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Policy settings

Policy behaviour is not set in stone, it can be configured by providing configuration details to the policy at runtime. The policy author has full freedom to define the structure of the policy settings.

Kubewarden takes care of serializing the policy settings into JSON and provide them to the policy every time it is invoked.

Settings validation

Some policies might want to validate the settings a user provides to ensure they are correct.

Each policy must register a waPC function called validate_settings that takes care of validating the policy settings.

The validate_settings function receives as input a JSON representation of the settings provided by the user. The function validates them and returns as a response a SettingsValidationResponse object.

The structure of the SettingsValidationResponse object is the following one:

# mandatory
"valid": <boolean>,

# optional, ignored if accepted - recommended for rejections
"message": <string>,

If the user provided settings are valid, the contents of message are ignored. Otherwise the contents of message are shown to the user.


Kubewarden's policy-server validates all the policy settings provided by users at start time. The policy-server exits immediately with an error if at least one of its policies received wrong configuration parameters.


Let's take as an example the psp-capabilities policy which has the following configuration format:




The validate_settings function will receive as input the following JSON document:

"allowed_capabilities": [
"required_drop_capabilities": [
"default_add_capabilities": [


Each policy must register a waPC function called validate_settings that has the following API: