Laravel is a modern PHP framework following the MVC design pattern. Today Laravel is almost everywhere in web application industry. Even for complicated systems like online banking systems, Laravel is used because of its beauty and simplicity. We have posted lots of Laravel tutorials but, I almost forgot to write down how to do Installing and Setting up Laravel in a proper way.
There are number of ways for installing Laravel. According to Laravel documentation you can install Laravel using the following ways.
- Via Laravel Installer
- Via Composer Create-Project
In this tutorial we’re focusing on installing Laravel via Composer.
To install and run laravel, you’re required to have following prerequisites installed on your machine.
So, before going any further make sure the above two requirements are done!
Installing via PHP Composer
Open up the Terminal and CD into a directory you want to install Laravel (mostly www folder in Wamp or htdocs in Xamp) and run the following command.
composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel blog
This will install Laravel. It will take few minutes to complete because this installation download and install all the dependencies as well. PHP composer does a great job for you.
Now the installation is complete.
Setting up Laravel
Next thing is setting up this fresh Laravel installation. To do that, open up .env.example file in the root folder and update with your own configuration. For now, let’s update the following values.
DB_DATABASE=YOUR_DB_NAME DB_USERNAME=MYSQL_USERNAME DB_PASSWORD=MYSQL_PASSWORD
Now hit Save As and remove the .example part of the file name and save it as .env.
Great! Now we’ve done the basic installation and setting up your Laravel project.
Now it’s time to run the newly installed project. Make sure your Wamp or Xamp is running. Navigate to the directory you just installed Laravel from the browser. And click the public folder. Your fresh Laravel project will open up!
Follow the video tutorial for the simplified guide.