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Environment variables

Most programming languages are able to read values from environment variables. Shipmight supports adding custom environment variables to apps, so you can customize the app behaviour without rebuilding the image.

Note: If you’ve ever set a variable in a Docker container like -e SOME_VAR=example, this achieves the same effect.

Adding environment variables to apps

When creating or editing an app, you are able to add, edit and remove environment variables:

Screenshot of Environment variables -input

Each environment variable consists of two fields:

  • Name
    Must be 200 characters or less, and consist of uppercase letters (A-Z), numbers (0-9) and underscores (_).

  • Value
    Must be 200 characters or less. Can contain newlines.

Reading environment variables

Most programming languages include built-in support for reading environment variables. Some examples:

# bash
// js
# python
# ruby
// golang

Refer to the manual of your programming language of choice if it wasn’t listed here.

Customizing Docker Hub images

Most Docker images you can install from Docker Hub come with a set of environment variables for customization. For example, the postgres image allows you to configure authentication details with variables like POSTGRES_USER and POSTGRES_PASSWORD.

Refer to the documentation of the Docker image you are using to see the available options for that image.

Kubernetes resources

Environment variables are added directly to the containers.env array of the Kubernetes Deployment.






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