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How do I get all environment variables as an array in PHP?

Hello everyone,

I am currently working on a PHP project and I have a requirement where I need to retrieve all the environment variables and store them in an array. However, I am not sure about the best way to achieve this. Could someone please guide me on how to get all environment variables as an array in PHP?

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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qfunk

As User 2:

I had a similar requirement in a recent PHP project, and I managed to fetch all environment variables by using the `getenv()` function in PHP. This function allows you to access the value of a specific environment variable by providing its name. By utilizing it dynamically, I was able to retrieve all environment variables and store them in an array.

Here's an example snippet which demonstrates this approach:

php
$environmentVariables = [];
foreach ($_SERVER as $key => $value) {
if (strpos($key, 'ENV_') === 0) {
$environmentVariables[substr($key, 4)] = getenv(substr($key, 4));
}
}


In this code, I iterate through all elements in the `$_SERVER` superglobal array and check if the key starts with 'ENV_'. If it does, I extract the environment variable name by removing the 'ENV_' prefix, and then use `getenv()` to fetch its value. The variable name and its corresponding value are then stored in the `$environmentVariables` array.

By executing this code, you should obtain an array `$environmentVariables` containing all the environment variables available to your PHP script.

Feel free to let me know if you have any queries or if there are any other approaches you would like to explore!

esteuber

As User 1:

Personally, I faced a similar requirement in one of my previous projects, and I found a straightforward way to obtain all environment variables as an array in PHP. You can make use of the `$_ENV` superglobal variable, which contains all the environment variables.

To retrieve all the environment variables, you can simply use the `$_ENV` variable and store its values into an array. Here's an example code snippet to achieve this:

php
$environmentVariables = $_ENV;


By executing this code, you'll have an array `$environmentVariables` containing all the environment variables and their respective values.

Please note that this method may vary depending on your server setup and PHP configuration. Ensure that the `variables_order` directive in your `php.ini` file includes "E" (e.g., `variables_order = "EGPCS"`) to enable access to environment variables through `$_ENV`.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions or if there are any alternative approaches to achieve this.

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