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Mac M1 setup for Local Development with Laravel Valet

ibrarturi profile image Ibrar Hussain ・3 min read

Last week, I have received my new Macbook Pro M1. I am really amazed by its performance and battery timing. The one thing you instantly notice is that it does not heat up like the Intel-based Macbook Pro.

I won't go into the details about how I struggled to set up my local development environment with different options like Homestead, Laradoc, Sail etc.

Using a new M1 Mac the best and easy solution is to use Laravel Valet.

Following are the steps:

Setup ARM Compatibility

  • Install Rosetta with the following command:
/usr/sbin/softwareupdate --install-rosetta --agree-to-license
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  • Add the following function to your .zshrc in order to make an alias for arm while running commands with x86 flags. Shoutout to Matt Stauffer
arm() {
  arch -x86_64 $@
}
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Homebrew

  • Run the following command to install homebrew
arm /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install.sh)"
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  • You can confirm the installation with brew --version and you should get a result like the following: Alt Text

PHP

  • Run the following command to install PHP latest version
arm brew install php
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  • If you want to install a specific version of PHP the run the following command
arm brew install php@7.3
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  • You can confirm the installation with php -v and you should get a response like the following Alt Text

MySQL

  • For the latest version of MySQL run the following command
arm brew install mysql
arm brew services start mysql
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  • For a specific version
arm brew install mysql@5.7
arm brew services start mysql@5.7
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  • Setup default root password with the following command
mysql_secure_installation
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  • It will prompt you steps like the following image Alt Text

Composer

  • Install composer via the following commands and then move the PHAR file to the bin folder
php -r "copy('https://getcomposer.org/installer', 'composer-setup.php');"
php -r "if (hash_file('sha384', 'composer-setup.php') === '756890a4488ce9024fc62c56153228907f1545c228516cbf63f885e036d37e9a59d27d63f46af1d4d07ee0f76181c7d3') { echo 'Installer verified'; } else { echo 'Installer corrupt'; unlink('composer-setup.php'); } echo PHP_EOL;"
php composer-setup.php
php -r "unlink('composer-setup.php');"
mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer
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  • Add the following line to your .zshrc file
export PATH=${PATH}:~/.composer/vendor/bin
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Valet

  • To install Valet run the following command
composer global require laravel/valet
valet install
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  • You can confirm the Valet installation by running valet -V and you should get a response like the following Alt Text
  • After successful installation, now you can either park an entire folder or link a single application folder. For more details go to Valet

Start Valet

  • You can start Valet with the following command
valet start
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  • You should get a response like the following Alt Text
  • Now, you can visit any of your Laravel application that you have already linked

Some of the useful commands list

arm brew services list
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arm brew services start mysql
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arm brew services stop mysql
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arm brew services restart mysql
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valet start
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valet stop
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valet restart
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valet install php@7.3
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valet use php@7.3
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Luigui Moreno

How is the performance and compatibility for Laravel development? do you use Phpstorm, do you have the 8gb ram or the 16gb ram version?

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Ibrar Hussain Author

So far I am satisfied with it and found no issues with Laravel development. I have 16GB RAM and use PhpStorm on daily basics.