Autoload environment variables

by Markus Tacker

: Autoload environment variables

When developing stateless microservices it can be tedious to set up the correct environment variables. You can teach your bash/zsh to load them on a per directory basis.

If you add this to your .bashrc or .zshrc.local environment variables will be set from a file called .env if it is present in the directory you are cd-ing into:

function readEnv
{
        if [ -f $PWD/.env ]
        then
                cat $PWD/.env
                export $(cat $PWD/.env | xargs)
        fi
}

cd()
{
        builtin cd "$@"
        readEnv
}
readEnv

In my project directory I have a .env file with these contents:

export MY_FOO_ENV=bar
echo MY_FOO_ENV=$MY_FOO_ENV

Now everytime I run my project the correct environment is set.