Laravel 8

tip This installation guide is for latest version, if you are installing an older version of laravel, please find it's instructions in the left menu. :::

Laravel 8.x Installation

This Installation guide has been split into 3 parts

  • Pre-requisites

  • Installation

  • after setup


To use JOSH which is a developer-oriented product, you should have a basic idea of following tools and make sure they are installed in your system.

::: tip Windows Users If you don't want to install all of them manually, please download laragon :::


you can check if you have git by running git --version in terminal, if you don't have can get it from

or on *nix system, you can install by running apt-get install git command


you can check if you have nodejs installed or not by running nodejs -v in terminal, if you don't have it... you can get it from

for *nix system, find instructions here


you can check for yarn existence by running yarn -v in terminal, if you don't have it, you can get from their website and follow instructions mentioned there


you can check for composer existence by running composer -v in terminal and if you don't have it, get it from


The zip file contains all laravel files integrated with josh, however, you need to perform the following steps to get vendors etc.

.env file and setting your values

Since everyone can have their own database name, mail settings etc, laravel doesn't ship with .env but .env.example which we copy as .env and modify with our DB details etc.

cp .env.example .env

For Windows Users

copy .env.example .env

now open .env and modify database etc. details with yours

you need to modify the following values


you may need to change other fields as well, if necessary

Get Composer packages

We don't add all vendors files into zip, hence you need to get them manually, running below command can get you all composer vendor packages

composer install


::: tip Windows users don't need follow these steps :::

Laravel requires directories within the storage and the bootstrap/cache directories should be writable by your web server

You should use the minimum permissions available for writing, based on how you've got your web server configured.

chmod -R 775 storage

chmod 775 bootstrap/cache

If you still run into a permissions error, you may need to increase the permissions to 777, or twiddle your user/group permissions on your server.

chmod -R 777 storage

chmod 777 bootstrap/cache

You'll also want to make sure that your laravel directory and all files within are owned by something other than root. It's very common to create a user on your server (like www-data), add that user to the apache group, and then chown your files to be owned by www-data, chgrp to the apache group.

This ensures your files can be executed correctly and cache files can be written to without having to give files owned by root the permissions to write or execute.


If you want to send emails from your website, you need to configure MAIL_DRIVER etc details in your .env file, if you don't want to send emails (ex: in dev environment), you can set MAIL_DRIVER to log and it will write all your emails to log files.

::: tip Global 'from' address You can specify from address from each email from mailables however if you wish to have a single global from address then please modify config/mail.php below section with your values

'from' => [
        'address' => env('MAIL_FROM_ADDRESS', ''),
        'name' => env('MAIL_FROM_NAME', 'Example'),


::: warning If you want to use other mail drivers like sparkpost, mailgun etc, then please refer to :::

Generate Key

To secure user sessions and other encrypted data, we need to set application key.

php artisan key:generate

Add tables to the database

Now that, we have set up database details in .env, its time to migrate tables into database.

To have default admin user, we need to seed data into DB, to do that run below command, which inserts two users into the database along with two roles admin and user.

User email







php artisan migrate --seed

along with users, it also inserts all countries data into countries table.

::: tip If you want to have some dummy data in datatables examples, please run

php artisan db:seed --class=DatatablesSeeder :::

Compiling assets

Now we need to get frontend assets and move them to the proper place, please run the following commands.

yarn install

npm run dev

if everything compiles successfully, by now you should have a working website

you can access your website at http://URL/public (if not using virtualhosts) or http://URL (if using virtualhosts) and you can access admin section by going to http://URL/public/admin or http://URL/admin respectively.

After setup

Still, we need to get some keys and set up things to make sure josh is working properly

Uploads folders permission

::: tip Windows users don't need to follow these steps :::

we need to provide write permission to the following folder






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