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Ubuntu - Create a Laravel Project


Create folder for your project and navigate into it.


Install composer if you haven't already.

Install Laravel Through Composer

Initialize the project through composer.

composer create-project laravel/laravel . --prefer-dist

That will install the latest version of laravel (which is 5.2.8 at the time of writing this). If you wish to install a specific version of laravel, use:

composer create-project laravel/laravel . 4.2 --prefer-dist

Composer.json File

You should now have the Laravel framework in place. I would recommend taking a look at the composer.json file (below) and adding your own packages under require at this point.

    "name": "laravel/laravel",
    "description": "The Laravel Framework.",
    "keywords": ["framework", "laravel"],
    "license": "MIT",
    "type": "project",
    "require": {
        "php": ">=7.0.0",
        "fideloper/proxy": "~3.3",
        "laravel/framework": "5.5.*",
        "laravel/tinker": "~1.0"
    "require-dev": {
        "filp/whoops": "~2.0",
        "fzaninotto/faker": "~1.4",
        "mockery/mockery": "~1.0",
        "phpunit/phpunit": "~6.0",
        "symfony/thanks": "^1.0"
    "autoload": {
        "classmap": [
        "psr-4": {
            "App\\": "app/"
    "autoload-dev": {
        "psr-4": {
            "Tests\\": "tests/"
    "extra": {
        "laravel": {
            "dont-discover": [
    "scripts": {
        "post-root-package-install": [
            "@php -r \"file_exists('.env') || copy('.env.example', '.env');\""
        "post-create-project-cmd": [
            "@php artisan key:generate"
        "post-autoload-dump": [
            "@php artisan package:discover"
    "config": {
        "preferred-install": "dist",
        "sort-packages": true,
        "optimize-autoloader": true

Test it Out!

If you have php installed locally, you can try it out immediately by navigating to the public folder and then running the php local webserver like so:

php -S localhost:8080 index.php

Then navigate to localhost:8080 in your browser and you should see this:

The reason for using port 8080 is that it doesn't require admin privileges. If you want, you can use prefix the command above with sudo and use port 80 instead.


I have created a publicly available dockerized version of Laravel that you can use to quickly get started and deployed if you like.

To run my dockerized version of Laravel, use the following commands:

git clone
cd dockerized-laravel
composer update
cd docker

Wait for it to finish building before running the container.



Last updated: 26th August 2018
First published: 16th August 2018