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Set some environment variables:

export MYAPP_DEBUG=false
export MYAPP_PORT=8080
export MYAPP_USER=Kelsey
export MYAPP_RATE="0.5"
export MYAPP_TIMEOUT="3m"
export MYAPP_USERS="rob,ken,robert"
export MYAPP_COLORCODES="red:1,green:2,blue:3"

Write some code:

package main

import (


type Specification struct {
    Debug       bool
    Port        int
    User        string
    Users       []string
    Rate        float32
    Timeout     time.Duration
    ColorCodes  map[string]int

func main() {
    var s Specification
    err := envconfig.Process("myapp", &s)
    if err != nil {
    format := "Debug: %v\nPort: %d\nUser: %s\nRate: %f\nTimeout: %s\n"
    _, err = fmt.Printf(format, s.Debug, s.Port, s.User, s.Rate, s.Timeout)
    if err != nil {

    for _, u := range s.Users {
        fmt.Printf("  %s\n", u)

    fmt.Println("Color codes:")
    for k, v := range s.ColorCodes {
        fmt.Printf("  %s: %d\n", k, v)


Debug: false
Port: 8080
User: Kelsey
Rate: 0.500000
Timeout: 3m0s
Color codes:
  red: 1
  green: 2
  blue: 3

Struct Tag Support

Envconfig supports the use of struct tags to specify alternate, default, and required environment variables.

For example, consider the following struct:

type Specification struct {
    ManualOverride1 string `envconfig:"manual_override_1"`
    DefaultVar      string `default:"foobar"`
    RequiredVar     string `required:"true"`
    IgnoredVar      string `ignored:"true"`
    AutoSplitVar    string `split_words:"true"`
    RequiredAndAutoSplitVar    string `required:"true" split_words:"true"`

Envconfig has automatic support for CamelCased struct elements when the split_words:"true" tag is supplied. Without this tag, AutoSplitVar above would look for an environment variable called MYAPP_AUTOSPLITVAR. With the setting applied it will look for MYAPP_AUTO_SPLIT_VAR. Note that numbers will get globbed into the previous word. If the setting does not do the right thing, you may use a manual override.

Envconfig will process value for ManualOverride1 by populating it with the value for MYAPP_MANUAL_OVERRIDE_1. Without this struct tag, it would have instead looked up MYAPP_MANUALOVERRIDE1. With the split_words:"true" tag it would have looked up MYAPP_MANUAL_OVERRIDE1.

export MYAPP_MANUAL_OVERRIDE_1="this will be the value"

# export MYAPP_MANUALOVERRIDE1="and this will not"

If envconfig can't find an environment variable value for MYAPP_DEFAULTVAR, it will populate it with "foobar" as a default value.

If envconfig can't find an environment variable value for MYAPP_REQUIREDVAR, it will return an error when asked to process the struct. If MYAPP_REQUIREDVAR is present but empty, envconfig will not return an error.

If envconfig can't find an environment variable in the form PREFIX_MYVAR, and there is a struct tag defined, it will try to populate your variable with an environment variable that directly matches the envconfig tag in your struct definition:

export MYAPP_DEBUG=true
type Specification struct {
    ServiceHost string `envconfig:"SERVICE_HOST"`
    Debug       bool

Envconfig won't process a field with the "ignored" tag set to "true", even if a corresponding environment variable is set.

Supported Struct Field Types

envconfig supports these struct field types:

Embedded structs using these fields are also supported.

Custom Decoders

Any field whose type (or pointer-to-type) implements envconfig.Decoder can control its own deserialization:

export DNS_SERVER=
type IPDecoder net.IP

func (ipd *IPDecoder) Decode(value string) error {
    *ipd = IPDecoder(net.ParseIP(value))
    return nil

type DNSConfig struct {
    Address IPDecoder `envconfig:"DNS_SERVER"`

Also, envconfig will use a Set(string) error method like from the flag.Value interface if implemented.



    Package envconfig implements decoding of environment variables based on a user defined specification. A typical use is using environment variables for configuration settings.



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    var ErrInvalidSpecification = errors.New("specification must be a struct pointer")

      ErrInvalidSpecification indicates that a specification is of the wrong type.


      func CheckDisallowed

      func CheckDisallowed(prefix string, spec interface{}) error

        CheckDisallowed checks that no environment variables with the prefix are set that we don't know how or want to parse. This is likely only meaningful with a non-empty prefix.

        func MustProcess

        func MustProcess(prefix string, spec interface{})

          MustProcess is the same as Process but panics if an error occurs

          func Process

          func Process(prefix string, spec interface{}) error

            Process populates the specified struct based on environment variables

            func Usage

            func Usage(prefix string, spec interface{}) error

              Usage writes usage information to stdout using the default header and table format

              func Usagef

              func Usagef(prefix string, spec interface{}, out io.Writer, format string) error

                Usagef writes usage information to the specified io.Writer using the specifed template specification

                func Usaget

                func Usaget(prefix string, spec interface{}, out io.Writer, tmpl *template.Template) error

                  Usaget writes usage information to the specified io.Writer using the specified template


                  type Decoder

                  type Decoder interface {
                  	Decode(value string) error

                    Decoder has the same semantics as Setter, but takes higher precedence. It is provided for historical compatibility.

                    type ParseError

                    type ParseError struct {
                    	KeyName   string
                    	FieldName string
                    	TypeName  string
                    	Value     string
                    	Err       error

                      A ParseError occurs when an environment variable cannot be converted to the type required by a struct field during assignment.

                      func (*ParseError) Error

                      func (e *ParseError) Error() string

                      type Setter

                      type Setter interface {
                      	Set(value string) error

                        Setter is implemented by types can self-deserialize values. Any type that implements flag.Value also implements Setter.