Setting variables with BASH and getting them in Python script

Setting variables with BASH and getting them in Python script

Created:30 Oct 2022 01:46:30 , in  Host development,  Web development

Over recent years I have been writing more and more automation and other scripts in Python. Many of them require input data which should be stored in an variable on the operating system, rather than somewhere else, before it is available to the Python program. Examples of this sort of input data are service URLs, usernames, passwords etc. . In this article I look at how to set variables on the command line using BASH, make them available to other command line tools using import built-in BASH command and finally how to get them in a Python script.

Setting variables with BASH

Setting variables with BASH is easy. If variable name is PASSWORD and it is assigned value pass123, it can be set on the command line as follows:


Making variables available to child processes of the current process In order for PASSWORD to become available to other programs the variable has to be marked for export. For this one uses built-in BASH command export:


Accessing environment variables in a Python script

To get access to variable PASSWORD and its value in a Python scripts, first import os module, then read the value from environ dictionary it provides.

import os


Being able to read operating system variables in your Python script is an extremely useful technique and a vary common requirement today. This short article presents a quick but an effective way it can be achieved.

This post was updated on 30 Oct 2022 01:17:44

Tags:  BASH ,  Python 

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Sylwester Wojnowski

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