Build a standalone application

Your Laravel Zero project, by default, allows you to build a standalone PHAR archive to ease the deployment or distribution of your project.

php your-app-name app:build <your-build-name>

The build will provide a single phar archive, ready to use, containing all the code of your project and its dependencies. You will then be able to execute it directly:


or on Windows:

C:\application\path> php builds\<your-build-name>

We use humbug/box to provide fast application bundling. In order to configure your build, you should take a look at the file box.json.

Please check the box documentation to understand all options:

Self update

Using the app:install Artisan command you can install the self-update component:

php <your-app-name> app:install self-update

This component will add an Artisan self-update command to every build application. This command will try to download the latest version from github, if available.

This documentation is under improvement.

Environment Variables

If the dotenv component is installed, you can place a .env file in the same folder as the build application to make Laravel Zero load environment variables from that same file.