Laravel 5.2 not reading env file

04/16/2020 15:00:01

After upgrading to Laravel 5.2, none of my .env file values are being read. I followed the upgrade instructions; none of my config files were changed except auth.php. They were all working fine in previous version, 5.1.19

.env contains values such as


config/database.php contains

'mysql' => [
    'database' => env('DB_DATABASE', 'forge'),
    'username' => env('DB_USERNAME', 'forge'),

I get this error:

PDOException: SQLSTATE[HY000] [1045] Access denied for user 'forge'@'localhost' (using password: NO)

Clearly not pulling in my env config. This is affecting every single one of my config files, including third party such as bugsnag.

I also tried

php artisan config:clear
php artisan cache:clear


Trying php artisan tinker

>>> env('DB_DATABASE')
=> null
>>> getenv('DB_DATABASE')
=> false
>>> config('database.connections.mysql.database')
=> "forge"
>>> dd($_ENV)

I have tried installing a fresh copy of Laravel 5.2. I basically only copied in my app folder; no additional composer packages are included. Still having the same issue. I have other Laravel 5.2 projects on the same server that are working fine.

Verified Answer (38 Votes)

12/23/2015 00:38:46

Wow. Good grief. It's because I had an env value with a space in it, not surrounded by quotes


SITE_NAME=My website

Changed to this

SITE_NAME="My website"

Fixed it. I think this had to do with Laravel 5.2 now upgrading vlucas/phpdotenv from 1.1.1 to 2.1.0


Answer #2 (83 Votes)

04/22/2016 13:46:23

From the official Laravel 5.2 Upgrade Notes:

If you are using the config:cache command during deployment, you must make sure that you are only calling the env function from within your configuration files, and not from anywhere else in your application.

If you are calling env from within your application, it is strongly recommended you add proper configuration values to your configuration files and call env from that location instead, allowing you to convert your env calls to config calls.



Answer #3 (76 Votes)

03/13/2016 10:42:55

If any of your .env variables contains white space, make sure you wrap them in double-quotes. For example:

SITE_NAME="My website"

Don't forget to clear your cache before testing:

php artisan config:cache
php artisan config:clear
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