I want to show you guys just how quick and easy it easy to get a Laravel project up and running alongside Vagrant/Homestead.
1 . Head over to your chosen directory and run something like…
composer create-project laravel/laravel PROJECTNAME
or if you have the Laravel installer…
laravel new PROJECTNAME
This will create a Laravel project directory with everything installed inside the given PROJECTNAME folder.
2 . When you cd into your PROJECTNAME directory, you can run the following…
composer require laravel/homestead –dev
This will add Homestead into your Composers require attribute under the dev tag, which means it will only be used for development purposes.
3 . You then need to run…
This will create the VagrantFile and Homestead.yaml file to be used for Vagrant.
The Homestead.yaml file is used to configure any settings to be used in your virtual machine. If you need more advanced settings, then check out [the Homestead docs](https://laravel.com/docs/5.1/homestead), which shows how to add Blackfire and Crons etc.
4 . Run
This will get your virtual machine up and running, once running, you can visit the site through 192.168.10.10, it should now be ready for dev work.
If you’re like me and don’t like working on the IP address, you have a couple of options. Firstly, you can add a hostname manually in your computers hosts file. Something like…
You can change “homestead.app” to whatever host name you prefer. The better and more elegant way is to add a Vagrant plugin called “Vagrant Hosts Updater”…
vagrant plugin install vagrant-hostsupdater
This will automatically edit your hosts file using the settings inside your Homestead.yaml file. You can change the hostname by editing the following attributes; hostname, name and sites: -map to your chosen domain name e.g. example.app or example.dev etc.
Mac and Linux users will also be asked for their admin passwords, whilst in Windows, you will need to run the Command Line as an administrator.
Here are some fantastic commands you should learn as well as documentation from other resources to learn more about Vagrant and Homestead environments.
up Boots up the machine and fires provision
reload Reboots the machine
provision Runs only the provisioner(s)
init Initializes a new Vagrantfile based on specified box url
halt Turns off the machine
destroy Destroys the virtual machine
suspend Suspends execution
resume Resumes execution
ssh Logs in via ssh (no password is required)
status Shows info about the current Vagrant environment
global-status Shows info about all Vagrant’s environments