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Configure Kivy

The configuration file for kivy is named config.ini, and adheres to the standard INI format.

Locating the configuration file

The location of the configuration file is controlled by the environment variable KIVY_HOME:


On desktop, this defaults to:


Therefore, if your user is named “tito”, the file will be here:

  • Windows: C:\Users\tito\.kivy\config.ini

  • macOS: /Users/tito/.kivy/config.ini

  • Linux: /home/tito/.kivy/config.ini

On Android, this defaults to:


If your app is named “org.kivy.launcher”, the file will be here:


On iOS, this defaults to:


Local configuration

Sometimes it’s desired to change configuration only for certain applications or during testing of a separate part of Kivy for example input providers. To create a separate configuration file you can simply use these commands:

from kivy.config import Config<file>)
# set config

When a local configuration of single .ini file isn’t enough, e.g. when you want to have separate environment for garden, kivy logs and other things, you’ll need to change the KIVY_HOME environment variable in your application to get desired result:

import os
os.environ['KIVY_HOME'] = <folder>

or before each run of the application change it manually in the console:

  1. Windows:

    set KIVY_HOME=<folder>
  2. Linux & OSX:

    export KIVY_HOME=<folder>

After the change of KIVY_HOME, the folder will behave exactly the same as the default .kivy/ folder mentioned above.

Understanding config tokens

All the configuration tokens are explained in the kivy.config module.