How to Install Latest Laravel Version

Laravel is a free and open-source PHP web framework widely used for building modern web applications. It emphasizes simplicity, security, and elegance in the development process, offering several features that streamline and enhance web development:

In this tutorial you through the hassle-free process of installing the latest version of Laravel. Before you begin, make sure you have the following prerequisites in place:

PHP: Laravel requires PHP 7.4 or higher. You can check your PHP version by running the following command in your terminal:

php -v
  • Composer: Composer is a dependency management tool for PHP that Laravel uses extensively. You can download and install Composer from https://getcomposer.org/.
  • Web Server: You'll need a web server to run your Laravel application. Popular choices include Apache and Nginx.
  • Database: Laravel supports multiple databases, including MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQLite. Ensure you have a database server installed and configured.

Step 1: Install Laravel Installer

The Laravel Installer is a command-line tool that simplifies the process of creating and managing Laravel projects. To install it, open your terminal and run the following command:

composer global require laravel/installer

This command installs the Laravel Installer globally on your system.

Step 2: Create a New Laravel Project

Once you have the Laravel Installer installed, you can create a new Laravel project with the following command:

laravel new project-name

Replace project-name with the name you want to give to your Laravel project. This command will download the latest version of Laravel and set up a new project directory with the specified name.

Step 3: Configure Your Environment

Navigate to your project directory:

cd project-name

Next, copy the .env.example file to .env:

cp .env.example .env

Open the .env file and configure your database connection settings. Update the following lines with your database credentials:

DB_CONNECTION=mysql
DB_HOST=127.0.0.1
DB_PORT=3306
DB_DATABASE=your-database-name
DB_USERNAME=your-database-username
DB_PASSWORD=your-database-password

Step 4: Generate Application Key

Laravel uses an application key for security purposes, such as encrypting user sessions and passwords. Generate a new application key by running:

php artisan key:generate

Step 5: Serve Your Application

You can use Laravel's built-in development server to serve your application:

php artisan serve

This will start a development server, and you can access your Laravel application at http://localhost:8000 in your web browser.

Conclusion

Installing the latest Laravel version is a straightforward process, thanks to the Laravel Installer and Composer. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can have a fresh Laravel installation up and running in no time. 

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How to Install Latest Laravel Version
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