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Next.js | Environment Variables

Next.js Environment Variables

Hello folks! welcome back to a new section of our tutorial on Next.js. In this tutorial, we will be studying about Next.js Environment Variables.

Next.js supports publishing of environment variables in node which we can make use of to connect to server, database, etc. For this, we need to create a .env.local file in the root directory. We can create .env.production as well.

Create .env.local

Create .env.local in root directory using the following content -


Create env.js

Create a page env.js via the below contents in pages/posts directory where we'll use the environment variables using process.env.

import Head from 'next/head'
import Container from '../../components/container'

export default function FirstPost(props) {
   return (
               <title>Environment Variables</title>
            <h1>Database Credentials</h1>
               <p>Host: {props.host}</p>
               <p>Username: {props.username}</p>
               <p>Password: {props.password}</p>

export async function getStaticProps() {
   // Connect to Database using DB properties
   return {
      props: { 
         host: process.env.DB_HOST,
         username: process.env.DB_USER,
         password: process.env.DB_PASS

Start the Server

Next.js will detect .env.local and display the following message on console -

npm run dev

> nextjs@1.0.0 dev D:\Node\nextjs
> next

ready - started server on http://localhost:3000
info  - Loaded env from D:\Node\nextjs\.env.local
event - compiled successfully
wait  - compiling...
event - compiled successfully
event - build page: /posts/env
wait  - compiling...
event - compiled successfully


Open http://localhost:3000/posts/env in a browser to see the following result -

Alright guys! This is where we are going to be rounding up for this tutorial. In our next tutorial, we are going to be studying about Next.js Deployment.

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