Security Considerations

Information on how to making your installation more secure


You should NOT run Navidrome as root. Ideally you should have it running under its own user. Navidrome only needs read-only access to the Music Folder, and read-write permissions to the Data Folder

Network configuration

Even though Navidrome comes with an embedded, full-featured HTTP server, you should seriously consider running it behind a reverse proxy (Ex: Caddy, Nginx, Traefik, Apache) for added security, including setting up SSL. There are tons of good resources on the web on how to properly setup a reverse proxy.

When using Navidrome in such configuration, you may want to prevent Navidrome from listening to all IPs configured in your computer, and only listen to localhost. This can be achieved by setting the Address flag to localhost

Transcoding configuration

To configure transcoding, Navidrome’s WebUI provide a screen that allows you to edit existing transcoding configurations and to add new ones. That is similar to other music servers available in the market that provide transcoding on-demand.

The issue with this is that it potentially allows an attacker to run any command in your server. This married with the fact that some Navidrome installations don’t use SSL and/or run it as a super-user (root or Administrator), is a recipe for disaster!

In an effort to make Navidrome as secure as possible, we decided to disable the transcoding configuration editing in the UI by default. If you need to edit it (add or change a configuration), start Navidrome with the ND_ENABLETRANSCODINGCONFIG set to true. After doing your changes, don’t forget to remove this option or set it to false.

Login limit rating

To protect against brute-force attacks, Navidrome is configured by default with a login rate limiter, It uses a Sliding Window algorithm to block too many consecutive login attempts. This can be configured using the flags AuthRequestLimit and AuthWindowLength and can be disabled by setting AuthRequestLimit to 0, though it is not recommended.

Last modified July 22, 2020: Better wording (f634887)