Getting Started



Choose the setup the best suits your needs.

A) Setup for Single Project

(Follow these steps if you want a separate Docker environment for each project)

A.1) Already have a PHP project:

1 - Clone laradock on your project root directory:

git submodule add

Note: If you are not using Git yet for your project, you can use git clone instead of git submodule.

To keep track of your Laradock changes, between your projects and also keep Laradock updated check these docs

2 - Make sure your folder structure should look like this:

* project-a
*   laradock-a
* project-b
*   laradock-b

(It’s important to rename the laradock folders to unique name in each project, if you want to run laradock per project).

3 - Go to the Usage section.

A.2) Don’t have a PHP project yet:

1 - Clone this repository anywhere on your machine:

git clone

Your folder structure should look like this:

* laradock
* project-z

2 - Edit your web server sites configuration.

We’ll need to do step 1 of the Usage section now to make this happen.

cp .env.example .env

At the top, change the APP_CODE_PATH_HOST variable to your project path.


Make sure to replace project-z with your project folder name.

3 - Go to the Usage section.

B) Setup for Multiple Projects:

(Follow these steps if you want a single Docker environment for all your projects)

1 - Clone this repository anywhere on your machine (similar to Steps A.2. from above):

git clone

Your folder structure should look like this:

* laradock
* project-1
* project-2

Make sure the APP_CODE_PATH_HOST variable points to parent directory.


2 - Go to your web server and create config files to point to different project directory when visiting different domains:

For Nginx go to nginx/sites, for Apache2 apache2/sites.

Laradock by default includes some sample files for you to copy app.conf.example, laravel.conf.example and symfony.conf.example.

3 - change the default names *.conf:

You can rename the config files, project folders and domains as you like, just make sure the root in the config files, is pointing to the correct project folder name.

4 - Add the domains to the hosts files.  project-1.test  project-2.test

If you use Chrome 63 or above for development, don’t use .dev. Why?. Instead use .localhost, .invalid, .test, or .example.

4 - Go to the Usage section.


Read Before starting:

If you are using Docker Toolbox (VM), do one of the following:

We recommend using a Docker Engine version which is newer than 19.03.0.

Warning: If you used an older version of Laradock it’s highly recommended to rebuild the containers you need to use see how you rebuild a container in order to prevent as much errors as possible.

1 - Enter the laradock folder and copy .env.example to .env

cp .env.example .env

You can edit the .env file to choose which software’s you want to be installed in your environment. You can always refer to the docker-compose.yml file to see how those variables are being used.

Depending on the host’s operating system you may need to change the value given to COMPOSE_FILE. When you are running Laradock on Mac OS the correct file separator to use is :. When running Laradock from a Windows environment multiple files must be separated with ;.

By default the containers that will be created have the current directory name as suffix (e.g. laradock_workspace_1). This can cause mixture of data inside the container volumes if you use laradock in multiple projects. In this case, either read the guide for multiple projects or change the variable COMPOSE_PROJECT_NAME to something unique like your project name.

2 - Build the environment and run it using docker-compose

In this example we’ll see how to run NGINX (web server) and MySQL (database engine) to host a PHP Web Scripts:

docker-compose up -d nginx mysql

Note: All the web server containers nginx, apache ..etc depends on php-fpm, which means if you run any of them, they will automatically launch the php-fpm container for you, so no need to explicitly specify it in the up command. If you have to do so, you may need to run them as follows: docker-compose up -d nginx php-fpm mysql.

You can select your own combination of containers from this list.

(Please note that sometimes we forget to update the docs, so check the docker-compose.yml file to see an updated list of all available containers).

3 - Enter the Workspace container, to execute commands like (Artisan, Composer, PHPUnit, Gulp, …)

docker-compose exec workspace bash

Alternatively, for Windows PowerShell users: execute the following command to enter any running container:

docker exec -it {workspace-container-id} bash

Note: You can add --user=laradock to have files created as your host’s user. Example:

docker-compose exec --user=laradock workspace bash

You can change the PUID (User id) and PGID (group id) variables from the .env file)

4 - Update your project configuration to use the database host

Open your PHP project’s .env file or whichever configuration file you are reading from, and set the database host DB_HOST to mysql:


You need to use the Laradock’s default DB credentials which can be found in the .env file (ex: MYSQL_USER=). Or you can change them and rebuild the container.

If you want to install Laravel as PHP project, see How to Install Laravel in a Docker Container.

5 - Open your browser and visit your localhost address.

Make sure you add use the right port number as provided by your running server.


If you followed the multiple projects setup, you can visit http://project-1.test/ and http://project-2.test/.