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Laravel 5.5 use a prefix on database tables

I like to prefix my database tables to avoid any conflicts if using different applications within the same database ie have a CMS + a shop sharing the same database.

This is easy to do with Laravel in `app/config/database.php` there is 

'prefix' => '',

You can put your prefix there or use the .env file.

I’ll use the .enf file by adding the following:

'prefix' => env('DB_PREFIX', ''),

This will create a key called DB_PREFIX with a default value of none then in my .env file:

Set the prefix


Now all queries will look for tables that start with laravel_ before the table name, no further adjustments are required.

David Carr

David Carr

For the past 12 years, I’ve been developing applications for the web using mostly PHP. I do this for a living and love what I do as every day there is something new and exciting to learn.

In my spare time, the web development community is a big part of my life. Whether managing online programming groups and blogs or attending a conference, I find keeping involved helps me stay up to date. This is also my chance to give back to the community that helped me get started, a place I am proud to be apart of.

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