YAML config file with environment variables

import os
import re
import yaml
def parse_config(path=None, data=None, tag='!ENV'):
Load a yaml configuration file and resolve any environment variables
The environment variables must have !ENV before them and be in this format
to be parsed: ${VAR_NAME}.
host: !ENV ${HOST}
port: !ENV ${PORT}
log_path: !ENV '/var/${LOG_PATH}'
something_else: !ENV '${AWESOME_ENV_VAR}/var/${A_SECOND_AWESOME_VAR}'
:param str path: the path to the yaml file
:param str data: the yaml data itself as a stream
:param str tag: the tag to look for
:return: the dict configuration
:rtype: dict[str, T]
# pattern for global vars: look for ${word}
pattern = re.compile('.*?\${(\w+)}.*?')
loader = yaml.SafeLoader
# the tag will be used to mark where to start searching for the pattern
# e.g. somekey: !ENV somestring${MYENVVAR}blah blah blah
loader.add_implicit_resolver(tag, pattern, None)
def constructor_env_variables(loader, node):
Extracts the environment variable from the node's value
:param yaml.Loader loader: the yaml loader
:param node: the current node in the yaml
:return: the parsed string that contains the value of the environment
value = loader.construct_scalar(node)
match = pattern.findall(value) # to find all env variables in line
if match:
full_value = value
for g in match:
full_value = full_value.replace(
f'${{{g}}}', os.environ.get(g, g)
return full_value
return value
loader.add_constructor(tag, constructor_env_variables)
if path:
with open(path) as conf_data:
return yaml.load(conf_data, Loader=loader)
elif data:
return yaml.load(data, Loader=loader)
raise ValueError('Either a path or data should be defined as input')

Example of a YAML configuration with environment variables:

name: database_name
user: !ENV ${DB_USER}
password: !ENV ${DB_PASS}
host: !ENV ${DB_HOST}
port: 5432ws:
user: !ENV ${WS_USER}
password: !ENV ${WS_PASS}
host: !ENV ‘https://${CURR_ENV}.ws.com.local'


Read from file
Read from string
Read from file
CONFIG = parse_config(path='config.yaml')
Read from string
content = """
name: database_name
user: !ENV ${DB_USER}
password: !ENV ${DB_PASS}
CONFIG = parse_config(data=content)