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ConfigDirective v1.0.0

By Byrne Reese
Posted October 29, 2013, in MT Tags, Templates, Widgets.


This plugin adds a <mt:ConfigDirective> tag to Movable Type. You can use it to display the value of any configuration directive found in the mt-config.cgi file.


<mt:ConfigDirective name=”SearchThrottleSeconds”>

WARNING: Theoretically this can also be used to display your database password and other sensitive settings. So don’t install/use this plugin if untrustworthy people have access to the template settings of your system.


This plugin should work under MT4.x and MT5.x


Unpack and copy the ConfigDirective folder into the ‘plugins’ folder of your MT installation


<mt:ConfigDirective name=”NAMEOFDIRECTIVE”>

License & Credit

It is only 12 lines of Perl code (blank lines included) and a configuration file, but still…

This plugin was written by Maarten Schenk ( of and in 2012. You are free to use this plugin on your Movable Type installation for any purpose provided you leave this message intact.


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Jay Allen

Jay Allen on November 28, 2014, 11:37 a.m. Reply

FWIW, this plugin is completely unnecessary as you can do the same using the (undocumented…ahem) syntax (case insensitive btw):

<mt:var name="config.SearchThrottleSeconds">

Works with everything but directives with the substring ‘password’.

Braydon Stanley

Braydon Stanley on May 25, 2017, 4:07 p.m. Reply

Hi Jay, do you think this stills works? I tried doing what you said with and I didn’t get it to work. When I use this plug in it will work. But not without. Here you can see what I mean, I have it activated here, but it is not showing up. Please tell me what I am doing wrong. Thanks for your help.


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Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese was previously the Product Manager of Movable Type at Six Apart, where he had also held positions as the Manager of Platform Technology and Product Manager for TypePad. Byrne is a huge supporter of the Movable Type user and developer community. He dedicates much of his time to promoting and educating people about Movable Type as well as building the tools and plugins for Movable Type that are showcased on Majordojo. He contributes regularly to open source; and he is an advocate for open protocols and standards like Atom and OpenID.