Installing a Laravel app on Heroku
Posted on April 30, 2014 | By Matt Stauffer
(This is part of a series of posts on Laravel on Heroku. )
Warning: This post is over a year old. I don't always update old posts with new information, so some of this information may be out of date.
Heroku has had PHP support for a while, but it's been a definitively second-class citizen. Yesterday Heroku announced a huge boost in their PHP support, including out-of-the-box Composer support and an intention to become a legitimate destination for hosting modern PHP apps.
So, let's take a look at the fastest and simplest way to get a stock Laravel install up and running on Heroku.
Create the project
However you prefer, get your Laravel project initialized.
$ laravel new laravel-heroku $ cd laravel-heroku
Add your Procfile
Heroku knows which processes to run for your app based on a configuration file called a
Procfile. The default
apache2 process (if you don't use a
Procfile) points to the web root, not to
/public... so we need to create a custom
Procfile to serve the site from
Add a file with the name
Procfile (capitalization matters) that contains this line:
web: vendor/bin/heroku-php-apache2 public/
Initialize the git repo
OK, our code is ready to go. Let's get it into git.
$ git init $ git add . $ git commit -m "Initial commit of stock Laravel install."
Create the Heroku app
Since you have the Heroku Toolbelt installed, you can create and modify your apps directly from the command line.
$ heroku create
The output/prompt should look something like this:
± heroku create Creating app... ! ▸ Invalid credentials provided. heroku: Press any key to open up the browser to login or q to exit: Logging in... done Logged in as firstname.lastname@example.org Creating app... done, ⬢ app-name-here https://app-name-here.herokuapp.com/ | https://git.heroku.com/app-name-here.git
Write down or just remember the "app-name-here"; this is the unique identifier for the Heroku app you just created. The app will run on the Heroku Cedar stack by default.
Let's deploy an environment key for our encryption key now.
Generate a new key:
php artisan key:generate --show
Copy the output of that, and then run this command:
heroku config:set APP_KEY=the_key_you_copied_here
You should see this output:
Setting config vars and restarting ⬢ app-name-here... done, v3 APP_KEY: the_key_you_copied_here
Deploy your code to the Heroku app
With Heroku, you push new code to your site by pushing to the
heroku git remote.
$ git push heroku master
Look for this at the end:
----> Launching... done, v3 http://app-name-here.herokuapp.com/ deployed to Heroku
Heroku's PHP support is not the only thing that has gotten an upgrade; their PHP support documentation is now fantastic. Check it out for many more tutorials and much more in-depth introductions. Heroku - Getting Started With PHP
They've also, since I wrote this article, added Laravel-specific documentation: Heroku - Getting Started with Laravel
If you have any issues with this walkthrough, please let me know on Twitter so i can keep this up-to-date. Thanks!
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Tags: php • laravel • heroku