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Cortex Installer is a command line tool that depends on composer to install the Cortex project seamlessly.

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Cortex Installer is a command line tool that depends on composer to install the Cortex project seamlessly.

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Server Requirements

The Cortex application has a few system requirements. Of course, all of these requirements are satisfied by the Punnet docker environment, so it's highly recommended that you use Punnet as your local Cortex development environment.

However, if you are not using Punnet, you will need to make sure your server meets the following requirements:

  • PHP >= 7.1.3
  • OpenSSL PHP Extension
  • PDO PHP Extension
  • Mbstring PHP Extension
  • Tokenizer PHP Extension
  • XML PHP Extension
  • Ctype PHP Extension
  • JSON PHP Extension
  • BCMath PHP Extension

Installing Cortex

Cortex utilizes Composer to manage its dependencies. So, before using Laravel, make sure you have Composer installed on your machine.

Via Cortex Installer

First, download the Cortex installer using Composer:

composer global require cortex/installer

Make sure to place composer's system-wide vendor bin directory in your $PATH so the cortex executable can be located by your system. This directory exists in different locations based on your operating system; however, some common locations include:

  • macOS: $HOME/.composer/vendor/bin
  • GNU / Linux Distributions: $HOME/.config/composer/vendor/bin

Once installed, the cortex new command will create a fresh Cortex installation in the directory you specify. For instance, cortex new blog will create a directory named blog containing a fresh Cortex installation with all of Cortex's dependencies already installed:

cortex new blog

Via Composer Create-Project

Alternatively, you may also install Cortex by issuing the Composer create-project command in your terminal:

composer create-project --prefer-dist rinvex/cortex blog

Local Development Server

If you have PHP installed locally and you would like to use PHP's built-in development server to serve your application, you may use the serve Artisan command. This command will start a development server at http://localhost:8000:

php artisan serve

Of course, more robust local development options are available via Punnet.


Public Directory

After installing Cortex, you should configure your web server's document / web root to be the public directory. The index.php in this directory serves as the front controller for all HTTP requests entering your application.

Configuration Files

All of the configuration files for the Cortex application are stored in the config directory. Each option is documented, so feel free to look through the files and get familiar with the options available to you.

Directory Permissions

After installing Cortex, you may need to configure some permissions. Directories within the storage and the bootstrap/cache directories should be writable by your web server or Cortex will not run. If you are using the Punnet docker environment, these permissions should already be set.

Application Key

The next thing you should do after installing Cortex is set your application key to a random string. If you installed Cortex via Composer or the Cortex installer, this key has already been set for you by the php artisan key:generate command.

Typically, this string should be 32 characters long. The key can be set in the .env environment file. If you have not renamed the .env.example file to .env, you should do that now. If the application key is not set, your user sessions and other encrypted data will not be secure!

Additional Configuration

Cortex needs almost no other configuration out of the box. You are free to get started developing! However, you may wish to review the config/app.php file and its documentation. It contains several options such as timezone and locale that you may wish to change according to your application.

You may also want to configure a few additional components of Cortex, such as:

  • Cache
  • Database
  • Session

Web Server Configuration

Pretty URLs


Cortex includes a public/.htaccess file that is used to provide URLs without the index.php front controller in the path. Before serving Cortex with Apache, be sure to enable the mod_rewrite module so the .htaccess file will be honored by the server.

If the .htaccess file that ships with Cortex does not work with your Apache installation, try this alternative:

Options +FollowSymLinks -Indexes
RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{HTTP:Authorization} .
RewriteRule .* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^ index.php [L]


If you are using Nginx, the following directive in your site configuration will direct all requests to the index.php front controller:

location / {
    try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$query_string;

Of course, when using Punnet, pretty URLs will be automatically configured.


Refer to the Changelog for a full history of the project.


The following support channels are available at your fingertips:

Contributing & Protocols

Thank you for considering contributing to this project! The contribution guide can be found in

Bug reports, feature requests, and pull requests are very welcome.

Security Vulnerabilities

If you discover a security vulnerability within this project, please send an e-mail to All security vulnerabilities will be promptly addressed.

About Rinvex

Rinvex is a software solutions startup, specialized in integrated enterprise solutions for SMEs established in Alexandria, Egypt since June 2016. We believe that our drive The Value, The Reach, and The Impact is what differentiates us and unleash the endless possibilities of our philosophy through the power of software. We like to call it Innovation At The Speed Of Life. That’s how we do our share of advancing humanity.


This software is released under The MIT License (MIT).

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