Create a Laravel 8 application from scratch

In this tutorial, we will explore how to create a Laravel 8 application from scratch and then prepare your application for development. However, the overall process changed from the previous version (Laravel 7), improving the developer experience with a fresh set of tools. Now, the new Laravel 8 provides Sail, a built-in solution for running your Laravel project using Docker.

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Configure PHP and Laravel Framework

In this guide we configure PHP and Laravel Framework to build web applications and REST APIs. As a result, you can prepare the environment to start the development process in a Laravel Project.

Note: for the newest Laravel 8, you can follow the instructions in this new post: Create a Laravel 8 application from scratch

After this process, you will get installed the following components:

  • PHP (PHP 7 or newer)
  • MySQL/MariaDB server engine and client
  • PEAR (PHP repository of common reusable components)
  • Composer (PHP package and dependency manager)
  • XDebug (PHP debugger used by unit tests tools like PHPUnit)
  • Laravel command line tools (laravel and php artisan)

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How to change the Laravel public folder path

In this post, we will show how to change the Laravel public folder path (the default path for publishing public content, including the index). Actually, there is no configuration value to change this, but you can change some special files to change it to another location, and your application will continue working as expected.

Note: For Laravel 8, you can check this new post: Create a Laravel 8 application from scratch

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