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process.env variables not available to process using DigitalOcean App Platform

I’ve specified environment variables in the app platform settings, made them available during build and run time, but the application doesn’t have access to them.

const API_URL = process.env.REACT_APP_API_URL;

The above is undefined, even though REACT_APP_API_URL is specified in the settings.

Am I missing something obvious?


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Might not be the answer you want, but from sample examples I’ve seen, the env system doesn’t work.

See this example: https://github.com/digitalocean/sample-functions-python-twilio-sms/tree/main/packages/sample/sms

You have to add a .env and load from it. Which means you have to commit the .env to git. Committing to git means you can’t make your code public (if the env has sensitive details)

At least, that’s what I could find, unless there’s a way I don’t know of yet.

Same issue here, did you find a solution?

What does your run command look like? I was having the same issue until I changed my run command to this:

npm install -g serve
serve -s build

This makes sure node is in production mode.