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Add .env support to Laravel 4

It’s very easy to port Laravel 5’s way of handling environment files to Laravel 4.

You’ve got to require this package (it’s that one that L5 uses):

composer require vlucas/phpdotenv

And then you should update bootstrap/start.php:

$dotEnv = new Dotenv\Dotenv(__DIR__ . '/../');

$env = $app->detectEnvironment(function () {
return getenv('APP_ENV') ?: 'production';

And boom, done! Now you can use an .env-file instead of .env.php.

Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band. He loves waffles and butterflies.