I want to evaluate a variable, whose name will need to dynamically evaluate another varuiable, i.e. the var ENVIRONMENT can be either prod, stg, or test, so I have 3 urls:


so I want to retrieve say the value of URL_STG.

The following does not work

echo $"URL_${ENVIRONMENT^^}"

Using a recent bash or ksh93, create an associative array to hold the URLs:

URL=( [prod]=https://myproduction.com
      [test]=https://mytest.com )


echo "${URL[$url_type]}"

This will output the testing URL.


Besides the associative arrays' related answer proposed by @Kusalananda I also came up with this:


What works for me is:

eval echo \$URL_${ENVIRONMENT^^}
  • The problem with this is that the value of $ENVIRONMENT has to be sanitized first. If the value is, for example, test;>file, your code will create a file called FILE in the current directory. – Kusalananda Feb 23 '18 at 11:03
  • @Kusalananda - That's a theoretical that isn't relevant to the questioner's use-case. He's (seems to be) processing selecting from a list of URLs. – user1404316 Feb 23 '18 at 11:15
  • That's absolutely true. If one has full control over the contents of the strings that one runs eval over, then there is no problem. – Kusalananda Feb 23 '18 at 11:17

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