Builds appropriate .env configs, detects current laravel environment, uses corresponding .env. Requires Laravel Framework 5 or 6.

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This is a simple environment detector made for working with multiple environments. This package should not need to be run very often, if at all after it's initial setup.

This is great for multiple environment setups.

Sometimes you don't want to save your .env files to your repository, in that case, add .env* to your .gitignore file.


This package is only available for Laravel Framework versions 5 & 6.


There are a couple steps necessary to get the environment detector up and running.


To install the package through composer:

composer require casperwilkes/laravel-environment_detector

Laravel Publish

Once you have installed through composer, you will want to publish the assets of the project

php artisan vendor:publish --tag=env-detector

This will publish the necessary bootstrap files and the config file.

The bootstrap file will be located at ./bootstrap/environment_detector.php.

The config will be at ./config/environment_detector.php

Check Config

After you've published your config file, you'll want to update it with your environments, and perspective short names.

By default, there are some environments already setup.

'environments' => [
        'local' => 'local',
        'dev' => 'localhost',
        'qa' => '',
        'stage' => '',
        'prod' => '',

You can use whatever short names you want to describe your environment stage. This will create the shortname for the .env files.

For the environment name, you'll want the machines hostname. You can run hostname from the command line to get it.

For example, if you had 2 production environments called prod_one, and prod_two, you would use those for the short name, and use the machine's hostname for the environment field.

'environments' => [
        'local' => 'local',
        'dev' => 'localhost',
        'prod_one' => '',
        'prod_two' => ''

Package Publish

After you've published the vendor assets, you will want to publish the package.

To publish the package, run:

php artisan envdetector:publish

This will create the necessary environment files, and update your App.php to require the environment_detector. A backup of your previous version of App.php will be backed up in the same directory.

This will work it's way through your environment_detector config, and create a .env file for each environment found.

So, for our previous example, we'll get 4 different .env files.

  • .env.local
  • .env.prod_one
  • .env.prod_two

Remove Package

If for whatever reason you wish to remove the package, you can un-publish the package.


php artisan envdetector:unpublish

This will remove the bootstrap files, the new config files, and restore your app from the backup process.

note: If no backup is found, it will attempt to remove the require statement from App.php.


There are a couple usage options for both the envdetector commands.


For the publish command, there are 3 options:

  • bootstrap (-b|--bootstrap)
    • this will backup App.php and add the require statement to bootstrap to load the correct .env file based on config.
  • configs (-c|--configs)
    • This will create the necessary .env.* config files based on the config file. They will be copied from the original .env file.
  • all (-a|--all), this will run all other options


For the bootstrap option, a backup copy of the original App.php is created and stored in the same directory. This will be used in case you've made previous changes to App.php, and you wish to revert back.

For the configs option, it will detect if a particular config already exists, and whether it should be overwritten. A prompt will appear asking for permission before assuming. If not configs are already setup, it will go ahead and create them. You can choose to overwrite all, or only some.

This is useful for when you've only added 1 or 2 new environments.

The original .env.example and .env will always remain untouched by this package.


For the un-publish command, there are 3 options:

  • bootstrap (-b|--bootstrap)
    • This will restore the App.php file to it's original contents.
  • configs (-c|--configs)
    • This will remove the config file, and all package created .env.* files.
  • all (-a|--all), this will run all other options