Gradle Goodness: Passing Environment Variable Via Delegate Run Action In IntelliJ IDEA

IntelliJ IDEA 2016.3 introduced the option to delegate the run action to Gradle. This means when we have a run Configuration for our Java or Groovy classes we can use the Run action and IDEA will use Gradle to run the application. Actually IntelliJ IDEA creates a new task of type JavaExec dynamically for our specific run configuration with the main property set to the class we want to run.

In the Edit Configuration dialog window we can set the command line argument and Java system properties. These are passed on to the dynamically created JavaExec task and are accessible from within the class that runs. The environment variables that can be set in the Edit Configuration dialog windows are not passed to the JavaExec task configuration. But we can do it ourselves in the build script file of our project. We look for the dynamically created task and use the environment method to add a environment variable that can be access in the Java or Groovy class that is executed.

We start our example with a simple Groovy class that can be executed using JavaExec. We simply print out the given input arguments, all Java system properties that start with sampleApp and finally all environment variables that start with SAMPLE_APP:

We create a new Run/Debug Configuration for our SampleApp class:

When we click on OK to save the configuration we are ready to use the Run ‘SampleApp’ action. When we look at the output we get the following result:

Notice the Gradle tasks that are invoked and the dynamically created run SampleApp task. We see our Java system property is passed on, together with the program arguments. The environment variable is not passed on. We must add some extra configuration to the dynamically created task run Sample in our build.gradle file:

Now we re-run our application and we get the following output:

Written with IntelliJ IDEA 2016.3 and Gradle 3.2.1.

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My name is Hubert A. Klein Ikkink also known as mrhaki. I work at the great IT company JDriven. Here I work on projects with Groovy & Grails, Gradle and Spring. At JDriven we focus on SpringSource technologies. All colleagues want to learn new technologies, support craftmanship and are very eager to learn. This is truly a great environment to work in. You can contact me via Google+ or @mrhaki.

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