Apache NiFi Security Reference
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Security Configuration

NiFi provides several different configuration options for security purposes. The most important properties are those under the "security properties" heading in the nifi.properties file. In order to run securely, the following properties must be set:

Property Name Description


The password for the Truststore.


Filename of the Keystore that contains the server's private key.


The type of Keystore. Must be either PKCS12 or JKS. JKS is the preferred type, PKCS12 files will be loaded with BouncyCastle provider.


The password for the Keystore.


The password for the certificate in the Keystore. If not set, the value of nifi.security.keystorePasswd will be used.


Filename of the Truststore that will be used to authorize those connecting to NiFi. A secured instance with no Truststore will refuse all incoming connections.


The type of the Truststore. Must be either PKCS12 or JKS. JKS is the preferred type, PKCS12 files will be loaded with BouncyCastle provider.

Once the above properties have been configured, we can enable the User Interface to be accessed over HTTPS instead of HTTP. This is accomplished by setting the nifi.web.https.host and nifi.web.https.port properties. The nifi.web.https.host property indicates which hostname the server should run on. If it is desired that the HTTPS interface be accessible from all network interfaces, a value of should be used. To allow admins to configure the application to run only on specific network interfaces, nifi.web.http.network.interface* or nifi.web.https.network.interface* properties can be specified.

It is important when enabling HTTPS that the nifi.web.http.port property be unset. NiFi only supports running on HTTP or HTTPS, not both simultaneously.

NiFi's web server will REQUIRE certificate based client authentication for users accessing the User Interface when not configured with an alternative authentication mechanism which would require one way SSL (for instance LDAP, OpenId Connect, etc). Enabling an alternative authentication mechanism will configure the web server to WANT certificate base client authentication. This will allow it to support users with certificates and those without that may be logging in with credentials. See User Authentication for more details.

Now that the User Interface has been secured, we can easily secure Site-to-Site connections and inner-cluster communications, as well. This is accomplished by setting the nifi.remote.input.secure and nifi.cluster.protocol.is.secure properties, respectively, to true. These communications will always REQUIRE two way SSL as the nodes will use their configured keystore/truststore for authentication.