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Automatically and implicitly load environment variables from .env file

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Environment variables are a great and popular way to configure your application. Although the number of such variables can be really high in a big application, making it annoying to manage during development.

Common solution for this issue is usage of .env files which contain all variables that should be loaded into your development environment. There are different ways to do this, for example handy python-dotenv package. But it should be executed explicitly in order to work. In my projects I don't want to add load_dotenv() execution in my code that is running on production, and I'm too lazy to create customer runners for development only. Thus, I made load-dotenv that can do this for me automatically.


pip install load-dotenv


Create .env file in your working directory and put your variables there. For details about file format, please refer python-dotenv documentation. Run your application with LOAD_DOTENV variable set to one of true, yes or 1.

Alternative path to the file can be specified via LOAD_DOTENV_PATH variable.

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