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apache - How to set global environment variables for PHP

Hey everyone,

I hope you're all doing well. I'm currently working on a project where I need to set global environment variables for PHP in Apache. I have been searching for information on how to do this, but I haven't been able to find a clear answer.

To provide you with some context, I have a PHP application that requires certain environment variables to be set at a global level. These variables need to be accessible by all scripts running on my Apache web server. I know how to set environment variables at a script level within PHP, but I'm not sure how to set them globally.

I would greatly appreciate it if someone could guide me on how to accomplish this. Specifically, I'm looking for instructions on how to set the environment variables within the Apache configuration file or any other appropriate method that achieves the same result.

Thank you in advance for your help and suggestions!

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forrest31

Hey,

I faced a similar challenge before, and after exploring various options, I found another approach that worked for me to set global environment variables for PHP in an Apache setup.

Instead of modifying the Apache configuration file directly, I leveraged the `.htaccess` file located in the root directory of my website. Here's what I did:

1. Open the `.htaccess` file in a text editor, or create one if it doesn't exist in your website's root directory.

2. Add the following line to the `.htaccess` file, replacing `MY_VAR` with the desired variable name and `example` with the value you want to assign:


SetEnv MY_VAR example


3. Save the changes to the `.htaccess` file.

4. Restart the Apache server to apply the modifications. Ensure you have the necessary permissions to do so.

By using this method, I was able to set global environment variables specific to my PHP application without directly modifying the Apache configuration file. The variables defined in the `.htaccess` file were available to all PHP scripts within the website.

Please note, however, that the availability and usage of `.htaccess` files might vary based on your server configuration. Make sure that your Apache server is configured to allow the use of `.htaccess` files.

I hope this alternative method proves helpful for you. If you have any further queries or need additional assistance, feel free to ask.

kub.haven

Hi there,

I had a similar requirement a while ago and managed to set global environment variables for PHP in Apache by modifying the Apache configuration file. Here's what worked for me:

1. Open the Apache configuration file, which is usually located at `/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf` on Linux or `C:\Apache\conf\httpd.conf` on Windows. You might need administrative access to modify this file.

2. Look for the section that starts with `<IfModule env_module>` and ends with `</IfModule>`. This section deals with the environment variables.

3. Within that section, you can set your environment variables using the `SetEnv` directive. For example, if you want to set a variable named `MY_VAR` with a value of `example`, you can add the following line:


SetEnv MY_VAR example


4. Save the changes and restart the Apache server for the modifications to take effect.

Once you've set the environment variables in the Apache configuration, they should be accessible by any PHP script running under Apache. You can use the `getenv()` function in PHP to retrieve the values.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions or if there's anything else I can assist you with.

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