# Set up an environment-based configuration

Abstract

How to set up a folder with environment-specific configuration files on an XP installation.

To set up an environment-based configuration:

1. Create a folder for each of your environments under the <your-xp-role>/App_Data/config folder. The following example includes the two environment specific folders production and development:

2. Add environment-specific configuration files to your folders. Configuration files must start with sc. and end with .xml.

### Note

You do not need to use the same subfolder structure as the <your-xp-role>/App_Data/Config/Sitecore folder.

3. To activate the configuration files for a specific environment, set the configurationEnvironment variable in the <your-xp-role>/App_Data/AppSettings.config file. For example, this code enables the files in the development folder:

 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<appSettings>
</appSettings>