Get global settings

Fetch global settings for a Zulip server.


Note: this endpoint does not require any authentication at all, and you can use it to check:

  • If this is a Zulip server, and if so, what version of Zulip it's running.
  • What a Zulip client (e.g. a mobile app or zulip-terminal) needs to know in order to display a login prompt for the server (e.g. what authentication methods are available).

Usage examples

#!/usr/bin/env python3

import zulip

# Pass the path to your zuliprc file here.
client = zulip.Client(config_file="~/zuliprc")

# Fetch the settings for this server
result = client.get_server_settings()

curl \


This endpoint does not consume any arguments.


Return values

  • authentication_methods: object in which each key-value pair in the object indicates whether the authentication method is enabled on this server.
  • zulip_version: the version of Zulip running in the server.
  • push_notifications_enabled: whether mobile/push notifications are enabled.
  • email_auth_enabled: setting for allowing users authenticate with an email-password combination.
  • require_email_format_usernames: whether usernames should have an email address format. This is important for clients to know whether the validate email address format in a login prompt; this value will be false if the server has LDAP authentication enabled with a username and password combination.
  • realm_uri: the organization's canonical URI.
  • realm_name: the organization's name (for display purposes).
  • realm_icon: the URI of the organization's logo as a square image, used for identifying the organization in small locations in the mobile and desktop apps.
  • realm_logo: the URI of the organization's logo as a horizontal format image (displayed in the top-left corner of the logged-in webapp).
  • realm_night_logo: the URI of the organization's logo in the night mode as a horizontal format image (dispalyed in the top-left corner of the logged-in webapp).
  • realm_description: HTML description of the organization, as configured by the organization profile.

Please note that not all of these attributes are guaranteed to appear in a response, for two reasons:

  • This endpoint has evolved over time, so responses from older Zulip servers might be missing some keys (in which case a client should assume the appropriate default).
  • If a /server_settings request is made to the root domain of a multi-subdomain server, like the root domain of, the settings that are realm-specific are not known and thus not provided.

Example response

A typical successful JSON response for a single-organization server may look like:

    "authentication_methods": {
        "dev": true,
        "email": true,
        "github": true,
        "google": true,
        "ldap": false,
        "password": true,
        "remoteuser": false
    "email_auth_enabled": true,
    "msg": "",
    "push_notifications_enabled": false,
    "realm_description": "<p>The Zulip development environment default organization.  It's great for testing!</p>",
    "realm_icon": "",
    "realm_logo": "/static/images/logo/zulip-org-logo.png",
    "realm_name": "Zulip Dev",
    "realm_night_logo": "static/images/logo/zulip-org-logo.png",
    "realm_uri": "http://localhost:9991",
    "require_email_format_usernames": true,
    "result": "success",
    "zulip_version": "1.9.0-rc1+git"