I’ve been using the Heroku CLI without issue for quite a while. However, today when I went to create a scheduled task I received an error, and quickly realized I was getting the same error even when just trying to login:

C:\WINDOWS\system32> heroku login
 !    ENOENT: ENOENT: no such file or directory, open 'H:\_netrc'

The H drive on my Windows 10 PC is a home drive mapped by active directory. After reading through the netrc documentation, I found that the default location of the netrc file on Windows is:

%NETRC%\_netrc, %HOME%\_netrc, %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%\_netrc, or %USERPROFILE%\_netrc (whichever is set first).

Obviously for me that happened to be the %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%\_netrc. To change which location is being used you either need to set the environmental variable for %NETRC% or %HOME%, for example:


Which sets the %HOME% environmental variable to your user profile. Now, if your home folder disconnects, Heroku CLI auth will continue to work.