OpenShift Environment Variables

Available OpenShift Environment Variables

OpenShift has a few environment variables to make it easy for your to configure your application to run properly. The following tables show the variables, some examples of what the value would be, and what you might use them for.

Depending on what extra cartridges you have enabled in your application, you may have more or less available variables. Also, values may be slightly different for similar types of cartridges (for instance, if you have a PostgreSQL database as opposed to MySQL).

If you'd like to see the exact values for your application, there are two ways you can see your available variables.

  1. Add `export` to your .openshift/action_hooks/build file and push a new commit. You will be able to see the variables in your git output (they will all start with "remote: declare -x").
  2. SSH into your application and run `env`


These variables provide some information about your application.

Variable Name Example Purpose
OPENSHIFT_APP_DNS The fully-qualified domain name for your application
OPENSHIFT_APP_NAME appname Your application's name
OPENSHIFT_APP_UUID 0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef The UUID your application runs as (32 hex characters)
OPENSHIFT_<cartridge>_IP The IP address your application will listen on
OPENSHIFT_<cartridge>_PORT 8080 The port your application will receive requests from


These directories are where your application lives on OpenShift. Please remember that the only directory that is guaranteed to never be deleted is your `OPENSHIFT_DATA_DIR`.

Variable Name Example Purpose
OPENSHIFT_DATA_DIR $OPENSHIFT_HOMEDIR/app-root/data/ A persistent directory for your data
OPENSHIFT_<cartridge>_LOG_DIR $OPENSHIFT_HOMEDIR/<cartridge>/logs/ Where your cartridge-specific logs are stored.
OPENSHIFT_<database>_DB_LOG_DIR $OPENSHIFT_HOMEDIR/<database>/log/ Where your database-specific logs are stored.
OPENSHIFT_REPO_DIR $OPENSHIFT_HOMEDIR/app-root/runtime/repo/ Repository containing the currently deployed version (of the application)
OPENSHIFT_TMP_DIR /tmp/ A temporary directory you can use. Even though the path is just `/tmp`, the magic of SELinux protects your data from other users


These variables pertain to your database (if you have one) and are used to connect your application to your database 1. The exact variable names depend upon the database type; the value of <database> will be MONGODB, MYSQL, or POSTGRESQL as appropriate 2.

Variable Name Example Purpose
OPENSHIFT_<database>_DB_HOST The hostname or IP address to use to connect to your database
OPENSHIFT_<database>_DB_PORT 3306 The port your database server is listening on
OPENSHIFT_<database>_DB_USERNAME admin Your database administrative username
OPENSHIFT_<database>_DB_PASSWORD 8ddTnst22X3Y Your database administrative user's password
OPENSHIFT_<database>_DB_SOCKET $OPENSHIFT_HOMEDIR/mysql-5.1/socket/mysql.sock A AF socket you can use to connect to your database 3
OPENSHIFT_<database>_DB_URL mysql://admin:8ddTnst22X3Y@ Database connection URL you can use to connect to your database


If your application includes Jenkins, you will have access to these variables as well.

Variable Name Example Purpose
JENKINS_USERNAME system_builder System builder account on the jenkins server
JENKINS_PASSWORD RnmXQlavsb4f Password for the system builder account on the jenkins server
JENKINS_URL DNS name for the associated jenkins server (where builds get done)

Gear Information

These variables will be used if you have a scaling application.

Variable Name Example Purpose
OPENSHIFT_GEAR_DNS The fully-qualified domain name for this gear
OPENSHIFT_GEAR_NAME gearname This gear's name
OPENSHIFT_GEAR_UUID 0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef The UUID for this gear


  1. These connections are only available to your application internally, so you cannot connect from the outside.
  2. With the exception of SOCKET, since Mongo only uses AF_INET sockets
  3. Not available on scaled applications