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Environment Variables

You can pass environment variables into your workspace.

User-Specific Environment Variables

Gitpod supports encrypted, user-specific environment variables. They are stored as part of your user settings and can be used to to set access tokens, or pass any other kind of user-specific information to your workspaces.

Using the command line: gp env

The gp CLI print and modify the persistent environment variables associated with your user for the current repository.

To set the persistent environment variable foo to the value bar use:

gp env foo=bar

Beware that this does not modify your current terminal session, but rather persists this variable for the next workspace on this repository. gp can only interact with the persistent environment variables for this repository, not the environment variables of your terminal. If you want to set that environment variable in your terminal, you can do so using -e:

eval $(gp env -e foo=bar)

To update the current terminal session with the latest set of persistent environment variables, use:

eval $(gp env -e)

To delete a persistent environment variable use:

gp env -u foo

Note that you can delete/unset variables if their repository pattern matches the repository of this workspace exactly. I.e. you cannot delete environment variables with a repository pattern of /foo, foo/ or /.

  gp env [flags]

  -e, --export   produce a script that can be eval'ed in Bash
  -h, --help     help for env
  -u, --unset    deletes/unsets persisted environment variables

Using the dashboard

You can also configure and view the persistent environment variables in your dashboard.

Environment Vriables in Dashboard

You can add as many environment variables as you wish.

The repository pattern of each variable determines in what workspace it will be available. Repository patterns follow the repo/owner pattern. You can use a wildcard on either of the two, e.g. gitpod-io/* would make that variable available in all repositories owned by gitpod-io. Conversely */vscode would make that variable available on all repositories called vscode; especially useful for forks. Subsequently */* makes that variable available everywhere.

Beware: while the variable values are stored encrypted, they are available as plain text inside a workspace. Be careful when sharing your live workspace or when using */* as repository pattern.

Passing Environment Variables

In addition to user-specific env variables, Gitpod also alows passing in variables through the URL. The syntax for that is,var2=value2/

The values are URL encoded to allow any non-ascii characters in values. In case of a conflict, e.g. in the example above if the user already had a variable var2 set, the user’s value would be used.