Add permanent environment variables


When you are using terraform or some other tools requiring environment variables, you may find the environment variables doesn’t stay between sessions.

Here’s how I took care of it:

Windows

This is rather easy, just go to System Properties by running sysdm.cpl in command line, then click on Environment Variables

Add or edit existing environment variables, such as AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID or AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY, the settings will take effect next time when you launch your command prompt or PowerShell session

Linux / Mac

First you have to find out what shell you are using:

$ echo $SHELL
  • If it returns: /bin/bash, then you are using bash, and need to edit ~/.bashrc
  • If it returns: /bin/zsh, then you are using zsh, and need to edit ~/.zshrc

Example of ~/.bashrc file. Make sure to place export in front of each line, and there should be no whitespace around equal sign =

$ cat ~/.bashrc

# environment variables
export AVIATRIX_CONTROLLER_IP='****'
export AVIATRIX_PASSWORD='****'
export AVIATRIX_USERNAME='****'
export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID='****'
export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY='****'
export GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS='****'

Next time when you launch console session, these settings will take effect


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