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Per-User Configuration

There’s a lot of flexibility when it comes to the RBTools setup. You can provide your own defaults for nearly all RBTools command options, and can define custom aliases to improve your workflows.

Like with repository configuration, these settings are stored in a .reviewboardrc file. These can go in the repository’s own version of the file, if these options should apply to all users by default. Otherwise, they can go in the .reviewboardrc in your home directory.

On Linux and MacOS X, this file can be found in your home directory.

On Windows, it’s in $USERPROFILE\Local Settings\Application Data.

If you need to override repository-wide settings for yourself, you can set $RBTOOLS_CONFIG_PATH to a list of paths, separated by colons (Linux, Mac OS X) or semicolons (Windows). These paths are searched first for .reviewboardrc files.

Custom Option Defaults

Most options to RBTools commands allow for custom defaults. Each command has documentation on what to set to change the default.

For instance, if you look at the post documentation, you’ll see that you can automatically open your browser when posting a review request by setting:


Or, you can disable usage of your HTTP proxy on any command by setting:


Check out the documentation for the different commands to see what you can do.


rbt can be configured to add command aliases. The ALIASES value in .reviewboardrc can be added to allow for command aliasing. It is a dictionary where the keys are the alias names and the value is the command that will be executed.

Aliases will only be executed when an rbt command is executed that rbt does not recognize and when rbt-<commandname> does not exist in the path. Aliases are case-sensitive.

For example, consider the following aliases:

    'post-this': 'post HEAD',
    'push': '!git push && rbt close $1'

The following commands are equivalent:

$ rbt post-this
$ rbt post HEAD

As are the following:

$ rbt push 3351
$ git push && rbt close 3351

Types of Aliases

There are two types of aliases: aliases for other rbt commands and system aliases.

Aliases For Other rbt Commands

These aliases allow short forms for frequently used rbt commands with parameter substitution. An alias of the form cmd is equivalent to calling rbt cmd. This will launch another instance of rbt and therefore can be used to reference other aliases or commands of the form rbt-<commandname>.

System Command Aliases

System aliases are aliases that begin with !. These aliases are more flexible because they are executed by the shell. However, since they are more powerful it is possible to write an alias that will destroy data. Everything after the ! will be passed to the shell for execution after going through parameter substitution.

Positional Parameter Substitution

Aliases in rbt supports inserting bash-like variables representing positional arguments into aliases. Positional variables take the form $1 (which corresponds to the first argument), $2 (which corresponds to the second argument), etc., and $* (which corresponds to all arguments).

If a positional variable is specified and not enough arguments were specified, it will be replaced with an empty argument.

If no parameter substitution is performed, all supplied arguments will be appended to the command when it is executed. Non-numeric variables are not replaced in the parameter and, if the alias is a system command alias, will be handled by the shell.

Special Files


The rbt command stores its login session in a cookies file called ~/.rbtools-cookies. To force RBTools to log in again, simply delete this file.

If the file is missing, RBTools will check for a legacy ~/.post-review-cookies.txt file. This is for compatibility with the old post-review command.

Cache Database

The rbt command stores cached API request responses in a SQLite database in a cache directory. This is to reduce the time it takes to perform certain API requests.

On MacOS X, this is in ~/Library/Caches/rbtools/apicache.db.

On Linux, this is in ~/.cache/.rbtools/apicache.db.

On Windows, this is in %APPDATA%\rbtools\rbtools\apicache.db.

To delete the cache, either remove this file, or call rbt clear-cache.