Electron VS dotenv

Compare Electron vs dotenv and see what are their differences.


:electron: Build cross-platform desktop apps with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS (by electron)


A Ruby gem to load environment variables from `.env`. (by bkeepers)
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Electron dotenv
112 7
99,167 5,968
0.5% -
9.9 4.1
1 day ago 4 days ago
C++ Ruby
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Electron. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-11-25.


Posts with mentions or reviews of dotenv. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-05-30.
  • Uploading Project to AWS Elastic Beanstalk Error
    1 project | reddit.com/r/rails | 23 Sep 2021
    It's a file where you define environment variables for your project. It's usually managed by some gem/library. Ie if you're using Ruby then it's probably https://github.com/bkeepers/dotenv
  • How to get better at Ruby scripting?
    4 projects | reddit.com/r/ruby | 30 May 2021
    Decompose configuration settings into something like .env in your development environment versus hard coding things inline, e.g. server urls, ip addresses. This way when you go to production they can be read from the environment which your orchestration, e.g. docker, puppet, ansible, will bootstrap.
  • My favorite way to manage config file (javascript example)
    4 projects | dev.to | 10 May 2021
    // environments.js // Inspiration from https://github.com/facebook/create-react-app/blob/master/packages/react-scripts/config/env.js const fs = require('fs') const path = require('path') const dotenv = require('dotenv') const dotenvExpand = require('dotenv-expand') if (!process.env.NODE_ENV) { process.env.NODE_ENV = 'development' } function getEnvPath() { return path.resolve(__dirname, '../', '.env') } function getNodeEnv() { return process.env.NODE_ENV.trim() } // https://github.com/bkeepers/dotenv#what-other-env-files-can-i-use const dotenvFiles = [ `${getEnvPath()}.${getNodeEnv()}.local`, // Don't include `.env.local` for `test` environment // since normally you expect tests to produce the same // results for everyone getNodeEnv() !== 'test' && `${getEnvPath()}.local`, `${getEnvPath()}.${getNodeEnv()}`, getEnvPath(), ].filter(Boolean) // Load environment variables from .env* files. Suppress warnings using silent // if this file is missing. dotenv will never modify any environment variables // that have already been set. Variable expansion is supported in .env files. // https://github.com/motdotla/dotenv // https://github.com/motdotla/dotenv-expand dotenvFiles.forEach(dotenvFile => { if (fs.existsSync(dotenvFile)) { dotenvExpand( dotenv.config({ path: dotenvFile, }) ) } })
  • 10 Signs of a good Ruby on Rails Developer
    10 projects | dev.to | 15 Apr 2021
    You should not commit such credentials/secrets/environment variables to the Github instead you keep them secure with gems like dotenv-rails, figaro or simple dot files that are not committed to the repository.
  • RFC 8959: The “secret-token” URI Scheme
    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 31 Jan 2021
    Unfortunately, there is tooling, and a subculture that builds tooling, that uses configuration files in the same directory as the source code.

    Say you're deploying with cool-deploy-tool. cool-deploy-tool finds the password for the server by looking for a file called "Coolfile" in the project root. You have to create that file to use it. Now you have a footgun lying around.

    I associate this stuff with the Ruby community, but it's spread far and wide, notably to the Node and Go communities, which i think have large Ruby emigrant communities.

    As a prototypal example, consider dotenv, which began in Ruby:


    And has travelled to Node:


    And Go:


  • Ghostbusters on Rails
    2 projects | dev.to | 24 Jan 2021
    This is very similar to Sinatra in the way that you use sessions to store a user_id after verifying with bcrypt. But, for this app I needed to have a third party log in. I love Google and all of its googliness. So I chose to use Google to log in with. Now this wasn't so easy. The first thing to do is to get a developer profile with google, and add the required gems into the app. Omniauth and Dotenv are a must. You will need to create a project and add the allowed URI's to it. Then you get a ID and secret for your project. After putting the ID and secret into the env file your can setup the controller and route to handle the login request.
  • Bridgetown and Environment Variables
    1 project | dev.to | 7 Dec 2020
    I usually make Rails applications, and with Rails applications I usually use dotenv. This allows me to have a .env file that gets loaded when my Rails app boots. In Rails-land, we can use dotenv-rails which will hook into the application boot process and bootstrap our environment variables for us. This mostly works fine, but you can mess with it if you need to. Yay for Rails, I guess.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Electron and dotenv you can also consider the following projects:

Figaro - Simple Rails app configuration

jsdom - A JavaScript implementation of various web standards, for use with Node.js

cheerio - Fast, flexible, and lean implementation of core jQuery designed specifically for the server.

opencv - OpenCV Bindings for node.js

RailsConfig - Easiest way to add multi-environment yaml settings to Rails, Sinatra, Pandrino and other Ruby projects.

dotenv - Loads environment variables from .env for nodejs projects.

Faker.js - generate massive amounts of realistic fake data in Node.js and the browser

webworker-threads - Lightweight Web Worker API implementation with native threads

react-native - A framework for building native applications using React


ssh2 - SSH2 client and server modules written in pure JavaScript for node.js

ENVied - Ensures presence and type of your app's ENV-variables (mirror)