On my local Drupal 8 multisite environment in sites/default/settings.php I have:

$config_directories['staging'] = 'sites/default/config/staging';
$config_directories = array();

Because the default direction for the configuration files sites/default/files is .gitignored.

Is above correct, or do I have to delete $config_directories = array(); and put only the first line? How do I have to setup $config_directories properly so I can version my Configuration with Git?

Is $config_directories the same in both settings.php for the local site and production environment. In other words; is settings.php the same for the local site and production environment, except the database information?

Acquia Dev Desktop also gives:

$config_directories['sync'] = 'sites/griffioenrotterdam-dev.dd/files/config_CBOBWbcJU487p7Gc5z5e4GPzL6pSuEKQytsN6heKUULhL8ziYY7DUJoAbHI-dUxnFEfpzk0W7Q/sync'

What about that?

My steps to set this all up where:

  • I set up a local Drupal 8 multisite environment using Acquia Dev Desktop. All worked fine.
  • I have a Git workflow setup
  • Now I try to make instances of my local site (clone) for Dev and Prod environments
  • With git I pull the Drupal 8 code to my production server
  • I adjust settings.php in sites/default/settings.php
  • I dumped my local Database using drush
  • I import the Database in Database connected to staging (Dev) environment

But when I visit http://staging.griffioenrotterdam.nl/ it doesn’t look good.

--- Update ---

$config_directories['staging'] = 'sites/default/config/staging';

Is from an old Drupal 8 version.

Now you have to use:

$config_directories = array(
    CONFIG_SYNC_DIRECTORY => './../config/sync',

But when I go in admin to Reports > Status report > it says:

The ./../config/sync folder does not exist. You may need to set the correct directory at the file system settings page or change the current directory's permissions so that it is writable.

1 Answer 1


I don't know what you try to do with the config directories.

This doesn't make sense at all, setting a value and deleting it:

$config_directories['staging'] = 'sites/default/config/staging';
$config_directories = array();

The config directory staging does not exists anymore, it must be from an old drupal 8 version. You only need sync. This can be any directory. The hash is only for security reasons and is not needed outside the public files directory.

And I don't see anything in your workflow that would need a special configuration of the config directory, because you transfer the config in the database.

  • Rolled back the latest edit. Please do not change the topic of the question. You can delete it completly if you want.
    – 4uk4
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 11:24
  • so I have a multisite setup. Now for my first site I have in settings.php: $config_directories = array( CONFIG_SYNC_DIRECTORY => '../config/sync', ); But I still get that error in status report?
    – meez
    Commented Apr 16, 2016 at 19:16
  • The error message says, that ../config/syncdoes not exist. This is relative to the root of drupal, not to settings.php. If for example you have installed drupal in /var/www/drupal/, ../config/ is /var/www/config/. You have to create /syncinside this directory outside of drupal and make it writable.
    – 4uk4
    Commented Apr 17, 2016 at 7:45

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