I have installed civicrm and want to develop an extension. I installed civix for creating this extension but when i run civix civicrm:ping command in my civicrm folder, I get the following error:

C:\xamp\htdocs\civicrm>civix civicrm:ping


Failed to determine INI file path.

How to solve this problem?

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3 Answers 3


I was just dealing with this and found your question..

Since you used C:\, i'll assume you're in windows.

TLDR; Try checking your PHP environment variable for 'HOMEPATH' vs 'HOME' and editing the file I mention below.

The first thing I will say is that you can increase verbosity of errors in civix by using -v, -vv, or -vvv options for most verbose. It helped me a lot with this issue.

I will leave the important details of my environment here as well, for others who may find this question:

A working Drupal 7 + CiviCRM 4.7.17 locally installed (manually) with MAMP on a Windows 10 machine, configured to use PHP 5.6.28. MAMP is installed to C:/MAMP and the site root is C:/MAMP/htdocs/drupal/

Civix is installed to C:/Users/"Eli Lisseck"/ and I am seeing the same behavior as you that civicrm:ping throws and exception.

Running the more verbose command civix civicrm:ping -vvv led me to the file C:\Users\Eli Lisseck\civix\vendor\civicrm\cv\src\Config.php line 54.

Check if it is looking for your HOME environment variable correctly, versus what you have under environment variables when you run php -i. I found it was only looking for 'HOME' but what existed was 'HOMEPATH'... so I added at line 52:

elseif (getenv('HOMEPATH')) {
      $file = getenv('HOMEPATH') . '/.cv.json';
      return $file;

Now I get civix civicrm:ping Ping successful

Hope this is helpful!

  • perfect solution!
    – davejal
    Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 20:41

I was about to take Eli's approach, but then I realized it is much simpler:

  1. close your current cmd shell/terminal;
  2. press Win + R, type setx CV_CONFIG "%userprofile%\.cv.json" and press Enter;
  3. reopen the shell, goto your project's directory and test with civix civicrm:ping -vvv.

Alternatively, if you prefer to check/set environment variables for your account, run:

  • %windir%\system32\rundll32.exe sysdm.cpl EditEnvironmentVariables


If you notice civix\vendor\civicrm\cv\src\Config.php@getFileName(), the first environment variable that it expects is CV_CONFIG, and when it doesn't find it, it will try getenv('HOME') . '/.cv.json'.

Therefore, you can either set the new variable I mentioned above or just:

  • setx HOME %userprofile%.

Shortcut to Eli's answer; just civix civicrm:ping -vvv and check for ...\civix\vendor\civicrm\cv\src\Config.php. If you find it, it means you need to change HOME to HOMEPATH.


elseif (getenv('HOME')) {
  return getenv('HOME') . '/.cv.json';


elseif (getenv('HOMEPATH')) {
  return getenv('HOMEPATH') . '/.cv.json';

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