Custom artisan command for Laravel 5 to help speed up you web app development

1.0.0 2016-07-06 13:29 UTC


AppSkeleton for Laravel is a custom artisan command that helps you speed up your application development by generating a ready structure (based on a json file) of files and direcories you'll need for your app


  • (Optional) If you need an advanced option to create migrations with schemas, you'll need to install laracasts/generators (by Jeffrey Way). If you use Composer to install this package, it's done automatically and you have to add its service provider in app/Providers/AppServiceProvider.php


Step 1: Install Through Composer

$ composer require fbnkcmaster/appskeleton-for-laravel

Step 2: Register the command

This is done within the app/Console/Kernel.php file, like so:

protected $commands = [
	// add the line below to this array
  • If you download and install it manually then you have to set the path/to/AppSkeleton/AppSkeletonCommand::class to register the command within the app/Console/Kernel.php file, like so:
protected $commands = [
	// add the line below to this array
  • Optional

    You will need to install Jeffrey Way's laracasts/generators for more advanced option with migrations.

    Then add its service provider in app/Providers/AppServiceProvider.php, like so:

public function register()
    if ($this->app->environment() == 'local') {

Step 3: That's all!

You're ready now. Run php artisan from the console, and you'll see the new command make:appskeleton in the make:* namespace section.


Example of a json file

Put the json file whereever you can access it from the artisan command

    "name": "App Name",
    "routes": [
        {"get": "/:function () {return view('welcome');}"},
        {"get": "home:HomeControler@index"},
        {"get": "users/{user}:UsersController@show"},
        {"post": "post:PostsController@store"},
        {"post": "comment:CommentsController@store"},
        {"resource": "post:PostsController"},
        {"resource": "comment:CommentsController"}
    "controllers": [
        {"name": "home"},
        {"name": "dashboard"},
        {"name": "users", "resource": false},
        {"name": "posts", "resource": true},
        {"name": "comments", "resource": true}
    "models": [
        {"name": "user"},
        {"name": "post", "migration": false},
        {"name": "comment", "migration": true}
    "migrations": [ // Jeffrey Way's laracasts/generators needed to take care of this, otherwise the schema is ignored and it will generate simple migrations files
        {"users_infos": "username:string, email:string:unique"},
        {"posts": "id:integer:unique, title:string"},
        {"comments": "id:integer:unique, post_id:integer:unique, text:string"}
    "views": ["home", "dashboard", "pages.users", "pages.posts", "pages.comments"],
    "assets": [
        {"sass": ["file1.sass", "file2.sass", "partials/subfile1.sass"]},
        {"js": ["file1.js", "file2.js", "plugins/file1.js", "plugins/file2.js"]}
    "publics": ["folder1", "folder2", "folder2/subfolder1", "folder2/subfolder2"]

Run commands

Generate everything in the json file (where AppSkeleton.json in the root of your Laravel application)

$ php artisan make:appskeleton

You can specify the path to your json file

$ php artisan make:appskeleton path/to/your/appskeleton_file.json

Genereate just Controllers and Views

$ php artisan make:appskeleton --controllers --views

Backup what was generated

$ php artisan make:appskeleton [--controllers] [--views] --backup

Delete what was generated

$ php artisan make:appskeleton [--controllers] [--views] --clear

Force delete generated files and directories even the backups

$ php artisan make:appskeleton [--controllers] [--views] --clear --f

Available Arguments

path/to/file.json 			set the json file that contains the structure of the app

Available Options

--routes 					parse routes
--controllers 				parse controllers
--models 					parse models
--migrations 				parse migrations
--views 					parse views
--assets 					parse assets
--publics 					parse publics
--routes 					parse routes
--b, --backup 				make backup of generated files
--c, --clear 				delete generated files
--f, --force 				force delete generated files even backups