Database Connection Settings
Craft supports several database connection settings that give you control over how Craft connects to the database.
Ultimately, database connection settings must be set from
config/db.php, but we recommend you initially set them as environment variables (such as in your
.env file), and then pull the environment variable value into
config/db.php using getenv().
For example, in a new Craft 3 project, your
.env file should define these environment variables:
ENVIRONMENT="dev" SECURITY_KEY="" DB_DRIVER="mysql" DB_SERVER="localhost" DB_USER="root" DB_PASSWORD="" DB_DATABASE="" DB_SCHEMA="public" DB_TABLE_PREFIX="" DB_PORT=""
The variables that start with
DB_ are database connection settings, and they get pulled into
config/db.php like this:
return [ 'driver' => getenv('DB_DRIVER'), 'server' => getenv('DB_SERVER'), 'user' => getenv('DB_USER'), 'password' => getenv('DB_PASSWORD'), 'database' => getenv('DB_DATABASE'), 'schema' => getenv('DB_SCHEMA'), 'tablePrefix' => getenv('DB_TABLE_PREFIX'), 'port' => getenv('DB_PORT') ];
We recommend this environment variable approach for two reasons:
- It keeps sensitive information out of your project’s codebase. (
.envfiles should never be shared or committed to Git.)
- It makes collaborating with other developers easier, as each developer can define their own settings without overwriting someone else’s settings.
Here’s the full list of database connection settings that Craft supports:
An array of key => value pairs of PDO attributes to pass into the PDO constructor.
For example, when using the MySQL PDO driver (http://php.net/manual/en/ref.pdo-mysql.php),
if you wanted to enable a SSL database connection (assuming SSL is enabled in MySQL
can connect via SSL, you'd set these:
[ PDO::MYSQL_ATTR_SSL_KEY => '/path/to/my/client-key.pem', PDO::MYSQL_ATTR_SSL_CERT => '/path/to/my/client-cert.pem', PDO::MYSQL_ATTR_SSL_CA => '/path/to/my/ca-cert.pem', ],
The charset to use when creating tables.
The name of the database to select.
The database driver to use. Either 'mysql' for MySQL or 'pgsql' for PostgreSQL.
If you want to manually specify your PDO DSN connection string you can do so here.
- MySQL: http://php.net/manual/en/ref.pdo-mysql.connection.php
- PostgreSQL: http://php.net/manual/en/ref.pdo-pgsql.connection.php If you set this, then the server, port, user, password, database, driver and unixSocket config settings will be ignored.
The database password to connect with.
The database server port. Defaults to 3306 for MySQL and 5432 for PostgreSQL.
The schema that Postgres is configured to use by default (PostgreSQL only).
The database server name or IP address. Usually 'localhost' or '127.0.0.1'.
If you're sharing Craft installs in a single database (MySQL) or a single database and using a shared schema (PostgreSQL), then you can set a table prefix here to avoid table naming conflicts per install. This can be no more than 5 characters, and must be all lowercase.
MySQL only. If this is set, then the CLI connection string (used for yiic) will connect to the Unix socket, instead of the server and port. If this is specified, then 'server' and 'port' settings are ignored.
The database connection URL, if one was provided by your hosting environment.
The database username to connect with.