Eyewitness comes pre-configured with a range of sensible out of the box options as default. However we provide the ability to change these to suit your individual application requirements.

All changes below are relating to config/eyewitness.php

Base URL

By default the eyewitness package is available at You are able to change the base URI of eyewitness to anything else you like. This might be to prevent clashes, or to provide obscurity of information.

- 'base_url' => 'eyewitness',
+ 'base_url' => 'other/example',

Eyewitness helper

Throughout the package we will display introductory/helper information on each page to help you navigate your way around. Once you are familiar with Eyewitness you can choose to turn these off.

- 'display_helpers' => true,
+ 'display_helpers' => false,

Eyewitness history

You can configure the length of time that Eyewitness keeps local history relating to your queues, cron schedulers etc. By default this is set to 45 days. You are welcome to change this to a longer or shorter to suit your needs.

- 'days_to_keep_history' => 45,
+ 'days_to_keep_history' => 30,

Configure standard monitoring modules

You can turn off certain parts of the monitoring. For example, if your application does not use queues, you should turn that off.

'monitor_scheduler' => true,
'monitor_database' => true,
'monitor_composer' => true,
- 'monitor_queue' => true,
+ 'monitor_queue' => false,
'monitor_dns' => true,
'monitor_ssl' => true,

Capture cron scheduler output

If your cron schedulers are being monitored, then Eyewitness will capture the output from the cron job by default. This allows you to view the output online at a later stage if needed.

If you set this too false, no cron output will not be captured or stored.

- 'capture_cron_output' => env('EYEWITNESS_CAPTURE_CRON_OUTPUT', true),
+ 'capture_cron_output' => env('EYEWITNESS_CAPTURE_CRON_OUTPUT', false),


You are able to configure domain(s) for Eyewitness to monitor both the SSL and DNS. You can monitor one or multiple domains for the one application (this can be useful for subdomain monitoring). You must use the full domain name that will pass a PHP FILTER_VALIDATE_URL

- 'application_domains' => [
- env('APP_URL'),
- ],
+ 'application_domains' => [
+ '',
+ ''
+ ],


If your application uses multiple databases, then you can list them below and each will be monitored to ensure they are online and available.

The array should contain names corresponding to one of the connections listed in your config/database.php configuration file. Each database can contain alerts for the size of the database. You can disable size alerts by setting their value to 0.

Note: an empty array value will simply use the "default" connection - which is sufficient for most applications.

- 'database_connections' => []
+ 'database_connections' =>
+ [
+ [
+ 'connection' => 'mysql',
+ 'alert_greater_than_mb' => 500,
+ 'alert_less_than_mb' => 200,
+ ]
+ ],

You can monitor multiple database connections as well:

'database_connections' =>
'connection' => 'mysql',
'alert_greater_than_mb' => 500,
'alert_less_than_mb' => 200,
'connection' => 'other_example',
'alert_greater_than_mb' => 0,
'alert_less_than_mb' => 0,


A daily check of your composer.lock file will occur against the SensioLabs Security check at

You can change the location of your composer.lock file. You only need to modify this config if your lock file is in a different location than the default location.

- 'composer_lock_file_location' => base_path('composer.lock'),
+ 'composer_lock_file_location' => '/path/to/composer.lock',`

Eyewitness database storage connection

Eyewitness will create a number of tables to store data it collects. By default the package will use your normal database connection - but you are able to specify a specific connection if required.

This means you can keep the Eyewitness data separate from your application, and separates your backups, migrations etc.

To setup a new database specifically for Eyewitness to store information, add a new connection to your config/database.php, then include the connection name in the eyewitness configuration:

- 'eyewitness_database_connection' => env('EYEWITNESS_DATABASE_CONNECTION', null),
+ 'eyewitness_database_connection' => 'eyewitness_db',

Disable scheduler background tasks

This should only be changed if you run Laravel & Eyewitness on a Windows server and experience issues with your schedules not running correctly. This is caused by some inconsistencies in how Window servers handles background processes. Only in this specific situation should you make the following change.


This only affects Eyewitness scheduled process. Changing this value has no effect on the rest of your applications scheduled tasks.

- 'enable_scheduler_background' => true,
+ 'enable_scheduler_background' => false,

Web route middleware

You can set what route middleware Eyewitness should use. On most applications it will be the default web middleware name, but if you use a custom name you will need to set it here first.

- 'route_middleware' => 'web',
+ 'route_middleware' => 'front',

API Proxy

If your application is behind a firewall that requires a proxy to gain access - you can add the proxy details to the config file. This proxy array will be directly passed to Guzzle as a header option, so please refer to the Guzzle documentation on how to configure the proxy headers for your application.

+ `api_proxy` => ['port' => 1234, 'username' => example],