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v1.0.1 2021-03-29 17:50 UTC


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Super-powered laravel new for Laravel and Valet

Lambo is a command-line tool that replaces the Laravel installer and wraps up the most common tasks you might take when creating a Laravel app: opening it in your editor and your browser, initialize a git repository, tweak your .env and .env.example, and more.



composer global require tightenco/lambo:^1.0


composer global update tightenco/lambo


Make sure ~/.composer/vendor/bin is in your terminal's path.

cd ~/Sites
lambo new myNextProject

What exactly does it do?

  • laravel new $PROJECTNAME
  • Initialize a git repo, add all of the files, and, after some changes below, make a commit with the text "Initial commit."
  • Replace the .env (and .env.example) database credentials with the default macOS MySQL credentials: database of $PROJECTNAME, user root, and empty password
  • Replace the .env (and .env.example) APP_URL with $PROJECTNAME.$YOURVALETTLD
  • Generate an app key
  • Open the project in your favorite editor
  • Open $PROJECTNAME.$YOURVALETTLD in your browser

Note: If your $PROJECTNAME has dashes (-) in it, they will be replaced with underscores (_) in the database name.

There are also a few optional behaviors based on the parameters you pass (or define in your config file), including creating a database, migrating, installing Jetstream, running Valet Link and/or Secure, and running a custom bash script of your definition after the fact.

Customizing Lambo

While the default actions Lambo provides are great, most users will want to customize at least a few of the steps. Thankfully, Lambo is built to be customized!

There are three ways to customize your usage of Lambo: command-line arguments, a config file, and an "after" file.

Most users will want to set their preferred configuration options once and then never think about it again. That's best solved by creating a config file.

But if you find yourself needing to change the way you interact with Lambo on a project-by-project basis, you may also want to use the command-line parameters to customize Lambo when you're using it.

Creating a config file

You can create a config file at ~/.lambo/config rather than pass the same arguments each time you create a new project.

The following command creates the file, if it doesn't exist, and edits it:

lambo edit-config

The config file contains the configuration parameters you can customize, and will be read on every usage of Lambo.

Creating an "after" file

You can also create an after file at ~/.lambo/after to run additional commands after you create a new project.

The following command creates the file, if it doesn't exist, and edits it:

lambo edit-after

The after file is interpreted as a bash script, so you can include any commands here, such as installing additional composer dependencies...

# Install additional composer dependencies as you would from the command line.
echo "Installing Composer Dependencies"
composer require tightenco/mailthief tightenco/quicksand

...or copying additional files to your new project.

# To copy standard files to new lambo project place them in ~/.lambo/includes directory.
echo "Copying Include Files"
cp -R ~/.lambo/includes/ $PROJECTPATH

You also have access to variables from your config file such as $PROJECTPATH and $CODEEDITOR.

Using command-line parameters

Any command-line parameters passed in will override Lambo's defaults and your config settings. See a full list of the parameters you can pass in.

Lambo Commands

  • help or help-screen show the help screen

  • edit-config edits your config file (and creates one if it doesn't exist)

    lambo edit-config
  • edit-after edits your "after" file (and creates one if it doesn't exist)

    lambo edit-after

Configurable parameters

You can optionally pass one or more of these parameters every time you use Lambo. If you find yourself wanting to configure any of these settings every time you run Lambo, that's a perfect use for the config files.

  • -e or --editor to define your editor command. Whatever is passed here will be run as $EDITOR . after creating the project.

    # runs "subl ." in the project directory after creating the project
    lambo new superApplication --editor=subl
  • -m or --message to set the first Git commit message.

    lambo new superApplication --message="This lambo runs fast!"
  • -p or --path to specify where to install the application.

    lambo new superApplication --path=~/Sites
  • -d or --dev to choose the develop branch instead of master, getting the beta install.

    lambo new superApplication --dev
  • -b or --browser to define which browser you want to open the project in.

    lambo new superApplication --browser="/Applications/Google Chrome Canary.app"
  • -l or --link to create a Valet link to the project directory.

    lambo new superApplication --link
  • -s or --secure to secure the Valet site using https.

    lambo new superApplication --secure
  • --create-db to create a new MySQL database which has the same name as your project. This requires mysql command to be available on your system.

    lambo new superApplication --create-db
  • --migrate-db to migrate your database.

    lambo new superApplication --migrate-db
  • --dbuser to specify the database username.

    lambo new superApplication --dbuser=USER
  • --dbpassword specify the database password.

    lambo new superApplication --dbpassword=SECRET
  • --dbhost specify the database host.

    lambo new superApplication --dbhost=
  • --inertia to install Jetstream using Inertia.

    lambo new superApplication --inertia
  • --livewire to install Jetstream using Livewire.

    lambo new superApplication --livewire
  • --teams to install Jetstream using teams.

    lambo new superApplication --teams
  • --full to use --create-db, --migrate-db, --link, and -secure.

    lambo new superApplication --full

For contributors:

Process for release

If you're working with us and are assigned to push a release, here's the easiest process:

  1. Visit the Lambo Releases page; figure out what your next tag will be (increase the third number if it's a patch or fix; increase the second number if it's adding features)

  2. On your local machine, pull down the latest version of main (git checkout main && git pull)

  3. Build for the version you're targeting (./lambo app:build)

  4. Run the build once to make sure it works (./builds/lambo)

  5. Commit your build and push it up

  6. Draft a new release with both the tag version and release title of your tag (e.g. v1.5.1)

  7. Set the body to be a bullet-point list with simple descriptions for each of the PRs merged, as well as the PR link in parentheses at the end. For example:

    - Add a superpower (#92)

  8. Hit Publish release

  9. Profit

Notes for future development

  • All new configuration keys must be added to the $newConfiguration property in UpgradeSavedConfiguration
  • All removed or deprecated configuration keys must be added to the $removedConfigurationKeys property in UpgradeSavedConfiguration
  • Any time configuration keys are changed, the $configurationVersion property in UpgradeSavedConfiguration needs to be incremented