Automated Settings Management#

A great use-case for type-coercion is the automatic resolution of environment variables. Typical has your back with the typic.settings decorator:


Create a typed class which sets its defaults from env vars.

The resolution order of values is default(s) -> env value(s) -> passed value(s).

Settings instances are indistinguishable from other typical dataclasses at run-time and are frozen by default. If you really want your settings to be mutable, you may pass in frozen=False manually.


prefix: str = ‘’

A string which all the target variables with begin with, i.e., APP_

case_sensitive: bool = False

Whether to respect the case of environment variables.

frozen: bool = True

Whether the resulting dataclass should be immutable.

aliases: Mapping = None

A mapping of full-name aliases for the defined attributes. {‘other_foo’: ‘foo’} will locate the env var OTHER_FOO and place it on the attribute.

Environment variables are resolved at compile-time, so updating your env after your typed classes are loaded into the namespace will not work.

If you are using dotenv based configuration, you should read your dotenv file(s) into the env before initializing the module where your settings are located.

A structure might look like:

-- env/
..  -- .env.default
..  -- .env.local
..      ...
..  --  # load your dotenv files here
..  --  # define your classes

This will ensure your dotenv files are loaded into the environment before the Python interpreter parses & compiles your config classes, since the Python parser parses the init file before parsing anything else under the directory.

Using Settings
import os
import typic

os.environ['FOO'] = "1"

class Bar:
    foo: int

#> Bar(foo=1)

#> Bar(foo=3)

bar = Bar() = 2
#> Traceback (most recent call last):
#>   ...
#> dataclasses.FrozenInstanceError: cannot assign to field 'foo'

When the final dataclass is generated, all matching environment variables will be resolved as default values for the matching attribute (or a default factory in the case of a mutable default).

When the class itself is initialized, values passed in will override variables provided in your environment.