[Solved] PHP Error : Fatal error: Constant expression contains invalid operations

I am getting an error:

Fatal error: Constant expression contains invalid operations in
config.php on line 214

That line was:

 protected static $dbname = 'mydb_'.$appdata['id'];

Whether I did any mistakes in quotes? Or somewhere else?

My search for the error message only showed a different source cause (a dynamic default value in a function definition).

Solution #1:

From the official Php documentation :

Like any other PHP static variable, static properties may only be initialized using a literal or constant before PHP 5.6; expressions are not allowed. In PHP 5.6 and later, the same rules apply as const expressions: some limited expressions are possible, provided they can be evaluated at compile time.

So you cannot initialize a static variable with another variable. Replace $appdata['id'] with a constant string or remove the static attribute.

This is because all static declarations are resolved in compile-time, when the content of other variables is not known (see this other page of official doc).

Respondent: Al Fo?ce ?

Solution #2:

Unless you mess with reflection, the only way I can think of to have a static private/protected class property with a dynamically generated value is to calculate it outside the class:

class Foo {
    protected static $dbname = DBNAME;

    public static function debug() {
        return Foo::$dbname;

$appdata = array(
    'id' => 31416,
define('DBNAME', 'mydb_'.$appdata['id']);

In your precise use case, however, it’s possible that there’s simply no good reason for the property to be static. In that case, it’s as straightforward as using the constructor:

class Foo {
    protected $dbname;

    public function __construct($appdata){
        $this->dbname = 'mydb_'.$appdata['id'];

    public function debug() {
        return $this->dbname;

$appdata = array(
    'id' => 31416,
$foo = new Foo($appdata);
Respondent: Álvaro González

Solution #3:

This is because a static variable contains a constant value in it. But in your case:

protected static $dbname = 'mydb_'.$appdata['id'];

$appdata['id'] is dynamic that can change its value during the execution. That’s why the error is showing.

Respondent: Mayank Pandeyz

Solution #4:

I had this error and my fix was to not declare a date within a class property array

public static $config_array = array(
    'start_date' => date('Y-m-d H:i:s') // No can do
Respondent: Jack

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