Here at Scout APM, we’re excited to launch our support for Laravel apps. We’ve been monitoring thousands of Ruby, Python and Elixir apps for years and are thrilled to be bringing our developer-centric tools into the PHP community. Here’s an overview of how to get up and running with Scout in just a few minutes.


To get started monitoring your Laravel applications you will first of all need a Scout account. If you don’t have one already, you can sign up for a free 14-day free trial (no credit card required) here.

The next thing to do is to add the low-overhead monitoring agent to your project’s dependencies, this can be done with a single command in your shell:

composer require scoutapp/scout-apm-laravel

This command will install two packages: scout-apm-laravel and scout-apm-php.

The next thing to do is to define some configurations settings to link the agent to your account. To do that, open up your project’s .env file in your favourite text editor and add the following three lines to the end of the file:

SCOUT_KEY=”enter your Agent Key here”
SCOUT_NAME=”enter the name of you application here”

You can find your account’s Agent Key the settings page of Scout.

And that’s it! Deploy, and after approximately 5 minutes, your data will start to appear in Scout. For more information about Heroku installs or to troubleshoot installation problems, either take a look at the documentation or shoot us an email at and we’ll be happy to help.

Where to start?

So you’ve created a Scout account, hooked up the monitoring agent, but where do you start with diagnosing your application’s performance issues? Let’s take a look at the main features of Scout which can help you to understand your performance issues quickly.

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