Statamic utilizes standard Laravel config files and environment variables for most application-level configuration settings.

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Config Files

Statamic’s main config files can be found in config/statamic/. They are simple PHP files, organized by area of responsibility.

├── config/statamic/
│   ├── amp.php
│   ├── api.php
│   ├── assets.php
│   ├── cp.php
│   ├── forms.php
│   ├── live_preview.php
│   ├── oauth.php
│   ├── protect.php
│   ├── revisions.php
│   ├── routes.php
│   ├── search.php
│   ├── sites.php
│   ├── stache.php
│   ├── static_caching.php
│   ├── system.php
│   ├── theming.php
│   └── users.php

Environment Variables

It is often helpful to have different configuration setting based on the environment where the site is running. For example, you may wish to enable debug mode on your local server but not your production server (a good idea indeed).

In a fresh Statamic installation you’ll find an .env.example file in the root directory of your site. If you install Statamic via Composer, this file will automatically be renamed to .env. Otherwise, you should rename the file manually.

Environment Variable Types

All variables in your .env files are parsed as strings. Some specific values are reserved to allow you to return a wider range of types:

.env Value Parsed Value
true (bool) true
(true) (bool) true
false (bool) false
(false) (bool) false
empty (string) ''
(empty) (string) ''
null (null) null
(null) (null) null

If you need to define an environment variable with a value that contains space, you may do so by enclosing the value in double quotes.

APP_NAME="New Statamic Site"

Retrieving Environment Variables

All of the variables listed in this file are available in your config files by using the env() helper function. An optional second argument allows you to pass a default value.

// config/statamic/app.php
'awesome' => env('ENABLE_AWESOME', true),

Once passed into a config file, you can use the variable in your templates with the {{ config }} tag.

// To retrieve the above 'awesome' value...
{{ config:app:awesome }}

Don’t version your .env file

Your .env file should not be committed to version control because each developer or server running your application may require a different environment configuration. Not only that, but it could be a security risk in the event an intruder gains access to your version control repository because any sensitive credentials (API keys, for example) would be visible.

Hiding Environment Variables from Debug Pages

When an exception is uncaught and the APP_DEBUG environment variable is true, the debug page will show all environment variables and their contents. You may obscure variables by updating the debug_blacklist option in your config/app.php config file.

return [

    // ...

    'debug_blacklist' => [
        '_ENV' => [

        '_SERVER' => [

        '_POST' => [

Learn more about environment configuration in the Laravel docs.

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