Here are some helpful tips that I have gathered while trying to install
valet in my project. I faced so many problems just trying to use
valet. But you don’t need to 🙂. I am going to share all what I have learn in this blog.
Update Valet Version
In order update
valet version, you will need to remove it first. Below you can see the commands to remove it completely from your machine if you have already installed. It is good idea to remove it first because you might be using lower version of
valet and thus facing lots of problem.
// To remove valet composer global remove laravel/valet
I am using
php version to 7.3 by using following command. You may use any version you want. Better if you use the latest one.
// To link php version to 7.3. You can link any php version you want. brew link [email protected] --force --overwrite
PHP linking issue
You can link to any php version you want. It is always recommended to use the latest version. But sometime, you might need to downgrade it. So, here are the steps you can follow to link to different php version.
brew link [email protected] --force --overwrite echo 'export PATH="/usr/local/opt/[email protected]/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bash_profile echo 'export PATH="/usr/local/opt/[email protected]/sbin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bash_profile source ~/.bash_profile // See the list running starting with the work php. brew list | grep php // To see what are the services running. // Make sure php is running. brew services list
valet. Use the command mentioned below. Adding
-vvv shows detail information what is going on with the installation. You can ignore
-vvv if you don’t want to see in detail.
composer global require laravel/valet -vvv // Install nginx too if you don’t have it. brew install nginx // Start nginx server if it is not running somehow. brew services start nginx
Sites not responding
I hope installing
valet was not that hard. I was struggling to use
valet because I was not using the latest version of
valet. But once you install the fresh version, there wont be problem using
valet command. But once you install
valet and try to link your project using
valet link your_project, is your site not responding? Well, that is exactly what I faced too 🙂. So don’t worry, your and mine problem is the some one.
This linking issue is due to dns connection. So to make sure dns is working correctly following following commands.
// Install brew install dnsmasq // Restart dnsmasq brew services restart dnsmasq // Now Install valet again. valet install // Test from terminal dig website.test
Once you follow above commands, you will be able to see link your project using
valet command and the website will be visible in
your_website.test. You can always change your domain extension name by the command
valet domain new_name. But note, the domain extension should not be similar with live domain names like
.tk and such others. I hope you got it.
Parking is a great feature provided by
valet. So, I recommend you to use it. Basically, you won’t face issue on park. But as I was not aware what it does, I am trying to explain what it does so that you will also know if you don’t know yet 😉.
First, go to your project location where you save all of your laravel projects. Now run following command. Once the command is executed, all projects under that folder will run automatically just by appending
.test name after the project name.
cd /path/to/your/project valet park // If you want to link inidividually cd /path/to/your/project/website valet link website // To see list of linked sites. valet links
mysql is quite tricking part. However, it depends based on your machine configuration. I faced lots of error. But finally I was able to setup
1) Download MySQL Community Server
MySQL version from this link. It is best to download this file and setup in your computer rather than going through
brew install mysql and
brew services start mysql. I have tried 10-20 times to make it work from terminal. However, I was not able to make
MySQL run. So, don’t waste your time and just install the latest version of
MySQL software and install it.
2) Install MySQL Community Server
You might be thinking why a step to install
MySQL but I believe you will try to search for it if you are trying to install in Mac. Once you download
.dmg file and try to start install clicking
.pkg file, you might see something like this as shown in image below.
The solution to this issue is very easy. Instead of double clicking
.pkg file, right click the file and click
Open as shown in image below.
Now you will prompt with new popup. Click
Open button and now you will be able to continue with setup process.
3) Start MySQL
In your preferences, click
MySQL and start
4) Setup MySQL
mysql_secure_installation command in your terminal to setup root password and complete other setups as well based on your requirement.
5) Create user and password
You must be able to access
mysql command now. Here are the steps you should follow to create user and database. Remember, if you type
caching_sha2_password instead of
mysql_native_password, you won’t be able to communicate with database.
6) .env file setup
First you will need to find where is
mysql.sock file located. To do so run
netstat -ln | grep mysql command and you will see the location. In my case, it was in
/tmp/mysql.sock. Now copy this path and paste it in your
.env file as shown in image below.
phpmyadmin is very easy. Please follow these steps.
phpmyadminfrom this link.
- Now extract that file to the location you want to save.
- Goto to
phpmyadminfolder and type
valet link phpmyadmin.
- Now you can access
phpmyadminjust by typing
- Type mysql username and password we set above and you are good to go.
Everything is done till here. So just type
php artisan migrate and you will be able to run migration without any issue
I hope this was helpful. I struggled a lot just to run
migration code using
valet. Finally I was able to accomplish. If this doesn’t work, let me know. I will try to help you.