CFWheels DotEnvSettings Plugin published


A new plugin was published to provide support for .env settings files in a production environment. This plugin is based on Eric Peterson’s CommandBox module and allows the use of .env or similarly named files to store your application secrets so they can be kept out of source control.

LICENSE

Apache License, Version 2.0.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

  • Lucee 5+
  • ColdFusion 9+
  • CFWheels 2+

Instructions

Just drop the zip file into your plugins folder and restart your application or use CommandBox cli to install. Simply type the following at the root of your project:

box install cfwheels-dotenvsettings

Usage

Create a .env file in your project root and add to .gitignore or your version control’s equivalent (don’t commit secrets to your repo!) The file can contain JSON or Java properties style key value pairs:

// property style
MY_SECRET_KEY=somevalue
MY_OTHER_SECRET=shh

// json style
{
  "MY_SECRET_KEY"="somevalue"
 ,"MY_OTHER_SECRET"="shh"
};

The default file name supported is .env but you can use any file name you want. You could even have multiple files for various environment.

In your CFWheels app you can read in your secrets by adding readDotEnvSettings() to your application. The most logical point to do this would be in your events\onApplicationStart.cfm file, but you could do it in your environment specific settings.cfm files as well. You can then access the secrets contained in the file processed using get("MY_SECRET_KEY").

If you want to customize the secrets file to use, you can specify the file name by passing in the file name like so readDotEnvSettings(".env-second").

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