Install Laravel 4 on Windows 7

Working with laravel Shirt I want to learn new things and it seem a lot of changes already happened. Specially PHP. First time I learn about this lang I see 4.0 version. Today, I see PHP already reach 5.3, 5.4 and so on. I don’t know about OOP in PHP so I decide to learn about OOP by doing it on project.

Laravel is my option after CodeIgniter . As usual, installation is big thing for me and my netbook run on Windos 7 starter.

Steps for Laravel installation on Windows 7 :

Download latest laravel version 

In time of writing I got 4.0.4 version.

Put it on Xampp htdocs directory.

I rename it to laravel after extract its content.



Install Git

Git work ‘distribution system control‘ . It will work together with composer.

Download latest version of Git for Windows from here.

Installation is straightforward. A few notes during installation :

– Make sure to choose “Run Git from the Windows Command Prompt” on adjusting your PATH environment section.

Checkout Window style,commit unix-style line endings on Configuring the line ending conversion section.

Install Composer for Windows

Get latest version from here. Install it as usual. Nothing serious here 🙂


In this section we just need to check if everything is work.

1. Check php version
C:\Users\pc>php -v

PHP 5.4.7 (cli) (built: Sep 12 2012 23:48:31)
Copyright (c) 1997-2012 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.4.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2012 Zend Technologies


2. Check Git version

C:\Users\pc>git --version

git version 1.8.1.msysgit.1


3. Check composer version
C:\Users\pc>composer --version
Composer version f4baa50a05c62fd29ff1814b8909c0d2f3d37275


If you see any error message you might need to check your PATH setting.

Type path and click on “Edit the system environment variables




Click Edit the system environment variables.



Click on Edit button after choose path.



make sure value of variable value is correct.



Related path value for xampp (php), git and composer on my system :

C:\xampp3\php;C:\Program Files\Git\bin;C:\ProgramData\Composer\bin;

If value is correct but you still get error then you need

Install Laravel via composer

c:\xampp3\htdocs\laravel>composer install

Loading composer repositories with package information
Installing dependencies (including require-dev)
– Installing doctrine/lexer (dev-master bc0e1f0)
Loading from cache

– Installing doctrine/annotations (v1.1.1)
Loading from cache

– Installing doctrine/collections (dev-master 3db3ab8)
Loading from cache

– Installing doctrine/cache (dev-master 89493d2)
Downloading: 100%
Downloading: 100%
Downloading: 100%


The “
1871cc52eb29c030” file could not be downloaded: failed to open stream: Unable to find the socket transport “ssl” – did you forget to enable it when you configured PHP?


install [–prefer-source] [–prefer-dist] [–dry-run] [–dev] [–no-dev] [–no-c
ustom-installers] [–no-scripts] [–no-progress] [-v|vv|vvv|–verbose] [-o|–opt



Ups.. looks like I got PHP ssl disabled.

Open php.ini file (in my system its located on c:\xampp3\php\php.ini


Remove ; in front of extension=php_openssl.dll line.

Save file and restart apache.

Retry composer install command and wait.



– Installing laravel/framework (4.0.x-dev a18df80)
Downloading: 100%

predis/predis suggests installing ext-phpiredis (Allows faster serialization and deserialization of the Redis protocol)
monolog/monolog suggests installing mlehner/gelf-php (Allow sending log messages to a GrayLog2 server)
monolog/monolog suggests installing raven/raven (Allow sending log messages to a Sentry server)
monolog/monolog suggests installing doctrine/couchdb (Allow sending log messages to a CouchDB server)
monolog/monolog suggests installing ext-amqp (Allow sending log messages to an AMQP server (1.0+ required))
monolog/monolog suggests installing ext-mongo (Allow sending log messages to a MongoDB server)
Writing lock file
Generating autoload files
Generating optimized class loader
Compiling common classes


Setting secret key (application key)
c:\xampp3\htdocs\laravel>php artisan key:generate
Application key [b98YU4rKYhXeFnQjeAmaerM6Lr6BgJ5B] set successfully.



I think about hello world by visiting http://localhost/public/ but I’m wrong




Cool welcome page :-).

Picture : Working with laravel Shirt by titeyado