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Environments allow you to use different values in your website depending on where it is deployed. For example, you could use a different CDN for your development, staging and production sites.

To change the environment for your site:

  1. Go to the Site Settings / Build section
  2. Enter your new environment the JEKYLL_ENV field under Environment Variables
  3. Click Update Build Details

CloudCannon defaults to production. Running Jekyll locally defaults to development.

To change the environment on your local machine, set it before running Jekyll:

$ JEKYLL_ENV=production bundle exec jekyll serve

Jekyll exposes the environment with jekyll.environment. You can use this to create separate configurations.

Here’s a short example using variables from _config.yml:

  asset_url: "http://localhost:1337/"
  app_url: "http://localhost:3000/"

  asset_url: ""
  app_url: ""

  asset_url: ""
  app_url: ""
<!DOCTYPE html>

    <title>Environment Test</title>
    <p>Environment: {{ jekyll.environment }}</p>

    <p>Asset URL: {{ site[jekyll.environment].asset_url }}</p>
    <p>App URL: {{ site[jekyll.environment].app_url }}</p>

    <p>Development Asset URL: {{ site.development.asset_url }}</p>
    <p>Production Asset URL: {{ site.production.asset_url }}</p>
    <p>Staging Asset URL: {{ site.staging.asset_url }}</p>

    <p>Development App URL: {{ site.development.app_url }}</p>
    <p>Staging App URL: {{ site.staging.app_url }}</p>
    <p>Production App URL: {{ site.production.app_url }}</p>

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