rpk redpanda mode

This command is not supported on macOS, Windows.

Development mode

Development mode (development or dev) includes the following development-only settings:

  • Sets developer_mode to true. This starts Redpanda with dev-mode only settings, including:

    • No minimal memory limits are enforced.

    • No core assignment rules for Redpanda nodes are enforced.

    • Enables write caching, which is a relaxed mode of acks=all that acknowledges a message as soon as it is received and acknowledged on a majority of brokers, without waiting for it to fsync to disk. This provides lower latency while still ensuring that a majority of brokers acknowledge the write. For more information, or to disable this, see write caching.

    • Bypasses fsync (from Seastar option unsafe_bypass_fsync), which results in unrealistically fast clusters and may result in data loss.

  • Sets overprovisioned to true. Redpanda expects a dev system to be an overprovisioned environment. Based on a Seastar option, setting overprovisioned disables thread affinity, zeros idle polling time, and disables busy-poll for disk I/O.

  • Sets all autotuner tuners to false. The tuners are intended to run only for production mode.

Production mode

Production mode (production or prod) disables dev-mode settings:

  • developer_mode: false

  • overprovisioned: false

It also enables a set of tuners of the autotuner. For descriptions about the tuners, see Tuners in the rpk redpanda tune list command reference.

Recovery mode

Recovery mode (recovery) sets the broker configuration property recovery_mode_enabled to true. This provides a stable environment for troubleshooting and restoring a failed cluster.


rpk redpanda mode <mode> [flags]


Value Type Description

-h, --help


Help for mode.



Redpanda or rpk config file; default search paths are /var/lib/redpanda/.config/rpk/rpk.yaml, $PWD/redpanda.yaml, and /etc/redpanda/redpanda.yaml.

-X, --config-opt


Override rpk configuration settings; -X help for detail or -X list for terser detail.



Profile to use. See rpk profile for more details.

-v, --verbose


Enable verbose logging.