A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Set Up a Laravel Project from Scratch

Date: 07.04.24

Laravel is a robust PHP framework with a simple and elegant syntax that makes developing web applications quick and simple. Whether you are new to web development or an experienced developer looking to try Laravel, this step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of setting up a Laravel project from scratch.


Before starting, ensure you have these installed on your computer:

  1. PHP (>= 7.3): Laravel requires PHP 7.3 or later.
  2. Composer: A dependency manager for PHP.
  3. Node.js and npm: Necessary for managing front-end assets.
  4. Git: Version control system to manage your project’s code.
  5. Text Editor or IDE: Visual Studio Code, PHP Storm, or any other text editor.


Step 1: Install Composer

Composer is essential for managing Laravel dependencies. You can download and install Composer from its official website: getcomposer.org.

After installation, verify Composer by running:

composer -v

A list of commands and the Composer version should be visible.

Step 2: You can create a Laravel project using Composer:


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composer create-project –prefer-dist laravel/laravel project-name

Step 3: Configure Environment Settings

Navigate into your project directory:

cd project-name

Laravel uses a .env file for environment configuration. This file contains various settings such as database configuration, application URL, and more. Laravel provides a default .env file. Open it and configure your database settings:







Check that your real database credentials are entered in the placeholders.

Step 4: Generate Application Key

Laravel uses an application key for security purposes. You need to generate this key by running:

php artisan key: generate

his sets the APP_KEY value in your .env file.

Step 5: Set Up Database

Before migrating the default database tables, ensure your database is running. Then, run the following command to migrate the default Laravel tables:

php artisan migrate

This command creates the necessary tables for user authentication and password resets.

Step 6: Serve the Application

You can now serve your Laravel application using the built-in PHP development server:

php artisan serve

This command starts a development server at http://localhost:8000. Open this URL in your web browser to see the default Laravel welcome page.

Step 7: Set Up Front-End Assets

Laravel integrates well with front-end build tools like Laravel Mix, which is built on top of Webpack. First, install the necessary Node.js dependencies:

npm install

Laravel Mix is configured in the webpack.mix.js file. To compile your assets (CSS and JavaScript), run:

npm run dev

For production builds, use:

npm run prod

Step 8: Set Up Version Control

Using version control for your projects is a good idea. Create a Git repository and push the first content:

git init

git add .

git commit -m “Initial commit”

Step 9: Customize Your Application

Now that your Laravel project is set up, you can start customizing it to fit your needs. Here are a few common tasks:

  1. Creating Routes: Define routes in the routes/web.php file.

Creating Controllers: Use Artisan to create controllers.

php artisan make: controller Your Controller Name

  1. Creating Views: Store your Blade templates in the resources/views directory.
  2. Working with Models: Create Eloquent models to interact with your database.



Congratulations! You’ve successfully set up a Laravel project from scratch. This guide covered the essential steps, from installing Composer to setting up front-end assets and version control. Laravel’s extensive documentation and community resources are always available to help you as you continue developing your application.

Happy coding!


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