The basic database settings for UserFrosting can be set through environment variables. By default, UserFrosting looks for the following environment variables:
DB_NAME: The name of the database you just created
DB_USER: The database user account
DB_PASSWORD: The database user password
If you don't want to (or can't) configure environment variables directly in your development environment, UserFrosting uses the fantastic phpdotenv library to let you set these variables in a
.env file. When running the
bake installer, this file will be created for you. To make any modifications, your can run the following Bakery command:
$ php bakery setup
You can also edit the
.env file manually. Simply copy the sample file in your
$ cp app/.env.example app/.env
Now, you can set values in the
.env file and UserFrosting will pick them up as if they were actual environment variables.
You may also want to configure your SMTP server settings as well at this point so that you can use features that require mail, such as password reset and email verification. See Chapter 14 for more information on the mail service.