Laravel Herd For Windows Is Now Released: Simplify Your Laravel Development Workflow

Are you a Windows user looking to streamline your Laravel development process? If so, you're in luck! Laravel Herd for Windows has just been released, offering a powerful solution to enhance your Laravel development workflow. In this blog post, we'll explore what Laravel Herd is, why it's beneficial for Windows users, and how you can get started with it.

Introducing Laravel Herd

Laravel Herd is a set of tools designed to simplify the Laravel development experience on Windows. Developed by the Laravel community, Laravel Herd aims to provide Windows users with the same level of convenience and productivity enjoyed by their macOS and Linux counterparts.

Key Features of Laravel Herd

  1. Environment Management: Laravel Herd allows you to easily manage multiple Laravel projects and their associated environments. With a few simple commands, you can create, start, stop, and delete Laravel development environments, making it easy to switch between projects and keep your workspace organized.

  2. Homestead Integration: Laravel Herd seamlessly integrates with Laravel Homestead, the official Laravel development environment. You can use Laravel Herd to set up and configure Homestead environments for your Laravel projects, ensuring consistency and reliability across your development workflow.

  3. Automatic Configuration: Laravel Herd automates the configuration process for Laravel projects, saving you time and effort. It automatically sets up databases, virtual hosts, and other essential components, allowing you to focus on writing code instead of dealing with setup and configuration tasks.

  4. Command-Line Interface: Laravel Herd provides a command-line interface (CLI) that allows you to interact with your Laravel projects and environments directly from the terminal. You can use simple commands to perform common tasks, such as starting the development server, running migrations, and executing artisan commands.

Getting Started with Laravel Herd

Getting started with Laravel Herd is easy! Here's how you can install and set up Laravel Herd on your Windows machine:

  1. Install Laravel Herd: You can install Laravel Herd using Composer, the PHP package manager. Simply run the following command in your terminal:
composer global require laravel/herd
  1. Initialize Laravel Herd: Once Laravel Herd is installed, you can initialize it by running the following command:
herd init

This command will set up Laravel Herd and create a configuration file in your home directory.

  1. Create a Laravel Project: To create a new Laravel project using Laravel Herd, navigate to the directory where you want to create the project and run the following command:
herd create my-project

Replace "my-project" with the name of your project. Laravel Herd will automatically set up a new Laravel project in the specified directory.

  1. Manage Your Environments: You can manage your Laravel environments using Laravel Herd's CLI commands. For example, to start a development environment for your Laravel project, run the following command:
herd start my-project

Replace "my-project" with the name of your project. Laravel Herd will start the development environment, allowing you to access your Laravel application in your web browser.


With the release of Laravel Herd for Windows, Laravel developers can now enjoy a more streamlined and efficient development workflow. By simplifying environment management, automating configuration tasks, and providing a convenient command-line interface, Laravel Herd empowers Windows users to focus on what they do best: building great Laravel applications. Give Laravel Herd a try today and take your Laravel development experience to the next level!