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IBM Cloud Environment

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The ibm-cloud-env module allows to abstract environment variables from various Cloud compute providers, such as, but not limited to, CloudFoundry and Kubernetes, so the application could be environment-agnostic.

The module allows to define an array of search patterns that will be executed one by one until required value is found.


npm install ibm-cloud-env


Create a JSON file containing your mappings and initialize the module

const IBMCloudEnv = require('ibm-cloud-env');

In case mappings file path is not specified in the IBMCloudEnv.init() the module will try to load mappings from a default path of /server/config/mappings.json.

Supported search patterns types

ibm-cloud-config supports searching for values using three search pattern types - cloudfoundry, env, file.

  • Using cloudfoundry allows to search for values in VCAP_SERVICES and VCAP_APPLICATIONS environment variables
  • Using env allows to search for values in environment variables
  • Using file allows to search for values in text/json files

Example search patterns

  • cloudfoundry:service-instance-name - searches through parsed VCAP_SERVICES environment variable and returns the credentials object of the matching service instance name
  • cloudfoundry:$.JSONPath - searches through parsed VCAP_SERVICES and VCAP_APPLICATION environment variables and returns the value that corresponds to JSONPath
  • env:env-var-name - returns environment variable named "env-var-name"
  • env:env-var-name:$.JSONPath - attempts to parse the environment variable "env-var-name" and return a value that corresponds to JSONPath
  • file:/server/config.text - returns content of /server/config.text file
  • file:/server/config.json:$.JSONPath - reads the content of /server/config.json file, tries to parse it, returns the value that corresponds to JSONPath

mappings.json file example

    "service1-credentials": {
        "searchPatterns": [
    "service2-username": {

Using the values in application

In your application retrieve the values using below commands

var service1credentials = IBMCloudEnv.getDictionary("service1-credentials"); // this will be a dictionary
var service2username = IBMCloudEnv.getString("service2-username"); // this will be a string

Following the above approach your application can be implemented in an runtime-environment agnostic way, abstracting differences in environment variable management introduced by different cloud compute providers.

Publishing Changes

In order to publish changes, you will need to fork the repository or ask to join the ibm-developer org and branch off the master branch.

Make sure to follow the conventional commit specification before contributing. To help you with commit a commit template is provide. Run to initialize the commit template to your .git/config or use commitizen

Once you are finished with your changes, run npm test to make sure all tests pass.

Do a pull request against master, make sure the build passes. A team member will review and merge your pull request. Once merged to master an auto generated pull request will be created against master to update the changelog. Make sure that the and the package.json is correct before merging the pull request. After the auto generated pull request has been merged to master the version will be bumped and published to npm.