If you are a beginner in the web development field and want to grow up with the Laravel framework? Then you should definitely pick this most popular scalable framework. So, In this article, we will learn how you can install the Laravel framework with the latest version and create your first web application project in it.
What is a Laravel
Laravel is a framework based on PHP and you can build a web application with it. It gives you an expressive structure to start your project with a web application. It has an MVC (Model, View, Controller) structure, and you can design your application amazingly to give you a better user experience.
No matter, you have experience in this web framework or not. If you are new to this Laravel framework then there’s are wide collections of the tutorial, they will help you to gain knowledge in this framework.
If you have experienced in PHP then the Laravel framework grows with you and boosts your expertise level to another next level. It will give you another experience to work in this web framework and you feel lucky that you picked this very progressive and scalable web framework.
Let’s start with install the laravel framework and create the first project in it.
Install Laravel Web Framework
To install laravel on the machine, we need a Composer. Composer is an application package manager and it is only for PHP programming language. It helps to manage dependencies libraries of PHP applications. First, we will install this then we will install laravel.
You have to follow these steps to install Composer and Laravel framework on your machine with Xampp:
Download and Install Composer
Click on this link https://getcomposer.org/Composer-Setup.exe and you will get a executable file (.exe) of compposer.
After successfully downloaded then you have to install it on your windows machine. While installing it will ask you some settings so choose as per your requirement but there will be one step ask for PHP installation path, so you must select your PHP path in the Xampp folder.
You can also install the Composer by
curl command. Go to the home directory and run the following commands in the terminal.
$ cd ~
$ curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer -o composer-setup.php
It will download the installer from the official website. Then now you can install composer globally on your machine by this command.
$ sudo php composer-setup.php --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer
OK. After installation, you need to check that is it installed on my machine correctly or not? Then you have to open your command prompt then run the below command. If it will show you the Composer logo inside the command prompt and some other information then it means, you have correctly installed it.
See the below image for reference.
Install Laravel Framework with Composer
Create the directory where you want to install the laravel and enter in the directory then run the following command in the command prompt.
The above command will install all required files and dependencies for the startup project. We used the
--prefer-dist flag to install the latest distribution from the server.
You can also install the specific version of laravel by telling in the command. See the below command
It will take some time to download all the files. It depends on your internet speed. So, after a successful installation, you will see a success message, and now it is ready to start your project.
Execute the below command in the same directory to run the laravel application project.
The above command will start your project and it will give you a localhost default port address and you can see the project in the browser by that link. The link will be like http://localhost:8000. You can change it later by some setting.
You can change the default port by following command.
php artisan serve --port=8888
Install Laravel Framework with Laravel Installer
You can also install the Laravel Installer as a global dependency of the compoaser. Run the below command one by one.
So, open this URL http://localhost:8000 in the browser and you will see welcome screen like below:
Now, you can start your own coding design.
Hope you understand how you can install laravel web framework on your machine.
If you have any questions, ask me in the comment section, I’ll respond to you as soon as possible.