacts the DB backend, so it can prevent connection failures if some network infrastructure drops idle connections.

The minimum allowed value is 30000ms (30 seconds), 0 disables this feature.

none, HikariCP sets 0 (disabled)


If the connection is out of the pool (used by the application) for longer than the threshold, the message is logged to indicate possible connection leak, including the stacktrace where the connection was obtained.

The minimum allowed value is 2000 (2 seconds), 0 disables this feature.

none, HikariCP sets 0 (disabled)


Hikari pool initialization failure timeout, in milliseconds. It is there to allow midPoint to wait until the repository is up and running and therefore to avoid failing prematurely.


Other repository configuration options

Option Description Default


Property specifies format (language) used to store serialized object representation into m_object.fullObject and other columns storing serialized object or container representation. Supported values are json and xml. This is safe to change any time, objects are read properly regardless of the format they are stored in.



The size of the "page" for iterative search, that is the maximum number of results returned by a single iteration. This is a rather internal setting and the default value is reasonable balance between query overhead and time to process the results.

It can be raised if the iterative search overhead (executing the select) is too high compared to the time used for processing the page results.



Duration in millis after which the query is logged by com.evolveum.midpoint.repo.sqlbase.querydsl.SqlLogger on the WARN level, including the provided parameters.

0 (disabled)

There are no options for compression as this is left to PostgreSQL. This also makes the inspection of the values in the columns easier.

Example config.xml

One example is the configuration file config-native.xml which is included in the distribution under doc/config. You can also see it online here. If you use this example, don’t forget to rename it to config.xml after dropping it to midpoint.home.

Another example is here.

Example config.xml for Native repository
<?xml version="1.0"?>
            <type>native</type> (1)
            <auditService> (2)
  1. The main difference when comparing it to the old repository is using the type element instead of repositoryServiceFactoryClass which does not work for new repository anymore. Set the value of type element to native (values sqale or scale are also supported). Do not use sql which indicates old repo!

  2. Native repository comes with native SQL audit, so we need to change the audit factory class in auditServiceFactoryClass element from old repository value containing …​SqlAuditServiceFactory to com.evolveum.midpoint.repo.sqale.audit.SqaleAuditServiceFactory.

With this config.xml you can start midPoint as usual.

The setup for the new repo is also available in the config.xml automatically generated when the midPoint starts for the first time - it’s just commented out. Stop the midPoint, remove the created H2 database files, adjust the config file and start the midPoint again. However, using the provided config-native.xml from doc/config is probably easier, just rename it properly.

Of course, you still need the installed and prepared PostgreSQL database!