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Environment variables are config values that affect the way your app behaves. They are helpful
for situations when you need your app to behave differently depending on the environment. For example,
you might want your app to use one database when running in a certain environment, and a different database otherwise.
Dash Enterprise provides a way for you to set environment variables in your app’s Settings. Environment variables that you set
this way are used by your app at runtime.
See also: Setting environment variables for your app to use at build time using a project.toml file.
By entering the environment variable name and value in Dash Enterprise, your app can use it without storing the value in code.
We recommend storing sensitive information like API keys as environment variables.
Because the key is not hardcoded in your app’s code, you don’t run the risk of mistakenly exposing or sharing it.
This page describes how to manage environment variables using the App Manager, but you can also use the Dash Enterprise CLI.
The following environment variables are created automatically by the system.
created automatically when you create an app. These environment variables are used by Dash when you construct paths using
dash.get_asset_url. You don’t need to reference them anywhere in your code.
GIT_REV is created automatically the first time you update your code and stores your app’s latest Git revision.
It’s the long-form version of the git revision displayed in your app Overview. You can use this environment variable in conjunction with
to enable advanced functionalities like persisting the cache across redeploys and invalidating it when the app’s source changes.
Learn more in Background Callback Caching.
DATABASE_URL are created automatically when you add a managed Redis or Postgres database to your app,
respectively. You’ll need to reference these environment variables in your code for your app to use these databases. Learn more in
Redis and Postgres.
GUNICORN_CMD_ARGS is created automatically with the value
--limit-request-field_size=16384, which sets the header size limit to 16 KB.
You can override this limit by specifying one in your
Procfile. For example, to set it back to the Gunicorn default of 8 KB:
web: GUNICORN_CMD_ARGS=”–limit-request-field_size=8190” gunicorn app:server –workers 4
Learn more about this flag in the Gunicorn documentation.
DASH_SECRET_KEY is created automatically when you create an app. It is used by the system to allow requests that originate from Snapshot Engine background tasks
when the app is protected by
DASH_ENTERPRISE_ENV is created automatically with the value
WORKSPACE when you create a workspace for your app.
It is present only in the workspace environment, allowing you to set workspace-specific behavior. Dash Enterprise does not use
DASH_ENTERPRISE_ENV when deploying your app, so it does not appear in your app’s Environment Variables settings.
Dash Enterprise automatically restarts your app when you add or edit an environment variable, but this does
not affect your app’s availability.
To add an environment variable to your app:
Dash Enterprise automatically uppercases your environment variable names. If your environment variables names contain more than one
word and you want to separate them, be sure to use underscores. Spaces are not supported.
In this example, we’ve added credentials for a service using environment variables named
Once added, the values for your environment variables are hidden unless you
select Show Values.
You can now reference your environment variables in your app’s code with the
import os service_username = os.environ['SERVICE_USER']
If you want to fall back to another value when the variable isn’t in your
import os service_username = os.environ.get('SERVICE_USER', 'my-default-service-username')
If you’re working locally, the variables won’t be in your environment
unless you define them. You can define them on-the-fly when you run
That is, instead of running
python app.py, run:
$ SERVICE_USER=admin SERVICE_PASSWORD=my-password python app.py
replacing the example environment variables with the environment variables you want to define.
Alternatively, you can define them for your session with the
$ export SERVICE_USER=admin $ export SERVICE_PASSWORD=my-password $ python app.py
Dash Enterprise automatically restarts your app when you delete an environment variable, but this does
not affect your app’s availability.
To remove an environment variable: