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Andreas Bergström
Andreas Bergström

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How to make VS Code read dotenv file when debugging

Today I got stuck trying to figure out why the JS-debugger in Visual Studio Code didn't pick up my environment variables. I use the dotenv-package when running Node outside of its Docker-container, so somehow adding -r dotenv/config to the command being executed seemed like the obvious solution.

It turns out the correct way is through the envFile attribute in the task configuration. This is how my task configuration looks now:

  "version": "0.2.0",
  "configurations": [
      "type": "node",
      "stopOnEntry": false,
      "envFile": "${workspaceFolder}/.env",
      "request": "launch",
      "name": "Launch Program",
      "skipFiles": ["<node_internals>/**"],
      "program": "${workspaceFolder}/src/app.js"

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I thought this should be mentioned with the most common examples in the docs so I created a Pull Request to add this.

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Andreas Bergström

Hope this still works!