Using environment variables in pipelines

How to set and use environment variables in Kubeflow pipelines

This page describes how to pass environment variables to Kubeflow pipeline components.

Before you start

Set up your environment:

Using environment variables

In this example, you pass an environment variable to a lightweight Python component, which writes the variable’s value to the log.

Learn more about lightweight Python components

To build a component, define a stand-alone Python function and then call kfp.components.func_to_container_op(func) to convert the function to a component that can be used in a pipeline. The following function gets an environment variable and writes it to the log.

def logg_env_function():
  import os
  import logging
  env_variable = os.getenv('example_env')'The environment variable is: {}'.format(env_variable))

Transform the function into a component using kfp.components.func_to_container_op(func).

image_name = 'tensorflow/tensorflow:1.11.0-py3'
logg_env_function_op = comp.func_to_container_op(logg_env_function,

Add this component to a pipeline. Use add_env_variable to pass an environment variable into the component. This code is the same no matter if your using python lightweight components or a container operation.

import kfp.dsl as dsl
from kubernetes.client.models import V1EnvVar

  name='Env example',
  description='A pipeline showing how to use environment variables'
def environment_pipeline():
  env_var = V1EnvVar(name='example_env', value='env_variable')
  #Returns a dsl.ContainerOp class instance. 
  container_op = logg_env_function_op().add_env_variable(env_var) 

To pass more environment variables into a component, add more instances of add_env_variable(). Use the following command to run this pipeline using the Kubeflow Pipelines SDK.

#Specify pipeline argument values
arguments = {}

#Submit a pipeline run