Install an existing Laravel project

Submitted by christophe on Thu, 06/07/2017 - 10:01

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' => 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



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