How to replace something hardcoded in the frontend with a configurable variable#

Pick a name for the environment variable you want to configure cove with. In this example we use MY_ENV_VAR.

Edit cove_project/

First, and add a line to the environ.Env:

env = environ.Env(
    # set casting, default value
    DB_NAME=(str, os.path.join(BASE_DIR, "db.sqlite3")),
    HOTJAR_ID=(str, ""),
    HOTJAR_SV=(str, ""),
    MY_ENV_VAR=(int, 0),

You must set a casting function (usually str or int, we’ve picked int for this example), and a default value (we’ve picked 0).

Next, map this to a variable within the settings file. Often this will have the same name as the environment variable:


Edit cove_project/, and add a mapping between the setting name, and what name you want use in the template: we’ve picked my_var.

def from_settings(request):
    return {
        'hotjar': settings.HOTJAR,
        'my_var': settings.MY_ENV_VAR,

Edit a template, and use the variable, e.g.:

My var is: {{ my_var }}
{% if my_var > 5 %}Big{% endif %}