Environment Variables (Create-React-App) on App Platform

Posted April 20, 2021 704 views
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I’m running a aspnet core application with an SPA created using creat-react-app.

In this application I use some environment variables in the client. The official way to do this with this tool is to prefix the variables with “REACTAPP”. (

I’ve created these variables in my component settings. By default these are scoped as RUNANDBUILD_TIME. But they don’t seem to be available
when my page is being built.

I added a couple of extra RUN instructions in my docker file to try and print these variables, they come out empty.

My application’s dockerfile is based on example provided here:

With the only modification being the installation of nodejs.

Thanks in advance, any help or clarification will be greatly appreciated. Hopefully I just missed something from the docs :)

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Hey there!

You mentioned you are running this from a Dockerfile.

Environment variables are only available as build-args for Dockerfile builds in App Platform. So you should declare them in the Dockerfile as an ARG and then set the ENV variable in the Dockerfile from the build-arg.

Something like this may work: