OS X: Setting system-wide environment variables

I believe up until Yosemite, I didn’t have issues setting up environmental variables (i.e. JAVA_HOME) via my .bash_profile. As I upgraded, that no longer worked, so I found another way: use a custom .plist in your LaunchAgents folder:

  1. Go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents
  2. Add something like the below and then reboot, or unload-load it via launchctl unload
  3. That’s it!
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
    <plist version="1.0">
        <string>launchctl setenv APPS_CONFIG '/Users/anton/box/Source/apps_config' | launchctl setenv CATALINA_BASE '/usr/local/Cellar/tomcat7/7.0.63/libexec' | launchctl setenv CATALINA_HOME $CATALINA_BASE | launchctl setenv HOMEBREW_GITHUB_API_TOKEN 'b20aeb90b4d0cbc8352bdc6059073b7be473e4e3' | launchctl setenv JAVA_HOME '/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_51.jdk/Contents/Home/' | launchctl setenv M2_HOME $'/usr/local/Cellar/maven@3.2/3.2.5/libexec' | launchctl setenv GATLING_HOME '/usr/local/Cellar/gatling/2.1.7/'</string>

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