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02. Installation

Installing Laravel

Quick Installation

If you have already installed PHP and Composer on your local machine, you may create a new Laravel project via Composer:

composer create-project laravel/laravel chirper

For simplicity, Composer's create-project command will automatically create a new SQLite database at database/database.sqlite to store your application's data. After the project has been created, start Laravel's local development server using Laravel Artisan's serve command:

cd chirper
php artisan serve

Once you have started the Artisan development server, your application will be accessible in your web browser at http://localhost:8000.

A fresh Laravel installation

Installation via Docker

If you do not have PHP installed locally, you may develop your application using Laravel Sail, a light-weight command-line interface for interacting with Laravel's default Docker development environment, which is compatible with all operating systems. Before we get started, make sure to install Docker for your operating system. For alternative installation methods, check out our full installation guide.

The easiest way to install Laravel is using our service, which will download and create a fresh Laravel application for you. Launch a terminal and run the following command:

curl -s "" | bash

Sail installation may take several minutes while Sail's application containers are built on your local machine.

By default, the installer will pre-configure Laravel Sail with a number of useful services for your application, including a MySQL database server if you wish to use MySQL instead of SQLite. You may customize the Sail services if needed.

After the project has been created, you can navigate to the application directory and start Laravel Sail:

cd chirper
./vendor/bin/sail up

When developing applications using Sail, you may execute Artisan, NPM, and Composer commands via the Sail CLI instead of invoking them directly:

./vendor/bin/sail php --version
./vendor/bin/sail artisan --version
./vendor/bin/sail composer --version
./vendor/bin/sail npm --version

Once the application's Docker containers have started, you should run your application's database migrations:

./vendor/bin/sail artisan migrate

Finally, you can access the application in your web browser at: http://localhost.

A fresh Laravel installation

Installing Laravel Breeze

Next, we will give your application a head-start by installing Laravel Breeze, a minimal, simple implementation of all of Laravel's authentication features, including login, registration, password reset, email verification, and password confirmation. Once installed, you are welcome to customize the components to suit your needs.

Laravel Breeze offers several options for your view layer, including Blade templates, or Vue and React with Inertia. For this tutorial, we'll be using Blade.

Open a new terminal in your chirper project directory and install your chosen stack with the given commands:

composer require laravel/breeze --dev
php artisan breeze:install blade

Breeze will install and configure your front-end dependencies for you, so we just need to start the Vite development server to automatically recompile our CSS and refresh the browser when we make changes to our Blade templates:

npm run dev

If you refresh your new Laravel application in the browser, you should now see a "Register" link at the top-right. Follow that to see the registration form provided by Laravel Breeze.

Laravel registration page

Register yourself an account and log in!

Continue to start creating Chirps...