(PHP 4, PHP 5, PHP 7, PHP 8)

getenvLiefert den Wert einer einzelnen oder aller Umgebungsvariablen


getenv(?string $name = null, bool $local_only = false): string|array|false

Gibt den Wert einer einzelnen oder aller Umgebungsvariablen zurück.

Eine Liste aller Umgebungsvariablen lässt sich mit der Funktion phpinfo() anzeigen. Viele dieser Variablen sind im » RFC 3875, insbesondere im Abschnitt 4.1, "Request Meta-Variables", aufgeführt.



Der Variablenname als String oder null.


Bei true werden nur lokale Umgebungsvariablen zurückgegeben, die vom Betriebsystem oder durch putenv() gesetzt wurden. Es hat nur dann eine Auswirkung, wenn name ein String ist.


Gibt den Wert der Umgebungsvariable varname zurück oder false, wenn die Umgebungsvariable name nicht existiert. Ist name null, werden alle Umgebungsvariablen als assoziatives Array zurückgegeben.


Version Beschreibung
8.0.0 Der Parameter name ist nun nullable (akzeptiert den null-Wert).
7.1.0 Der Parameter name kann nun ausgelassen werden, um ein assoziatives Array aller Umgebungsvariablen abzurufen.
7.0.9 Der Parameter local_only wurde hinzugefügt.


Beispiel #1 getenv()-Beispiel

// Verwendung von getenv() ...
$ip = getenv('REMOTE_ADDR');

// ... oder einfach eines superglobalen Arrays ($_SERVER oder $_ENV)

// Sicheres Lesen eines Wertes einer Umgebungsvariablen, wobei ignoriert wird,
// ob sie durch die SAPI gesetzt oder durch putenv geändert wurde
$ip = getenv('REMOTE_ADDR', true) ?: getenv('REMOTE_ADDR')



Wird PHP in einer SAPI wie Fast CGI ausgeführt, gibt diese Funktion immer den Wert einer Umgebungsvariablenzurück, die von der SAPI gesetzt wurde, selbst wenn putenv() verwendet wurde, um eine lokale Umgebungsvariable mit dem selben Namen zu setzen. Verwenden Sie local_only, um den Wert einer lokal gesetzten Umgebungsvariable zurückzugeben.

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User Contributed Notes 14 notes

6 years ago
Contrary to what said, getenv() isn't always case-insensitive. On Linux it is not:

(getenv('path')); // bool(false)
var_dump(getenv('Path')); // bool(false)
var_dump(getenv('PATH')); // string(13) "/usr/bin:/bin"
7 years ago
As noted on, getenv() can confuse you in having you believe that all variables come from a "safe" environment (not all of them do).

In particular, $_SERVER['HTTP_PROXY'] (or its equivalent getenv('HTTP_PROXY')) can be manually set in the HTTP request header, so it should not be considered safe in a CGI environment.

In short, try to avoid using getenv('HTTP_PROXY') without properly filtering it.
jcastromail at yahoo dot es
3 years ago
I did a benchmark about env.

constants :
0.00067687034606934 ms
getenv :
0.056761026382446 ms

(less is better)

And, in Windows at leat, reading the env value is considerably slow (in comparison with a constant), so PHP doesn't cache the information and asks to the OS the env value per call.

So, if you are calling once per request, then there is not a problem. However, if you are calling it many times per request, then it could affects the performance.
13 years ago
This function is useful (compared to $_SERVER, $_ENV) because it searches $varname key in those array case-insensitive manner.
For example on Windows $_SERVER['Path'] is like you see Capitalized, not 'PATH' as you expected.
So just: <?php getenv('path') ?>
php at keith tyler dot com
12 years ago
All of the notes and examples so far have been strictly CGI.
It should not be understated the usefulness of getenv()/putenv() in CLI as well.

You can pass a number of variables to a CLI script via environment variables, either in Unix/Linux bash/sh with the "VAR='foo'; export $VAR" paradigm, or in Windows with the "set VAR='foo'" paradigm. (Csh users, you're on your own!) getenv("VAR") will retrieve that value from the environment.

We have a system by which we include a file full of putenv() statements storing configuration values that can apply to many different CLI PHP programs. But if we want to override these values, we can use the shell's (or calling application, such as ant) environment variable setting method to do so.

This saves us from having to manage an unmanageable amount of one-off configuration changes per execution via command line arguments; instead we just set the appropriate env var first.
20 years ago
As you know, getenv('DOCUMENT_ROOT') is useful.
However, under CLI environment(I tend to do quick check
if it works or not), it doesn't work without modified php.ini
file. So I add "export DOCUMENT_ROOT=~" in my .bash_profile.
5 years ago
It is worth noting that since getenv('MY_VARIABLE') will return false when the variable given is not set, there is no direct way to distinguish between a variable that is unset and one that is explicitly set to the value bool(false) when using getenv().
This makes it somewhat tricky to have boolean environment variables default to true if unset, which you can work around either by using "falsy" values such as 0 with the strict comparison operators or by using the superglobal arrays and isset().
pritisn at gmail dot com
9 years ago
for quick check of getenv() adding a new env variable -
if you add a new env variable, make sure not only apache but xampp is also restarted.
Otherwise getenv() will return false for the newly added env variable.
hello at jabran dot me
9 years ago
Beware that when using this function with PHP built-in server – i.e. php -S localhost:8000 – it will return boolean FALSE.
sam at sambarrow dot com
16 years ago
SERVER_NAME is the name defined in the apache configuration.
HTTP_HOST is the host header sent by the client when using the more recent versions of the http protocol.
larby dot robert at gmail dot com
5 years ago
From PHP 7.1 => getenv() no longer requires its parameter. If the parameter is omitted, then the current environment variables will be returned as an associative array.

chuck dot reeves at gmail dot com
14 years ago
When writing CLI applications, not that any environment variables that are set in your web server config will not be passed through. PHP will pass through system environment variables that are prefixed based off the safe_mode_allowed_env_vars directive in your php.ini
jaraco at jaraco dot com
7 years ago
The example on how to fallback produces a syntax error on PHP 5.2:

-bash-3.2$ cat test.php

= getenv('REMOTE_ADDR', true) ?: getenv('REMOTE_ADDR')


-bash-3.2$ /web/cgi-bin/php5 test.php
Content-type: text/html

<br />
<b>Parse error</b>: syntax error, unexpected ':' in <b>/home/content/25/11223125/test.php</b> on line <b>3</b><br />

On PHP 5.2, one must write

$ip = getenv('REMOTE_ADDR', true) ? getenv('REMOTE_ADDR', true) : getenv('REMOTE_ADDR')
f dot hartmann2 at gmx dot net
14 years ago
A function returning the remote adress of the visiting browser could look like this:

function getIPfromXForwarded() {
$addr = explode(",",$ipString);

Note that some adresses are followed by a whitespace and ip2long(getIPfromXForwarded()) would not return the expected result.

Make use of trim() in your scripts, either in the function itself, or the surrounding space of the caller.

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