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Charles Loder
Charles Loder

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TIDBIT: get direnv to use .env

direnv is a great tool for loading environment variables on a per-project basis.

The one catch is that it loads .envrc files by default and not .env. I found their instructions on how to load an .env a little unclear for a new developer like myself so below I'll show what to do.

I'm assuming:

create a config

First, create a config directory for direnv

mkdir ~/.config/direnv
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Then create a config file

touch ~/.config/direnv/direnv.toml
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configure

Open the config, and add

[global]
load_dotenv = true
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Save, and restart your shell

exec $SHELL
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That's it!

Now, when you go to a project with a .env file, you can simply run

direnv allow
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It will load the .env instead of just looking for .envrc

I hope this helps someone else!

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