I have started to work on a Django project, and I would like to set some environment variables without setting them manually or having a bash file to source.

I want to set the following variables:

export DATABASE_URL=postgres://
export DEBUG=1
# there are other variables, but they contain personal information

I have read this, but that does not solve what I want. In addition, I have tried setting the environment variables in Preferences-> Build, Execution, Deployment->Console->Python Console/Django Console, but it sets the variables for the interpreter.

Solution 1

You can set environmental variables in Pycharm's run configurations menu.

  1. Open the Run Configuration selector in the top-right and cick Edit Configurations...

  1. Select the correct file from the menu, find Environmental variables and click ...

  1. Add or change variables, then click OK

You can access your environmental variables with os.environ

import os

Solution 2

I was able to figure out this using a PyCharm plugin called EnvFile. This plugin, basically allows setting environment variables to run configurations from one or multiple files.

The installation is pretty simple:

Preferences > Plugins > Browse repositories... > Search for "Env File" > Install Plugin.

Then, I created a file, in my project root, called environment.env which contains:


Then I went to Run->Edit Configurations, and I followed the steps in the next image:

In 3, I chose the file environment.env, and then I could just click the play button in PyCharm, and everything worked like a charm.

Solution 3

This functionality has been added to the IDE now (working Pycharm 2018.3)

Just click the EnvFile tab in the run configuration, click Enable EnvFile and click the + icon to add an env file

Update: Essentially the same as the answer by @imguelvargasf but the the plugin was enabled by default for me.

Solution 4

The original question is:

How to set environment variables in PyCharm?

The two most-upvoted answers tell you how to set environment variables for PyCharm Run/Debug Configurations - manually enter them in "Environment variables" or use EnvFile plugin.

After using PyCharm for many years now, I've learned there are other key areas you can set PyCharm environment variables. EnvFile won't work for these other areas!

Here's where ELSE to look:

  • Tools > Terminal > Environment variables
  • Languages & Frameworks > Django > Environment variables
  • Settings > Build, Execution, Deployment > Console > Python Console > Environment variables
  • Settings > Build, Execution, Deployment > Console > Django Console > Environment variables

and of course, your run/debug configurations that was already mentioned.

Solution 5

This is what you can do to source an .env (and .flaskenv) file in the pycharm flask/django console. It would also work for a normal python console of course.

  1. Do pip install python-dotenv in your environment (the same as being pointed to by pycharm).

  2. Go to: Settings > Build ,Execution, Deployment > Console > Flask/django Console

  3. In "starting script" include something like this near the top:

    from dotenv import load_dotenv

The .env file can look like this: export KEY=VALUE

It doesn't matter if one includes export or not for dotenv to read it.

As an alternative you could also source the .env file in the activate shell script for the respective virtual environement.

Solution 6

None of the above methods worked for me. If you are on Windows, try this on PyCharm terminal:


You can access it in your scripts using os.environ['YOUR_VAR'].

Solution 7

This method helped me a lot for calling environmental variable from a .env file and its really easy to implement too.

  1. Create a .env file in the root folder of the project

  2. Install a package called "python-dotenv"

  3. Import and load the package in the .py file where you want to use the environment variable as follows

     import os
     from dotenv import load_dotenv, find_dotenv
     any_secret_var = os.get_env("SECRET_KEY")

and BOOM it will work like magic

And the .env file should look like, don't place any qoutes around the values in the .env file


Solution 8

In the Pycharm Python console just type


Unlike other Python text editors, you do not add export in Pycharm

Solution 9

Solution tested with virtual environment.

Create an script that define and export or source the env vars. Then define the script as the python interpreter of an existing virtual env. The solution works for any task like run, debug, console ...

Example script:


DIR="$( cd "$( dirname "${BASH_SOURCE[0]}" )" && pwd )"
export VAR1="TEST1"
source $DIR/../../.env
$DIR/python "[email protected]"

Solution 10

In case anyone want to set environment variables for all their Run/Debug Configuration, I list my solution here.

  1. Go to the Edit Configurations as pointed by other answers.
  2. Click edit the configuration templates in the panel.
  3. Edit environment variables there.

By doing so, the variables will be there every time you create a new configuration.

Solution 11

With the 2022.2 version of PyCharm it is not working. You should downgrade the version and follow the steps that mentioned in Joran Beasley's answer.