How to Install Laravel Valet on Windows

Why use Laravel Valet?

Valet is a development environment for Laravel. One of the reasons its so famous is because it runs without Nginx and Apache. It uses DnsMasq on Mac OS, and Acrylic DNS on Windows 10 to proxy all the request s to *.test domain, i.e., no more /etc/hosts

Installation requirements for Laravel Valet on Windows 10

You must first have

Laravel Valet

Install Valet in Windows with Composer

Here is the command to install Laravel Valet globally:

composer global require cretueusebiu/valet-windows

Next, configure Valet and register Valet’s daemon. This is to launch Valet automatically on system startup.

valet install

Windows Acrylic DNS Proxy Configuration

We need to configure Acrylic DNS proxy usage manually. So follow the below steps carefully:

  • Step 1:
    • Go to Control Panel -> Network Connections
  • Step 2:
    • Right-click your network connection
      • Click Properties
      • Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
        • Click Properties
        • In the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properies window
          • Check Use the following DNS server addresses:
            • Enter
            • Click OK
  • Step 3:
    • Right-click your network connection
      • Click Properties
      • Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
        • Click Properties
        • In the Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) Properies window
          • Check Use the following DNS server addresses:
            • Enter ::1
            • Click OK

Setting your parked directory for Laravel Valet

Navigate to root code folder and run this command:

valet park

If you run this on the wrong folder and want to unpark

valet forget

Laravel Install for Valet with Composer

In the previous steps, we completed installing and configuring Valet on the machine. Now, you can now start working on your Laravel (or any other) PHP, HTML, or JavaScript projects right away. However, you haven’t yet installed Laravel, so use this command to install it globally.

composer global require "laravel/installer"

Make a New Laravel App

Creating a new Laravel application is simple and universal.

Navigate to your root web folder and use this command:

laravel new app

View your new Laravel project

Open a web browser and visit the following url


Where is the nginx/php error file?

The default Laravel Valet error log files can be found here:

Start -> %USERPROFILE% -> .config -> valet -> Log -> nginx-error.log

Replace USERNAME with your username.

Optional Laravel Valet commands

Secure the Laravel Valet Application

NOTE: Only do this on the C: drive. It can cause major problems when used on another drive.

valet secure app

Unsecure the Laravel Valet installation

valet unsecure app

Sharing your Laravel Valet app with the world using ngrok

Use these commands to share your app with the world:

cd app
valet share

It will tell you the live URL that you can share with your friends.

Using Another Domain with Valet

By default, Valet serves your projects using the .dev TLD. If you'd like to use another domain, you can do so using the valet domain tld-name command.

For example, if you'd like to use .app instead of .dev, run valet domain app and Valet will start serving your projects at *.app automatically.

Uninstalling Laravel Valet

valet uninstall

These are my notes from a screencast found here: 

Upgrading Laravel Valet

You may update your Laravel Valet installation using this command in your terminal

composer global update

After upgrading Composer, it is good practice to run this command

valet install

Running this command allows Laravel Valet can make additional upgrades to your configuration files if necessary.

Laravel Valet for Mac OS X

Laravel Valet for Ubuntu / Linux

Laravel Valet for Windows 10

Windows port of the popular development environment Laravel Valet.

  • If you don't have Composer installed, make sure to install it.

  • Install Valet with Composer via composer global require cretueusebiu/valet-windows.

  • Run the valet install command. This will configure and install Valet and register Valet's daemon to launch when your system starts.

  • If you're installing on Windows 10, you may need to manually configure Windows to use the Acrylic DNS proxy.

Laravel Valet configures your Windows to always run Nginx in the background when your machine starts. Then, using Acrylic DNS, Valet proxies all requests on the *.dev domain to point to sites installed on your local machine.



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