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Month: September 2018

Configure Laravel and Artisan to work properly on Windows and XAMPP

After you install Laravel like described on the previous post.

You may need to configure some stuff.

  1. Configure XAMPP home directory. Go to XAMPP controll panel on the Apache module -> click config and open httpd.conf file -> Search for htdocs and change DocumentRoot and Directory to C:/xampp/htdocs/laravel/myprojectname/public (just put the full public path to your Laravel installation);
  2. Set up the Laravel environment. Go to C:\xampp\htdocs\laravel\myprojectname and open .env file and put the DB, User and Pass to the ones that you will use.
  3. Enable the Artisan commands.We need to add a new system variable with the PHP path of our XAMPP installation. Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\System -> Advanced system settings -> Advanced tab -> Environment variables -> System variables -> new -> Call the new variable ‘Artisan’ and add the path ‘C:\xampp\php’ -> OK.

    See the video for details:

  4. In order for your database migrations to work properly on XAMPP and MySQL -> go to app/Providers/AppServiceProvider.php and add:
    use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Schema;

    also put this line into the boot method:

    public function boot()

How to install Laravel on Windows & XAMPP

Four simple steps to install laravel on windows machine:

  1. After installing xampp, just download composer from and install it.
  2. goto path C:/xampp/htdocs and create a folder as laravel, redirect to laravel using cmd prompt as cd c:\xampp\htdocs\laravel.
  3. then simply type this command to create a first project composer create-project laravel/laravel first-project –prefer-dist Replace first-project with your project name (it takes a few minutes to install)
  4. then redirect to localhost/laravel/first-project/public/ and now you can see the Laravel logo along with a quick message saying “You have arrived.” ( always use a public folder to access project )

More info: