Get server 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 -sSX GET -G \


This endpoint does not accept any parameters.


Return values

  • authentication_methods: Each key-value pair in the object indicates whether the authentication method is enabled on this server.

    Changes: Deprecated in Zulip 2.1, in favor of the more expressive external_authentication_methods.

    • password: Whether the user can authenticate using password.

    • dev: Whether the user can authenticate using development api key.

    • email: Whether the user can authenticate using email.

    • ldap: Whether the user can authenticate using ldap.

    • remoteuser: Whether the user can authenticate using remoteuser.

    • github: Whether the user can authenticate using their github account.

    • azuread: Whether the user can authenticate using their azuread account.

    • gitlab: Whether the user can authenticate using their gitlab account.

    • apple: Whether the user can authenticate using their apple account.

    • google: Whether the user can authenticate using their google account.

    • saml: Whether the user can authenticate using saml.

  • external_authentication_methods: A list of dictionaries describing the available external authentication methods (E.g. Google, GitHub, or SAML) enabled for this organization.

    The list is sorted in the order in which these authentication methods should be displayed.

    Changes: New in Zulip 2.1.

    • name: A unique, table, machine-readable name for the authentication method, intended to be used by clients with special behavior for specific authenatication methods to correctly identify the method.

    • display_name: Display name of the authentication method, to be used in all buttons for the authentication method.

    • display_icon: URL for an image to be displayed as an icon in all buttons for the external authentication method.

      When null, no icon should be displayed.

    • login_url: URL to be used to initiate authentication using this method.

    • signup_url: URL to be used to initiate account registration using this method.

  • zulip_version: The version of Zulip running in the server.

  • zulip_feature_level: An integer indicating what features are available on the server. The feature level increases monotonically; a value of N means the server supports all API features introduced before feature level N. This is designed to provide a simple way for client apps to decide whether the server supports a given feature or API change. See the changelog for details on what each feature level means.

    Changes. New in Zulip 3.0. We recommend using an implied value of 0 for Zulip servers that do not send this field.

  • push_notifications_enabled: Whether mobile/push notifications are enabled.

  • is_incompatible: Whether the Zulip client that has sent a request to this endpoint is deemed incompatible with the server.

  • email_auth_enabled: Setting for allowing users authenticate with an email-password combination.

  • require_email_format_usernames: Whether all valid usernames for authentication to this organization will be email addresses. This is important for clients to know whether to do client side validation of 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 URL.

  • realm_name: The organization's name (for display purposes).

  • realm_icon: The URL for the organization's logo formatted as a square image, used for identifying the organization in small locations in the mobile and desktop apps.

  • 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": {
        "azuread": false,
        "dev": true,
        "email": true,
        "github": true,
        "google": true,
        "ldap": false,
        "password": true,
        "remoteuser": false,
        "saml": true
    "email_auth_enabled": true,
    "external_authentication_methods": [
            "display_icon": null,
            "display_name": "SAML",
            "login_url": "/accounts/login/social/saml/idp_name",
            "name": "saml:idp_name",
            "signup_url": "/accounts/register/social/saml/idp_name"
            "display_icon": "/static/images/landing-page/logos/googl_e-icon.png",
            "display_name": "Google",
            "login_url": "/accounts/login/social/google",
            "name": "google",
            "signup_url": "/accounts/register/social/google"
            "display_icon": "/static/images/landing-page/logos/github-icon.png",
            "display_name": "GitHub",
            "login_url": "/accounts/login/social/github",
            "name": "github",
            "signup_url": "/accounts/register/social/github"
    "is_incompatible": false,
    "msg": "",
    "push_notifications_enabled": false,
    "realm_description": "<p>The Zulip development environment default organization.  It's great for testing!</p>",
    "realm_icon": "",
    "realm_name": "Zulip Dev",
    "realm_uri": "http://localhost:9991",
    "require_email_format_usernames": true,
    "result": "success",
    "zulip_version": "2.0.6+git"