Install Laravel on Mac and Windows OS

Created At: 2022-02-08 23:03:10 Updated At: 2023-11-21 21:54:37

We will see how to use or install Laravel in Mac. This approach is also valid for M1 chip Mac book.

There are four steps to do it.

1. Install Homebrew

2. Install PHP

3. Install Composer

4. Install Laravel


Install Homebrew

Run the below command to install. It's a mac installation package manager.

 /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"


Install PHP

Then we will install PHP using brew

brew install php


Install Composer

And then install composer using brew

brew install composer


Install Laravel

And then intsall laravel using composer

composer create-project laravel/laravel example-app

After that you do run the following command to start laravel

php artisan key:generate
php artisan serve


With above installation process on Mac, you must first install homebrew. If homebrew cannot be installed for some reasons you can try the below alternatives.



Use the below command to install PHP. It's for PHP version 7.3 or later

curl -s | bash -s 7.3


If composer fails to download and install you can try different ways and see what works. Try the below ways to download and install composer

1. First way

Then use the below command to install composer

curl -sS | php
mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composerphp composer-setup.php
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/composer
sudo composer self-update

2. Second way

php -r "copy('', 'composer-setup.php');"
php -r "if (hash_file('sha384', 'composer-setup.php') === '906a84df04cea2aa72f40b5f787e49f22d4c2f19492ac310e8cba5b96ac8b64115ac402c8cd292b8a03482574915d1a8') { echo 'Installer verified'; } else { echo 'Installer corrupt'; unlink('composer-setup.php'); } echo PHP_EOL;"
php composer-setup.php
php -r "unlink('composer-setup.php');"


A lot of time laravel fails to download because the server request timed out. That happens because your internet speed or connect. In that case you need to set compser 

composer config -g repo.packagist composer

With the above command I am telling composer to download laravel from aliyun mirror.

And the use the below command to install Laravel

composer create-project laravel/laravel example-app

php artisan key:generate

php artisan serve

Install Laravel video tutorial


Laravel Windows Installation


Install Laravel Backend on Mac


Install Laravel Backend on Windows

Access error

If you can not access backend with /admin try the below solutions

Solution 1 update composer

composer update

copy env.example .env

php artisan key:generate
Try to access the backend now and see
Solution 2 cache clear
Try to run the below command from root folder of your project.
php artisan cache:clear
php artisan config:clear;
php artisan optimize;

Try to access the backend now and see

Solution 3 .env file

Also try the below solution. Change the .env file. If you did not have SSL installed, then do the below settings in your .env file


Try to access the backend now and see

Solution 4 .htaccess file

Make sure inside public folder you have .htaccess file. If not create one
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
	Options -MultiViews
	RewriteEngine On
	RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
	RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
	RewriteRule ^ index.php [L]

Also try 

Package problem

Your requirements could not be resolved to an installable set of packages

You need to uncomment the extension "extension = fileinfo" in the php.ini file from the source folder. Then delete projectx dir. Finally, re-run laravel new projectx as per your screenshot.

If you have already uncomment "extension = fileinfo" in php.ini and it doesn't work. You might need to grant administrator permissions to be able to execute the changes:

To grant these permissions you have to do the following: Note: This for windows 10.

  1. It is located in the file to grant the permission "c:/xampp/php/php.ini". And for your case its - C:\MAMP\bin\php\php7.4.1\php.ini
  2. Right click on the file and click on properties.
  3. Security.
  4. Click on the Edit button.
  5. Click on each of the group or user names and at the bottom where it says Permissions for authenticated users, and then check full control.

In this way permission is granted and now if the changes to the file are saved.

Windows 10 Firewall problem

Windows 10 firewall could cause a problem from localhost if you try to install the backend locally. Watch the youtube video from the link below and see if the firewall is causing problem or not.


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