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Environment variables

Redocly sets environment variables when running API registry jobs. The API registry runs both the lint and bundle commands which can use environment variables.

To learn how to set up environment variables for Developer portals, refer to the portal guide.

Built-in environment variables

Two built-in environment variables can control arguments passed to these respective commands for additional runtime control:

CommandEnvironment variableExample valueExceptions
lintREDOCLY_CLI_LINT_ARGS--skip-rule=no-sibling-refsDoes not support --format, --config, --lint-config
bundleREDOCLY_CLI_BUNDLE_ARGS--skip-decorator=decorators/remove-internal-schema-propertiesDoes not support --metafile

Custom environment variables

Custom plugins can create, read, and modify environment variables.

Pay attention to the following limitations (and differences from environment variables in the developer portals):

  • The API registry doesn't support .env.* files for defining environment variables. For API versions in the registry, environment variables can only be defined in Workflows settings.

  • You can't use environment variables in the Redocly configuration file or add them directly to your API definitions. For API versions, they are supported only in custom plugins.

  • When creating your own environment variables, their names must not start with REDOCLY_. That prefix is reserved for special internal variables.

Step 1: Define the variable in Workflows settings

  1. In the Workflows app, select your API version from the API registry page.

  2. On the API version page, select Settings, then Environment variables.

  3. On the Environment variables page, select Add variable.

  4. In the dialog that opens, define the name and the value for your environment variable. If you're adding one of the internal variables, make sure its name is correct.

  5. Optionally, select the Secret checkbox. This encrypts the value of the variable and hides it from the logs. Use this to protect your credentials, private URLs, and similar sensitive data.

  6. Select Create variable to finish adding a new variable. For the built-in environment variables, this step completes the configuration.


If necessary, you can modify an existing environment variable in Workflows at any point after creating it. Select the Edit icon next to the variable on the Environment variables page. In the dialog that opens, change the environment variable name and/or value, then save your changes.

Step 2: Use the variable in your custom plugin

  • Create a custom rule or decorator as a JS file. Place it in the rules or decorators directory which you have created in the root of your project.

  • In your rule or decorator, use the environment variables (name must match the name defined in Step 1).

Common uses for environment variables would be to influence code flow or to set a value used in the rules or decorators.

It is a good practice to check for the environment variables existing before usage.

if ('EXAMPLE_VARIABLE' in process.env && process.env.EXAMPLE_VARIABLE == 'blog') {
  // This demonstrates code flow based the value of the EXAMPLE_VARIABLE

Refer to the custom plugins documentation to learn more about writing custom plugins, and review some examples: