Environment Variables on Divshot

Divshot's development, staging, and production environments are great for operations, but don't solve the problem of service configurations. Environment variables are a great way to specify API keys for 3rd party services.

Be careful not to set any secret keys as environment variables, as this data will be accessible to your users. An appropriate use case for environment variables would be analytics tracking codes.

Adding Environment Variables to Your App

In the directory for your Divshot project, you can see the current variables for your application's various environments:

divshot env production

To set environment variables, just use env:add:

divshot env:add production KEY1=value1 KEY2=value2

Using Environment Variables in Your App

To access environment variables in your application, add a script tag:

<script src="/__/env.js"></script>

The contents of this file will look something like this:

this.__env = {"KEY1":"value1", "KEY2":"value2"};

They can be accessed like so:


Environment variables may also be loaded as raw JSON located at this path: /__/env.json

This documentation is hosted on Divshot. Checkout /__/env.json and /__/env.js for concrete examples.

Release Information

There is a special key called __release included by default in the environment configuration that contains some useful information about the current deploy.

  "__release": {
    build_id: "abc123...",
    release: 56,
    timestamp: 1412193270

The build_id is a unique ID for the currently deployed code. The release key is the current numbered release for the environment (it will increment with each new push or environment change). And timestamp is a UNIX integer timestamp of when the release happened. You can convert it to a JavaScript Date object like so:

new Date(__env.__release.timestamp * 1000);

Note: Obviously your local environment doesn't have any release information, but you can manually add it to .env.json to simulate or test out checking release data in your application.

Local Environment

Divshot's static web server will read environment variables from .env.json in the project root.

To help developers get started on an existing project, a set of environment variables can be automatically pulled down to .env.json:

divshot env:pull development


Configuration changes create new releases and can be rolled back just like any other release.

See the Builds guide for more details on rolling back releases.