A quick todo list for setting up a freshly cloned project.
Install the dependencies with Composer.
# cd in your project directory composer install composer dumpautoload -o
Check if the values in config/app.php meets your needs, depending where (staging, dev, ...) and how (php -S, artisan, vm with a domain, ...) you are running it.
# Environment 'env' => env('APP_ENV', 'production'), # Debug mode 'debug' => env('APP_DEBUG', false), # URL 'url' => env('APP_URL', 'http://localhost'),
Define your environment file, at the root of your project directory.
# Copy the environment template cp .env.example .env
Generate the key for your environment file, it will define the value for 'APP_KEY='
php artisan key:generate
Edit then the .env file to suit your needs (APP_*, DB_*, ...).
Finish by clearing the config and generate the cache.
php artisan config:clear php artisan config:cache
Time to check your site, depending on your environment, for development, the easiest way is to use Artisan.
php artisan serve