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pygsheets – Using dotenv instead of json file

Connecting to gsheets: the usual way would be to run gc = pygsheets.authorize() with the creds.json file in the same root folder as the script (folder structure below)

├── creds.json

Would like to use service_account_env_var instead of using a json file

The creds.json file looks something like this:

    "token": null, 
    "refresh_token": "token", 
    "id_token": null, 
    "token_uri": "token_uri", 
    "client_id": "", 
    "client_secret": "secret"

How would I create a .env file with the credentials in the json file ?

As per the pygsheets docs:
pygsheets – Environment variables

This assumes you have set an environment variable key GDRIVE_API_CREDENTIALS set with the value of the Service Account .json file described in the above Service Account section.

Unfortunately, there was no guidance as to how one would set the environment variable.
I was thinking along the lines of:

Create the .env file (am really not sure how to express json in env file format so wrapping the individual key:value pairs in {}…) :

# .env
token = null
refresh_token = token
id_token = null
token_uri = token_uri
client_id =
client_secret = secret }

Create a


from dotenv import load_dotenv

import os
creds = os.getenv('GDRIVE_API_CREDENTIALS')

pygsheets.authorize(service_account_env_var = creds)

The end result would be successful connection when creds is supplied as an arg to service_account_env_var

One reply on “pygsheets – Using dotenv instead of json file”

import json

“token”: null,
“refresh_token”: “token”,
“id_token”: null,
“token_uri”: “token_uri”,
“client_id”: “”,
“client_secret”: “secret”

running this code will output a string that can be used in your env file

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