First and foremost, I find Ubuntu the Linux distribution easiest to install and best supported when learning Web Development. I’m sure that’s open for debate, but that’s what the comments are for.
I suggest that your install Homebrew, “The Missing Package Manager for macOS (or Linux)”. It’s great but if you choose another path, I hope you can still follow along.
DDEV is an open source tool that makes it dead simple to get local PHP development environments up and running within minutes. It's powerful and flexible as a result of its per-project environment configurations, which can be extended, version controlled, and shared. In short, DDEV aims to allow development teams to use Docker in their workflow without the complexities of bespoke configuration.
Follow the directions at https://ddev.readthedocs.io/en/stable/#installation which will ensure you have everything needed to install DDEV and then Laravel.
Copy and paste from below, replace MY_SITE=”” with the name you wish to choose for you site:
MY_SITE=my-laravel-app mkdir $MY_SITE cd $MY_SITE ddev config --project-type=laravel --docroot=public --create-docroot ddev start ddev composer create --prefer-dist laravel/laravel ddev exec "cat .env.example | sed -E 's/DB_(HOST|DATABASE|USERNAME|PASSWORD)=(.*)/DB_\1=db/g' > .env" ddev exec "php artisan key:generate" ddev launch
The ddev launch command should have opened your default browser to this screen: