Referencing environment variables

How to use environment variables in scripts

To access a variable, add the $ symbol in front of its name. For example, access API_TOKEN by using $API_TOKEN. Note that it is required to use quotation marks with multi-line variables when you are referencing them in custom scripts.

Accessing environment variables from your application

The following examples show how to place your Google Maps API key into an Android or iOS application from an environment variable. With this approach you will not have to store your secret key in the repository.

  1. Add your key as an environment variable with the name MAPS_API_KEY


  1. Read the key from an environment variable to build.gradle
defaultConfig {
    // Other values set here
    resValue "string", "maps_api_key", "$System.env.MAPS_API_KEY"
  1. Read the key from the build.gradle value to AndroidManifest.xml

iOS (Swift)

  1. Read the key from the environment variable to Info.plist
  1. Read the key from the Info.plist value to AppDelegate.swift
GMSServices.provideAPIKey(Bundle.main.object(forInfoDictionaryKey: "MAPS_API_KEY") as? String ?? "")

iOS (Objective-C)

  1. Read your key from the environemnt variable to AppDelegate.m as in the example.
[GMSServices provideAPIKey:[[NSProcessInfo processInfo] environment][@"MAPS_API_KEY"]];