Configuration file

Most features and configuration options should be obvious from the graphical user interface, but some are a bit hidden. For example, while Pumpa doesn't support multiple accounts, you can always start it with a different configuration file (which can specify another account for example) like this:

./pumpa -c path_to_alternative.conf

If you are setting up a new account you can give the path to a non-existent conf-file and Pumpa will run the setup wizard and create the conf-file for you with the name you specified.

The location of the default configuration file depends on Qt, which tries to pick a location that makes sense for your operating system. E.g. in GNU/Linux systems it is typically in:


Most configuration options are exposed via the preferences dialog in Pumpa, except for a few "hidden" settings described below.

The link colour is supposed to be automatically set by the theme settings of your desktop environment, but several people requested a way to override this.

You can add a line like this under the [%General] section in the configuration file:


The text after the equals sign can be any text string that Qt can parse as a colour. Yes I know colour is spelt wrong in the config name :-)

Replying on comments

The protocol allows clients to make replies directly to comments (as opposed to replies to full posts). This feature allows deep threading, since you may have a reply to a post, then a reply to to that comment and so on. Because the web UI doesn't support displaying these Pumpa goes to some lengths to always place the reply to the original full post. Some people have still requested the ability to reply to comments. This is really not recommended at the moment since these will be invisible in threads shown in the web UI. But here's the option if you really want it (again in the [%General] section):