How to automatically set environment variables per folder (directory) on bash shell on macOS High Sierra

I have a little CLI toy project that uses the file system for storage (YAML files) and defaults to a dot folder under the home folder (~), this default can be overridden by an environment variable that sets the path. To ease manual testing, I wanted to automatically set up an environment variable wheneve I cd’ed into the project folder, also as bonus I wanted this variable to be removed from the environment whenever I cd’ed  out.

Googling a bit, I found Autoenv: Directory-based Environment, from Kenneth Reitz, this project is archived and nicely provides a pointer to direnv — Unclutter your .profile which actually works with any *nix and most common shells in use including bash and zshell .

In the case of macOS you just need to install it via brew  like:

And hook it into your shell. The instructions for bash asked to add:

To ~/.bashrc  “after rvm, git-prompt and other shell extensions that manipulate the prompt.”  which didn’t work for me. In my case, my prompt and such stuff is in .bash_profile  So I placed it at the bottom of this file reloaded the shell and it started working.

Just follow the instruction on https://direnv.net/, and now you will be able to set up environment variables for your shell that apply only to specific folders, and all of this in an automated and convenient fashion.

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