Easily set environment variables to your Laravel project, speed-up deployment with per-environment settings

1.0.7 2014-01-22 15:22 UTC


A very simple utility to set a environment variables file for your Laravel project.

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Require this package in your composer.json and run composer update. Or run composer require lucasmichot/laravel-ide-laraveldotenv:dev-master directly.

"require": {
    "lucasmichot/laraveldotenv": "dev-master"

After running composer update, add the LaraveldotenvServiceProvider at the bottom of the Providers array in app/config/app.php:

'providers' => array(
    //  ...


Place a file called .env at the root of your Laravel project folder, so that .env and server.php files are in the same folder.

You can put all the required environment variable with this .env file, respecting the following syntax: ENV_KEY=ENV_VALUE. In this example we set environment variables for MySQL database configuration and access:

Content of .env file:


Keys and values are automatically recognized and processed so than you could even write your .env file this way and get the same result as above:

DB_HOST   =    localhost
DB_NAME=  "database-name"

DB_PASS=    password

Then in your database.php config file, you can use the existing variables in $_ENV array:

'mysql' => array(
    'driver'    => 'mysql',
    'host'      => $_ENV['DB_HOST'],
    'database'  => $_ENV['DB_NAME'],
    'username'  => $_ENV['DB_USER'],
    'password'  => $_ENV['DB_PASS'],
    'charset'   => 'utf8',
    'collation' => 'utf8_unicode_ci',
    'prefix'    => '',


Keep in mind that this .env file must shall not be committed in your repository and must be excluded from release archive. Ensure to add .env to your .gitignore file.

To ensure this file will not be available in the the release archive, simply add .env export-ignore to your .gitattributes file.


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Released under the MIT License - see LICENSE.txt for details.