Hiveconf - a UNIX configuration framework


Hiveconf is a system for storing configuration data (key-value pairs). The purpose is similiar to the Windows registry or GConf. Configuration data can be retrieved and modifyed via a simple API. The data is stored using different "backends". The default backend is using a text file format, similiar to smb.conf or Windows .INI files.


A Python implementation exists.


An overview is available online.

The Hiveconf documentation is included in the software releases, but also available at


Help is always appreciated. Contact me if you want to join the project.


The project has migrated to Github.


There is a Bugzilla at, which can be used for reporting bugs.

You can reach me via astrand at lysator dot liu dot se.

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