Environment Variables

Understand how to use Environment Variables in ProcessMaker Platform.

What is an Environment Variable?

In ProcessMaker Platform, an Environment Variable is a secure, abstract proxy for any sensitive information that you need to use in a Process. Any Environment Variable can be re-used in any Process to abstract information securely throughout your organization.

You do not need to know the sensitive information that the Environment Value represents. The Process designer creates the placeholder for that sensitive information, and then the value for the Environment Value is entered or read via a Script during a Request.

Below are a few examples how to use Environment Variables:

  • A Request participant's username and password may be entered into a Screen as part of a Task that passes each Environment Variable's value securely to a third-party service.

  • A Request participant's credit card information securely interacts with an online payment processing service through multiple Environment Variables.

  • A Request participant's banking information securely interacts with a bank to make transactions securely while following compliance protocols.

ProcessMaker Platform has default Environment Variables:

Environment Variable



Domain for the ProcessMaker Platform instance.


ProcessMaker Platform instance API to which to make all our RESTful API calls.


Token a Script uses to authenticate to our API host. Note that this API token is only valid for the lifetime of the Script: after the Script runs and the Script Executor's Docker container from which that Script ran, its API token is no longer valid.

Use a Script to get the value of these Environment Variables. See Environment Variable Syntax, Usage, and Examples.

View All Environment Variables

ProcessMaker Platform displays all Environment Variables in one table that Process designers throughout your organization have created. Any Environment Variable can be used in any Process in your organization. Since Environment Variables are abstract proxies to securely maintain sensitive information during in-progress Requests, Process desgners who create or use Environment Variables in their Processes do not have access to that sensitive information. This makes it easy to manage sensitive information used in Requests.


Your user account or group membership must have the "Environment Variables: View Environment Variables" permission to view the list of Environment Variables unless your user account has the Make this user a Super Admin setting selected.

See the Environment Variable permissions or ask your Administrator for assistance.

Follow these steps to view all Environment Variables in your organization:

  1. Log on to ProcessMaker Platform.

  2. Click the Designer option from the top menu. The Designer Welcome Screen displays.

The Environment Variables page displays the following information in tabular format about Environment Variables:

  • Name: The Name column displays the name of the Environment Variable.

  • Description: The Description column displays the description about the Environment Variable.

  • Modified: The Modified column displays the date and time the Environment Variable was last modified. The time zone setting to display the time is according to the ProcessMaker Platform instance unless your user profile's Time zone setting is specified.

  • Created: The Created column displays the date and time the Environment Variable was created. The time zone setting to display the time is according to the ProcessMaker Platform instance unless your user profile's Time zone setting is specified.

The Google Place control adds a Environment Variable called GOOGLE_API_TOKEN that contains the Google API token. The Environment Variable does not require configuration or revision after it has been added to your ProcessMaker Platform instance. Please do not delete that Environment Variable: all Google Place controls added to Form-type Screens will no longer function if it is deleted.

Search for an Environment Variable

Use the Search setting to filter Environment Variables that display.

Create an Environment Variable

Click the +Environment Variable button. See Create a New Environment Variable.

Edit an Environment Variable

Use an Environment Variable in a Script

See Environment Variable Syntax, Usage, and Examples for how to use an Environment Variable in each programming language that ProcessMaker Platform supports.

Delete an Environment Variable

No Environment Variables?

If no Environment Variables exist, the following message displays: No Data Available.

Display Information the Way You Want It

Control how tabular information displays, including how to sort columns or how many items display per page.

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