How to deploy my own laravel 8 project to ubuntu with nginx

How to deploy my own laravel 8 project to ubuntu with nginx

Published at - Aug 15, 2021

LaraSail is a CLI tool for Laravel to help you Sail the Servers of the DigitalOcean

You'll need a DigitalOcean Account before getting started (Signup here), then you'll need to create a New Droplet. Make sure to select Ubuntu Server:


SSH into your server and run the following command:

curl -sL | tar xz && source larasail-master/install

You can make sure it's installed by running

larasail -h

Setup Your Server

larasail setup

The default configuration will install Nginx, PHP 7.4, and MySQL 5.7. If you wish to use PHP 7.1, PHP 7.2, or PHP 7.3, you can include the argument php71/php72/php73 like so:

larasail setup php71 # Install with PHP 7.1
larasail setup php72 # Install with PHP 7.2
larasail setup php73 # Install with PHP 7.3
larasail setup php80 # Install with PHP 8.0


By default, larasail will setup the latest version of MySQL. To opt for MariaDB instead, kindly pass mariadb to larasail setup as the second or third parameter like so:

larasail setup mariadb # will install default php version (7.4) and MariaDB
larasail setup php80 mariadb # will install the selected php version (8.0 in this case) and MariaDB
larasail setup mariadb php80 # same as 2 above

Creating a New Site

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After setting up the server you can create a new project automatically by running:

larasail new <project-name> [--jet <livewire|inertia>] [--teams] [--www-alias]

This will automatically create a project folder in /var/www and set up a host if provided project name contains periods (they will be replaced with underscores for the directory name). By default, larasail sets up the Nginx site configuration and Letsencrypt SSL certificate for your domain. If you would like both the www alias and root domain setup (i.e and kindly pass the --www-alias flag.


(Wave)[] - The Software as a Service Starter Kit, designed to help you build the SAAS of your dreams rocket moneybag Larasail now allows you to create a new wave project automatically by adding --wave flag to the new command as follows:

larasail new <project-name> [--wave]

Just like Laravel above, this will automaically create a project folder, setup the Nginx site configuration and Letsencrypt SSL certificate for your domain. By default, you will be promted to create a project database and if successful, will migrate and seed the database.

construction Manually

Alternatively, you can Clone a Repo or Create a New Laravel app within the /var/www folder:

cd /var/www && laravel new mywebsite

If you want to include [Laravel Jetstream][ into your project, you need to specify the --jet option:

cd /var/www && laravel new mywebsite --jet

Then, you'll need to setup a new Nginx Host by running:

larasail host /var/www/mywebsite --www-alias

larasail host accepts 3 parameters:

  1. Your website domain (
  2. The location of the files for your site (/var/www/mywebsite/public)
  3. Optional flag if you would like to include your project's www alias: (--www-alias)

Finally, point your Domain to the IP address of your new server... And Wallah, you're ready to rock metal with your new Laravel website. If you used the --www-alias flag, don't forget to add your domain's www CNAME record


When installing and setting up Larasail there are 2 passwords that are randomly generated.

  1. The password for the new larasail user created on the server.
  2. The default MySQL password

To get the larasail user password you can type in the following command:

larasail pass

And the password for the larasail user will be displayed. Next, to get the default MySQL root password you can type the following command

larasail mysqlpass

And the MySQL root password will be displayed.

Creating database

After you have created your project you can create additional database and user for it using the following command:

larasail database init [--user larasail] [--db larasail] [--force]

By default it will create user and database larasail and grant all permissions to that user.

TIP: If you are in the project directory when you run this command, it will also try to update .env file with newly generated credentials.

After you have created databases, you can show newly generated passwords using the following command:

larasail database pass

Switching to Larasail user

When you SSH into your server you may want to Switch Users back to the larasail user, You can do so with the following command:

su - larasail

Make sure to star this repo and watch this repo for future updates. Thanks for checking out Larasail boat

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Harendra Kanojiya

Hello, I am Harendra Kumar Kanojiya - Owner of this website and a Fullstack web developer. I have expertise in full-stack web development using Angular, PHP, Node JS, Python, Laravel, Codeigniter and, Other web technologies. I also love to write blogs on the latest web technology to keep me and others updated. Thank you for reading the articles.

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