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app envy-cli

A magical little tool that takes care of your environment settings

5 releases (3 breaking)

0.4.0 Feb 2, 2023
0.3.2 Apr 20, 2020
0.3.0 Aug 22, 2019
0.2.0 Aug 13, 2019
0.1.0 Mar 9, 2019

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Sets environment variables when you enter a directory. Works with bash, zsh, and fish.

Documentation Rust


At work, I have to set some environment variables every time I'm working on certain projects.
For example, these can be Google Cloud settings, the Consul host, or Docker configs.

It's tedious to set the correct environment variables myself every time.

direnv automatically loads .env files, but I don't want to clutter my system
with .env files. Also, I need the same environment variables in a few unrelated
projects, and I don't want to keep the .env files in sync.

Thus, the idea for envy was born.

It uses a config file that defines what environment variables to set for each folder.


cargo install envy-cli

Add the following line to the end of your ~/.zshrc file:

eval "$(envy hook zsh)"

For bash, use envy hook bash instead and add it to your ~/.bashrc file.

eval "$(envy hook bash)"

For fish, use envy hook fish instead and add it to your ~/.config/fish/config.fish file.

eval (envy hook fish)

Once you open a new shell, envy will start matching directories and set the specified environment variables from the config file.


Run envy edit to open the config file. (On macOS, this file is located at /Users/<user>/Library/Application Support/Envy/Config.toml.)

Define the list of regular expressions and the settings. The first regular expression that matches a path wins.

pattern = ".*project1.*"
env = [

pattern = ".*project2.*"
env = [

The moment you save the file, the current terminal will automatically pick up the new settings; no need to reload or open a new terminal. ✌️

direnv compatibility

envy supports loading environment files à la direnv as well. Run envy allow .env to auto-load the .env file in the current path on enter. You can add multiple .env files (e.g. envy allow .envrc). Duplicate keys will be overwritten in the order of appearance in the envy config file (run envy edit to modify order). Use envy deny .env to remove an environment file from the list.

Command-line options

envy 0.4.0
context-based environment variables

    envy <SUBCOMMAND>

    -h, --help       Prints help information
    -V, --version    Prints version information

    allow     Grants envy to load the given `.env` file
    deny      Revokes the authorization of a given `.env` file
    edit      Edit the envy config file
    export    Export environment variables based on the current directory
    find      Find a single environment variable and print its value
    help      Prints this message or the help of the given subcommand(s)
    hook      Print the hook to activate envy for your shell
    load      Load environment variables from a given `.env` file (for the current session only)
    path      Print path to envy config file
    show      Show envy config for current directory

Note: To load the environment variables into the current shell, you need to run eval "$(envy load)".


  • Only tested on macOS. It should also work on Linux and Windows, though.
  • Does not unset variables when you leave a directory.
  • Developing this for myself. Thus, this project won't be worked on very actively.


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