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v0.39.2 / Administration Guide / 08 Configuration Settings

General settings

This section contains settings for your whole instance, like its URL, the reporting timezone, and toggles for disabling or enabling some of Metabase’s optional features.

You can configure these settings in the General section of the Settings tab in the Admin Panel.

Site Name

How you’d like to refer to this instance of Metabase.

Site URL

The base URL of this Metabase instance. The base URL is used in emails to allow users to click through to their specific instance. Make sure to include http:// or https:// to make sure it’s reachable.

Redirect to HTTPS

Force all traffic to use HTTPS via redirect, if the site can serve over HTTPS.

Default: disabled.

For example, if you are serving your Metabase application at “example.com”, and you enable HTTPS redirect, when a user enters an address like “example.com/data” in their browser’s address bar, the user will be automatically redirected to a secure connection at “https://example.com/data”.

Note: if you haven’t set up HTTPS on your server, Metabase will not let you enable HTTPS redirect. Instead, you’ll get a warning saying “It looks like HTTPS is not properly configured.”

Email Address for Help Requests

This email address will be displayed in various messages throughout Metabase when users encounter a scenario where they need assistance from an admin, such as a password reset request.

Report Timezone

The report timezone sets the default time zone for displaying times. The timezone is used when breaking out data by dates.

Setting the default timezone will not change the timezone of any data in your database. If the underlying times in your database aren’t assigned to a timezone, Metabase will use the report timezone as the default timezone.

Anonymous Tracking

This option turns determines whether or not you allow anonymous data about your usage of Metabase to be sent back to us to help us improve the product. Your database’s data is never tracked or sent.

Enable X-rays

X-rays are a great way to allow your users to quickly explore your data or interesting parts of charts, or to see a comparison of different things. But if you’re dealing with data sources where allowing users to run x-rays on them would incur burdonsome performance or monetary costs, you can turn them off here.

Enabled Nested Queries

By default, Metabase allows your users to use a previously saved question as a source for queries. If you have a lot of slow running queries, you may want to switch this option off, as performance problem can occur.

Friendly Table and Field Names

By default, Metabase attempts to make field and table names more readable by changing things like somehorriblename to Some Horrible Name. This does not work well for languages other than English, or for fields that have lots of abbreviations or codes in them. If you’d like to turn this setting off, you can do so from the Admin Panel under Settings > General > Friendly Table and Field Names.

To manually fix field or table names if they still look wrong, you can go to the Metadata section of the Admin Panel, select the database that contains the table or field you want to edit, select the table, and then edit the name(s) in the input boxes that appear.


Next: Formatting data

Customize the default language for Metabase, as well as how numbers, dates, times, and currencies should be displayed in Metabase with formatting settings.