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Read settings from environment variables.

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A quick’n’easy way to use environment variables in your Django (and Python) projects.

  • Free software: BSD license


If you’re using django-dotenv to get the most out of your .env file, you want to use the values there in your Django project’s settings.

It will convert boolean, integer and float values to their native Python types.

There’s nothing here that is Django specific, but I’m using it with Django so that’s what I’ve called it.


pip install django-getenv


In your file (or equivalent), add:

from getenv import env

Then to read in your environment variables, do this:


If you want to provide a default (in case the environment variable isn’t set), try:

SECRET_KEY = env("SECRET_KEY", "a_secret_key")

You can also use getenv in a template:


{% load getenv %}

Current path: {% getenv “PATH” %}

For best results, mix with django-dotenv and dj-database-url.


1.3.2 (2017-04-15)

  • Use custom ImproperlyConfigured instead of Django’s (#5)

1.3.1 (2014-03-07)

  • Fix HISTORY.rst
  • Remove Python 2.6 from Travis configuration

1.3.0 (2014-03-06)

  • Improved (cookiecutter-pypackage style) project layout

1.2.0 (2014-01-14)

  • Specify an environment variable as required, and raise ImproperlyConfigured exception if not present (#2)

1.1.0 (2013-07-24)

  • Marked as “5 - Production/Stable” instead of “4 - Beta”
  • Cleaned up README
  • Added CHANGES

1.0.0 (2013-07-19)

  • Initial release

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