Is there a way to access another database outside of the one Craft uses for its content? I need to able to access data fields from an external source for a project I'm working on.


From your config/app.php file you could do something like this:

return [
    'components' => [
        'otherDb' => [
            'class' => craft\db\Connection::class,
            'driverName' => 'mysql',
            'dsn' => 'mysql:host=localhost;dbname=mydb;port=3306;',
            'username' => 'myuser',
            'password' => 'mypass',
            'charset' => 'utf8',
            'tablePrefix' => '',
            'enableSchemaCache' => !YII_DEBUG,

You might not need all of those depending on what you're doing.

Then from PHP, could access it like:


And from a template:

{{ craft.app.otherDb... }}
  • 1
    Well, that's fancy! – andrew.welch Dec 3 '18 at 23:32

I wrote a free plugin to allow you to do exactly that: Connect

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