What is Laravel
Laravel is a free, open-source PHP web framework.
Laravel is a PHP web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. We’ve already laid the foundation — freeing you to create without sweating the small things.
There are a variety of tools and frameworks available to you when building a web application. However, we believe Laravel is the best choice for building modern, full-stack web applications.
What is Laravel installer?
Laravel Installer is open-sourced software licensed under the MIT license.
In the case of installing Laravel 9.0, you need XAMPP and Composer pre-installed on your computer.
Now the first thing that we need is to get the xampp.
Download XAMPP on windows 10
Open your browser and search for the right keyword xampp that go with the first search result showing www.apachefriends.org (XAMPP Installer and Downloads for Apache Friends).
Now on the homepage of www.apachefriends.org website, you will see the download options for
- XAMPP for Windows
- XAMPP for Linux
- XAMPP for OS X
After clicking one of above options the downloading of file will start automatically and you will get xampp-windows.exe a executable file.
Installing XAMPP for Windows
- open xampp.exe file or run it as administrator
- then click OK > Next
- Again Next > directory selection
- language selection > Next
- Installation will be completed
Now check the C:\ directory where its showing \xampp folder or not.
Installing the Composer
To get Laravel installed we need to install composer first. So, to get composer on our computer follow these steps
Open your browser and search for keyword composer and then you will find www.getcomposer.org website. Open this website and simply click Download button to download composer installer file.
the composer-setup.exe file will be downloaded. open this file and click run to install.
If you want uncheck the developer mode tick mark.
The next important step to check for the php.exe file that will be used by the xampp as command-line php. If there is already available this file then ok but if it is not there click browse
then click next sometime and install. It’s done.
Once you do that you need to check that the composer working or not. So, press windows > type cmd > after opening command prompt > type simple command composer press Enter
you will get a result like below image showing
Now, once you do that you are able to install to Laravel to your computer.
Installing Laravel 9.0
We will do it using command prompt (cmd) so, go to the directory where you want to install the laravel.
But, first we need to see if there are server requirements for installing Laravel
Server Requirements for laravel framework
The Laravel framework has a few system requirements. You should ensure that your web server has the following minimum PHP version and extensions:
- PHP >= 7.3
- BCMath PHP Extension
- Ctype PHP Extension
- Fileinfo PHP Extension
- JSON PHP Extension
- Mbstring PHP Extension
- OpenSSL PHP Extension
- PDO PHP Extension
- Tokenizer PHP Extension
- XML PHP Extension
I am doing it inside xampp\htdocs folder.
I copied my path c:\xampp\htdocs and switch to the cmd and type
and hit Enter, Now you are able to install laravel inside htdocs folder.
inside cmd type
composer create-project laravel/laravel my-site
Now the processing will start and you see that many lines are scrolling upside like hacking animations inside movies the directors choose to show us that it is very difficult task they are doing.
It will also download many files.
after finishing this process type cls command into cmd hit Enter. Now we will run laravel webpage using xampp.
Run Laravel 9.0 in windows
Run Laravel using cmd
Switch window to command prompt and type cd my-site
and now type
php artisan serve
and hit Enter
it will get php development server started for laravel and give us a port
like this https://127.0.0.1:8000
Open your browser and paste the port inside URL address bar and run. You will get a running sample webpage of laravel documentations or this is our laravel website homepage.
Now, we can customize it.
keep in mind that when you close the cmd the webpage itn’t working.
Run Laravel using XAMPP
To run laravel website on localhost you need to run xampp Apache server running. So, open xampp and start the Apache server. once you do that go browser window and type
localhost/my-site/public and hit Enter
you will see that the previous webpage loaded here.
So, you are all set now. Customize your Laravel website and have fun!