Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· diasjorge

Integrating rvm with virtualenv

If you want to activate the virtualenv for your project when you change directories you can leverage rvm to do it.

Just execute the following:

touch ~/.rvm/hooks/after_cd_virtualenv
chmod +x ~/.rvm/hooks/after_cd_virtualenv

Then edit the file and paste this content:

#!/usr/bin/env bash

# Automatically activate Git projects' virtual environments based on the
# directory name of the project. Virtual environment name can be overridden
# by placing a .venv file in the project root with a virtualenv name in it
function workon_cwd {
    # Check that this is a Git repo
    GIT_DIR=`git rev-parse --git-dir 2> /dev/null`
    if [ $? == 0 ]; then
        if [ $GIT_DIR == ".git" ]; then
            PROJECT_ROOT=`dirname "$GIT_DIR"`
        ENV_NAME=`basename "$PROJECT_ROOT"`
        if [ -f "$PROJECT_ROOT/.venv" ]; then
            ENV_NAME=`cat "$PROJECT_ROOT/.venv"`
        # Activate the environment only if it is not already active
        if [ "$VIRTUAL_ENV" != "$WORKON_HOME/$ENV_NAME" ]; then
            if [ -e "$WORKON_HOME/$ENV_NAME/bin/activate" ]; then
                workon "$ENV_NAME" -n && export CD_VIRTUAL_ENV="$ENV_NAME"
    elif [ $CD_VIRTUAL_ENV ]; then
        # We've just left the repo, deactivate the environment
        # Note: this only happens if the virtualenv was activated automatically
        deactivate && unset CD_VIRTUAL_ENV


Now whenever you change to the directory it will look for a .venv file and use the content as the name, if it does not exist it will use the directory name of git root. If there's a virtualenv with that name then it will be activated.