Page overview

Admin Dashboard

General Tab

Port and Logging level

There are a multitude of settings that can be changed. The Port and Logging Level require a manual restart of the server to take effect.

Days of Backup

The number of backups to maintain. Default is 30, minimum is 1, maximum is 30.

Cache directory

The cache directory is where temporary files will be placed, for example, when a user reads a file, the file is usually cached or the output of processing is placed in this directory. Kavita will clear this out regularly.

Stats Collection

By default, Kavita will collect stats on your installation.

You can opt out at any time by turning off "Send Data" from the Admin Dashboard.

All data is anonymized and contains no information about your filenames or IP.

The Kavita team actively uses this data to help design the UX and plan enhancements. If you chose to remain opted-in, thank you. It really helps in the design and planning effort. You can see exactly what data we collect here.

Enable Swagger UI

This is a development setting. Only enable if you need to access kavita api documentation.

Enabling it requires a restart.

You can now access swagger page on http://<your kavita ip>:5000/swagger

Enable OPDS support

You can enable OPDS for your Server here. See this page for how it works.

Users Tab

From the Users Tab, admins can see the pending invites to their server and their active users.

They can quickly see information around them and modify their password, delete the user, or edit their library access or roles.

An admin cannot use this screen to modify their own roles (admin role will always have all applicable permissions) or library access (admin always has full access).

An admin can use the user settings page to change their password.

Libraries Tab

Adding and Editing Libraries is covered here.


From the Media Tab, admins can set server-wide settings for media. As of v0.5.6, the only setting is Using WebP for Bookmarks. WebP offers impressive compression and performance with the only draw back of limited support on older iOS devices.

Note: Turning this setting on/off will not do a conversion. When turned on, use Tasks tab to run the conversion job for all existing Bookmarks.


In this tab, you can configure the email service Kavita uses for Send To device, User registration, and Forgot Password. By default, Kavita uses an out of the box solution hosted by Kavita's developer. This is an email account which is not maintained and emails are deleted automatically. However, if you want to run your own instance, you can, by following the instructions here.


In this tab, you can download logs, backup the database, check for updates, and manually Clear Cache.

You can also specify when you want the library to scan itself and make backups.

System Cache is cleared automatically after a Library Scan and as a system function each night.

Note: Manually clearing system cache while other users are reading on Kavita will incur a one-time loading during the reading experience.

Remove want to read

Kavita will remove any series from a user's want to read list, where the series has the Publication Status Completed (this implies everything is within kavita and no more issues will be released) and the user has fully read the series.

Checking For Updates

Kavita offers a quick way to see if a new version is available. From the Tasks tab, click Check for Update. A modal will appear if an update is available where you can read the new features and fixes and click Download to open Github and download the updated version. If you are on Docker, there is no Download button. Please pull the latest image yourself.


System Tab

Under the System Tab, admins can track what version Kavita is running

Under the More Info section are links to Kavita-related websites. Donations are very appreciated and directly support development and web hosting.
If you need to report an issue please visit the GitHub page.
If Kavita is missing a function please visit the Feature Request link and make a new request, or vote on one you support.

User Settings

To access the user settings page, which holds the all settings for the logged-in user, you can use the nav bar dropdown on your username and select "User Settings". These settings apply to the logged-in user and will not affect any other user. img.png


In this section, the user can configure site-wide preferences like default how the chapters/volumes are displayed (cards/list) or to blur the summaries descriptions.

Reading Settings

In the reading section, you will find all the options for the manga reader and the book reader. You can customize these as you like and they will apply on any of your devices. You can read more about each reader's setting here (manga) and here (book).


The logged-in user can change their password from this screen.

3rd Party clients

Kavita provides multiple ways to connect to your server from external applications. You can find them below:

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As of v0.5.2 Kavita allows for custom themes. We have opened up some elements to change via CSS variables. Please read the Themes page below for further info: