Interpolation of Values

On top of the core functionality, PlatformIO supports interpolation. It enables values to contain format strings which refer to other values from foreign sections.

Interpolation has the next syntax – ${<section>.<option>}, where <section> is a value from [<section>] group, and <option> is a first item from pair <option> = value.




Embed system environment variable by a name. For example, ${sysenv.HOME} refers to user home directory on Unix machine


Embed value from Section [platformio]. For example, ${platformio.packages_dir} refers to a path of packages_dir


Embed default value from Section [env]. For example, ${env.debug_build_flags} refers to the default debugging flags.


Embed value from another section. For example, ${extra.lib_deps} embeds library dependencies declared in the section named extra.

  • Interpolation can span multiple levels

  • Interpolation can be applied only for the option’s value

  • Multiple interpolations are allowed

  • The Section [platformio] and Section [env] sections are reserved and could not be used as a custom section. Some good section names might be extra or custom.


If you need to share common configuration options between build environments, please take a look at “Global scope” in Section [env] or extends option which allows extending of other sections.


; COMMON options
; Each "[env:***]" extends this "[env]" by default
framework = arduino
build_flags = -D VERSION=1.2.3

; CUSTOM options
; You need manually inject these options into a section
; using ${extra.<name_of_option>} (see below)
lib_deps_builtin =
lib_deps_external =

platform = atmelavr
board = uno
lib_deps =

platform = espressif8266
board = nodemcuv2
build_flags = ${env.build_flags} -Wall
lib_deps =
  knolleary/PubSubClient @ ~2.6
  paulstoffregen/OneWire @ ^2.3.5

; Keep sensitive data in environment variables
; Unix
; export WIFI_SSID='\"my\ ssid\ name\"'
; export WIFI_PASS='\"my\ password\"'
; Windows
; set WIFI_SSID='"my ssid name"'
; set WIFI_PASS='"my password"'

extends = env:nodemcuv2
platform = espressif32
board = esp32dev
build_flags =


Be careful with special characters in system environment variables on Unix systems, especially when they are used as the value for preprocessor directives. Symbols like $, &, ~, etc must be explicitly escaped, for example:

export WIFI_PASS='\"my\~p\&a\\\$\$\$\$word\"'