How to create your first Laravel project

Hello there! Are you ready to start building your first Laravel project? Great! Laravel is a powerful PHP framework that allows you to easily create modern and high-quality web applications. In this blog post, I will guide you through the complex process of setting up your Laravel project from the beginning. Are you interested? Let’s get started!

Step 1: Installing Laravel

To start building your Laravel project, the step is to install the Laravel framework. You can achieve this by installing the Laravel installer, which is a command- line tool that automates the process of setting up a new Laravel . To install the Laravel installer, execute the following command in your terminal

composer global require laravel/installer

Step 2: Creating a New Laravel Project

Once you have the Laravel installer installed, you can create a new Laravel project by running the following command:

laravel new project_name

Replace “”project_name”” with the name of your project, and the installer will create a new Laravel project in a new directory with that name.

Step 3: Setting Up Your Development Environment

Before you start building your Laravel project, you’ll need to set up a development environment. This includes installing a web server, such as Apache or Nginx, and configuring it to serve your Laravel project. You’ll also need to install PHP and a database management system, such as MySQL.

Step 4: Running Your Laravel Project

Once you’ve set up your development environment, you can run your Laravel project by navigating to the project directory in your terminal and running the following command:

php artisan serve

This will start a local development server that you can use to test and debug your Laravel project. You can access your project by visiting http://localhost:8000 in your web browser.

Step 5: Exploring the Laravel Directory Structure

Laravel uses a specific directory structure to organize its files and components. It’s important to understand this structure so that you can easily find what you’re looking for as you build your project.

The main components of a Laravel project include:

  • app directory: This is where you’ll put the core logic for your application, such as controllers, models, and routes.
  • public directory: This is where you’ll put your static assets, such as CSS, JavaScript, and images.
  • resources directory: This is where you’ll put your views and other resources, such as language files.
  • routes directory: This is where you’ll define the routes for your application.

There are many other directories and files in a Laravel project, but these are the most important ones to understand when you’re starting out.

Step 6: Defining Your First Route

Now that you’ve explored the Laravel directory structure, it’s time to start building your application. The first step is to define your first route.

In Laravel, routes are defined in the routes/web.php file. By default, the file contains a single route that returns a welcome message. Let’s replace that with a simple route that returns “”Hello, World!””

Route::get('/', function () {
    return 'Hello, World!';

Save the file, then visit http://localhost:8000 in

Find more about routing and controller

Rrequently Asked Questions

What are the system requirements for Laravel installation?

Laravel requires PHP 7.3.0 or higher and a web server (such as Apache or Nginx). It also requires composer, a dependency manager for PHP.

How do I install composer?

You can download and install composer from the official website (

How do I install Laravel using composer?

Run the following command in your terminal:
composer create-project –prefer-dist laravel/laravel project_name

How do I configure my web server for Laravel?

You can follow the official documentation for Apache or Nginx on the Laravel website (

How do I check if Laravel is installed correctly?

You can navigate to your Laravel project in your web browser and if everything is set up correctly, you should see the default Laravel welcome page.

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