Command line arguments

A subset of configuration options can be provided through the command line. Command line properties take precedence over properties set in the configuration file and system properties (-Dproperty=value).

Command line parameter Configuration property Default Description
-p <port>
Port 80 The port number that FitNesse listens to. The default is 80 because this is the port that internet browsers use by default. If your machine already has a web server running, it will be using port 80, so FitNesse should be set up to use a different port, like 8080.
java -jar fitnesse-standalone.jar -p 8080
-d <path> 
RootPath . The directory in which FitNesse expects to find its page root. It defaults to the current directory ('.').
-r <path> 
FitNesseRoot FitNesseRoot The directory in which FitNesse looks for top level pages.
LogLevel=verbose normal Set the system log level to verbose.
-l <path> 
LogDirectory no logging If this argument is not present, then FitNesse will not create access log files. Otherwise it will create access log files in the specified directory. See Log Files. Please note that access logging is different from system logging.
-e <days> 
VersionsController.days 14 Sets the expiration date for page versions. Any page version older that the number of days specified by this argument are considered to have expired. Expired pages are subject to deletion. Just when they are deleted is not specified.
OmittingUpdates install updates When a new version of FitNesse is run for the first time, it checks the existing environment to see if any changes need to be made in order for the existing environment to be compatible with the new version of FitNesse. For example, if we change the icon on the upper right, FitNesse might go to the site and automatically download the new icon. Or if the format of the properties files, or of the wikipages changes, FitNesse might run through all the existing pages and update their format. This process is called updating. Sometimes you don't want updating to take place. If so, then use the -o argument to disable updating.
-a authentication-parameter
Credentials none Enable authentication.
If the authentication-parameter is of the form "username:password" then single user authentication is enabled, and just that one user will be known to the system.
If the authentication-parameter is of the form "filename" then the file will be read. It will consist of any number of lines of the form username:password and all those users will be known to the system. See Password File for more information
InstallOnly no Install only, do not run fitnesse after install.
-c <command>
Command none Run a Rest Command and then exit. You can find more information on the -c options at Restful Services.
-b <filename>
RedirectOutput stdout redirect command output. This is most useful in conjunction with the -c option
-f <config file>
n.a. Load an alternative configuration file. The file format adhere's to the java standard of property files. If this option is not provided, the default file will be loaded if it exists.

Java system properties

Some system properties can be used to control and/or to configure FitNesse (-Dproperty=value):

System property Description
If you are using Slim, you can also pass in -Dslim.port to hard code the port that the Slim server uses, or configure slim.port in the configuration file. This can be used in conjunction with Jenkins Port Allocator Plugin or the reserver-network-port mojo of the Maven build-helper plugin.
If this property is set to true, then the SystemExitSecurityManager is activated to catch System.exit() calls and prevent them from terminating the VM. Default is set to true.

See also: Configuration File.