• 3 mar


  • Leandro
    Technical Lead

  • Development

How to deploy a Laravel application on Heroku

A couple of days ago, I needed to deploy a laravel application on Heroku. Heroku is a platform as a service (PaaS) that enables developers to build and run applications entirely in the cloud. It is very popular, indeed. "It won't be difficult", I thought. However, as always, it has its tricks and workarounds. Keep reading if you want to save yourself some time.

Disclaimer: The application I will deploy does not use a database.

  1. 1. The first thing you need to do, is sign up for Heroku account and install the heroku toolbelt, a command line toolkit to instruct Heroku what to do with your applications.

  2. 2. cd into your application folder. Your application folder must be a git respository. If it is not, run:

    git init .

  3. 3. We then need to tell Heroku to look for our application within the /public directory since the default apache2 process points to the web root. To achieve this, go ahead and create a custom configuration file called Procfile. Beware of capitalization. Within this file, write down this line:

    web: vendor/bin/heroku-php-apache2 public

  4. 4. Since you have installed the Heroku toolbelt, you have now new commands to play with. We first need to create our application. Run:

    heroku apps:create your-app-name

    After this command, you will see this output:

    Creating your-app-name... done, stack is cedar-14
    https://your-app-name.herokuapp.com/ | https://git.heroku.com/your-app-name.git
    Git remote heroku added

    And the last line tell us that a new romote has been added to our repository. If you run: git config -l, you should be able to see it:


  5. 5. We need to tell Heroku that our application is an PHP application. Otherwise, Heroku will try to guess out our application stack. It happened to me that since there was a package.json file in the project, Heroku thought my application was an nodejs application. To let Heroku Know our application is an PHP application, we need to run:

    heroku config:add BUILDPACK_URL=https://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-php

  6. 6. Deploy your application:

    git push heroku master

  7. 7. Check it out:

    heroku open

  8. 8. Enjoy!

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