INI Configuration

INI files

INI configuration options are stored in both the config/config.ini.php and config/global.ini.php files.

  • global.ini.php contains default option values and is a file distributed with Matomo (formerly Piwik)'s code
  • config.ini.php contains the user configuration: it lets users overrides the default values. This file is not distributed with Matomo's code as it is customized by every user.

Plugins and other code can access and modify INI config options using the Piwik\Config singleton.

To learn more about individual configuration options, read the documentation in global.ini.php.

INI file structure

The INI config options are grouped into different sections. Sections are declared in the INI configuration with surrounding brackets, for example:

my_config_value = 1

An option can be used to store multiple items by appending [] to the name and setting it more than once, for example:

myarray[] = 1
myarray[] = 2
myarray[] = 3

Reading INI configuration

The Config singleton allows PHP code to access whole configuration sections. They are accessed as if they were named public fields of the Config singleton.

For example, the following code will output every config option in the [General] section:

for (Config::getInstance()->General as $name => $value) {
    echo "Option $name == " . print_r($value, true);

Modifying INI configuration

Configuration options can be modified in memory through the Config singleton in the same way they are set:

Config::getInstance()->Development['disable_merged_assets'] = 1;

To persist these changes, so they will appear in the INI files, call the forceSave() method:


Adding new configuration options

Plugins cannot add new configuration options. If you are creating a core contribution and want to add a new INI option, you can simply add the option and its default value to global.ini.php.

If you want to make your plugin configurable, create a Plugin Setting.