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Travis CI Node.js

Travis CI with Node.js

Learn how to configure Travis CI with Dotenv Vault in a simple Node.js web app. This tutorial assumes you are already familiar with .env files and know how to sync them.

You can find a complete example repo here.

Initial setup

Create a .travis.yml file in your root folder to set your Travis CI settings. Add the language, its version and the appropriate commands you need executed at various build stages.

Here’s an example .travis.yml setup:

// .travis.yml
language: node_js
  - 16
  - npm install
  - npm run build


Package installation

Start by installing the dotenv package with npm.

npm install dotenv --save

Reference the Vault package as early in your index.js code as possible to skip any conflicts that may arise.

// index.js
console.log(process.env) // for debugging purposes. remove when ready.


Build the Vault

Confirm you are logged in and your Vault is synced locally by running npx dotenv-vault pull ci. Once ready, proceed by building your Vault with npx dotenv-vault build.

npx dotenv-vault build

Once Vault has finished building, it will provide you with access to its decryption keys, which you can use to interact with protected environment variables with ease.

To retrieve a key, just input npx dotenv-vault keys, followed by your preferred environment, like ci, for example. You can do the same with other environments such as development and production.

The outcome of this will be a long URI being returned. You will immediately recognize it as it always starts with dotenv://:key and ends in ?environment= with the environment you have chosen.

npx dotenv-vault keys ci
remote:   Listing .env.vault decryption keys... done

dotenv://:[email protected]/vault/.env.vault?environment=ci

Set deployment

With the decryption key safely in your possession, it is time for you to head over to the Travis CI project settings via the More options button in the top right corner of your dashboard.

From there click Settings and scroll down to the Environment Variables section. Put DOTENV_KEY as the key and save the decryption key you obtained earlier for the value field.

Commit and push

That’s it!

Commit those changes safely to code and deploy to Travis CI.

When the build runs, it will recognize the DOTENV_KEY, decrypt the .env.vault file, and load the ci environment variables to ENV.

If a DOTENV_KEY is not set when developing on local machine, for example, it will fall back to standard Dotenv functionality.

You’ll know things worked correctly when you see 'Loading .env from encrypted .env.vault' in your Travis CI logs.