Quickly login to your local environment

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When developing an app that has an admin section (or any non-public section), you'll likely seed test users to login. In large teams that work on many different apps it can be cumbersome to keep track of the right credentials. Is the user account "", or "", or even ""? Is that password "password", or "secret", or something is else? How do I login with a user that has a different role?

This package solves that problem by offering a component that will render a login link. When clicked, that link will log you in.

In your login view, you can add the x-login-link component to show the login link. The @env('local') will make sure that the links are only rendered in the local environment.

    <div class="space-y-2">
        <x-login-link email="" label="Login as admin"/>
        <x-login-link email="" label="Login as regular user"/>

Here's what that might look like in the browser:


It is meant for local development, and probably shouldn't be used in any publicly reachable environment.

Are you a visual learner?

Here's a Laracasts video that demonstrates Laravel Login Link made by Christoph Rumpel.

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You can install the package via composer.

composer require spatie/laravel-login-link

Optionally, you can publish the config file with:

php artisan vendor:publish --tag="login-link-config"

This is the contents of the published config file:

use Spatie\LoginLink\Http\Controllers\LoginLinkController;

return [
     * Login links will only work in these environments. In all
     * other environments, an exception will be thrown.
    'allowed_environments' => ['local'],

     * The package will automatically create a user model when trying
     * to log in a user that doesn't exist.
    'automatically_create_missing_users' => true,

     * The user model that should be logged in. If this is set to `null`
     * we'll take a look at the model used for the `users`
     * provider in config/auth.php
    'user_model' => null,

     * After a login link is clicked, we'll redirect the user to this route.
     * If it is set to `null`, we'll redirect the user to their last intended/requested url.
     * You can set it to `/`, for making redirect to the root page.
    'redirect_route_name' => null,

     * The package will register a route that points to this controller. To have fine
     * grained control over what happens when a login link is clicked, you can
     * override this class.
    'login_link_controller' => LoginLinkController::class,

     * This middleware will be applied on the route
     * that logs in a user via a link.
    'middleware' => ['web'],

Optionally, you can publish the views using

php artisan vendor:publish --tag="login-link-views"


To render a login link, simply add the x-login-link Blade component to your view. We highly recommend to only render it in the local environment.

    <x-login-link />

This component will render a link that, when clicked, will log you in. By default, it will redirect you to the last intended/requested url, but you can customize that by specifying a route name in the redirect_route_name of the login-link config file. You can also specify the redirect URL on the component itself:

<x-login-link redirect-url="{{ route('dashboard') }}"  />

Specifying the user model to log in

By default, it will use the user model class that is specified in the providers.users.model key of the auth config file. To override this, you can set the user_model of the login-link config file to the class name of your user model.

The package will log in the first user in the table. You customize that by passing an email attribute. The user with that mail address will be logged in.

<x-login-link email=""  />

Alternatively, you can specify the primary key of the user (in most cases this will be the id)

<x-login-link key="123"  />

You can also specify the attributes of the user that needs to be logged in.

<x-login-link :user-attributes="['role' => 'admin']"  />

Customizing the login link

By default, the package will display "Developer login" as the text of the login link. You can customize that by passing a label attribute.

<x-login-link label="Click here to log in">

A login link will have the Tailwind class underline by default. To customize that, you can pass any css class that you want to the class property. These classes will override the underline default.

Here's how you can create a red, underlined link (when using Tailwind CSS).

<x-login-link class="underline text-red-500">

Specifying the login guard

By default, the package will use the default guard. You can specify another guard.

<x-login-link guard="admin">

Automatic user creation

If the user that needs to be logged in does not exist, the package will use the factory of your user model to create the user, and log that new user in.

If you don't want this behaviour, set automatically_create_missing_users in the local-link config file to false.

Usage with Vue and InertiaJS

The package has a built-in component to support Vue and InertiaJS. The props are the same of blade component.

Edit the HandleInertiaRequests middleware like so:

public function share(Request $request): array
    return array_merge(parent::share($request), [
        'environment' => app()->environment(),
        // ...

So, if you need to show the button only in your local environment, use the component like so:

import LoginLink from '@/../../vendor/spatie/laravel-login-link/resources/js/login-link.vue';

<LoginLink v-if="$page.props.environment == 'local'" />

// or

<LoginLink v-if="$page.props.environment == 'local'" label="Login as" class="pb-3 text-red-500" :redirect-url="route('dashboard')" />

Usage with React / Js / ...

The package comes with Vue support only. When you use any other JS front end framework to render your views, you can still make use of the package.

You should send a POST request to /laravel-login-link-login. If you don't give it any payload, then it will log in the first user in your users table. If there is no user, it will be created.

Optionally, you can post any of these payload fields. The functionality of these payloads fields match those of the attributes that you can pass to x-login-link component.

  • email: attempt to log in the user with the given email address
  • key: attempt to log in the user with the given key (in most cases the id of the users)
  • redirect_url: to which URL should we redirect after logging in
  • user_attributes: an array containing the attributes that the user that will be logged in needs to have.

Since this is a POST request, make sure to pass a CSRF token as well.

Usage in other environments

Out of the box, the login link will only work in a local environment. If you want to use it other environments, set the allowed_environments key of the login-link config file to the names of those environments.

Beware however, that you should never display login links in any environment that is publicly reachable, as it will allow anyone to log in.

How the package works under the hood

Povilas Korop of Laravel Daily made a nice video on the internals of the package.


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