Laravel Valet setup

As stated on the official documentation, Valet is a Laravel development environment for Mac minimalists.

Laravel Valet configures your Mac to always run Nginx in the background when your machine starts. Then, using DnsMasq, Valet proxies all requests on the *.dev domain to point to sites installed on your local machine.

It is ideal for machines with low amount of RAM.

Installing Laravel Valet

The setup for Valet is really easy.

Possible issues

Composer not in the global system $PATH

When you type echo $PATH you should get something like this


If you don't have /Users/infinum/.composer/vendor/bin part that means that you need to add the composer to the global system $PATH, so that it is available to use through your terminal.

If you are using Z shell, you need to edit your /.zshrc file, and add

export PATH="$HOME/.composer/vendor/bin:$PATH"

to the list. Then you need to restart the terminal and the composer should be added to your $PATH. If you are using bash then you'd do the same but in the /.bash_profile file.

Setting the site up

Valet has a built in WordPress driver, so it supports running WordPress. You can serve your sites in two ways - using park or link option.

The park option can be used to add a whole folder to Valet. Every folder in there will then be mapped to a site and get its own .dev domain. So if you add ~/Sites folder to Valet and have a subfolder in there named wp-valet, the content of that folder will be served when you visit in your browser. No setup required. The link option can be used to serve a single site, without adding a whole directory.

$ mkdir ~/Sites
$ cd ~/Sites
$ valet park

Then you need to add wp-valet folder and use WP CLI to install WordPress.

$ mkdir wp-valet
$ cd wp-valet
$ wp core download

And this is it. Once done you should be able to go to and you'd see the classic WordPress installation screen.

Possible issues

mysql not started and database not set up

In the odd case that the installation isn't working, and you get blue 404 screen, try seeing if you are connected to the mysql database.

brew services list

You should see something like this:

Name       Status  User          Plist
dnsmasq    started root          /Library/LaunchDaemons/homebrew.mxcl.dnsmasq.plist
mysql      started infinum-denis /Users/infinum/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist
nginx      started root          /Library/LaunchDaemons/homebrew.mxcl.nginx.plist
php71      started root          /Library/LaunchDaemons/homebrew.mxcl.php71.plist
postgresql started infinum-denis /Users/infinum/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.postgresql.plist

If mysql is not running, start it with

brew services start mysql

Log into your mysql with mysql -u root and create a desired database

create database db_name;
grant all privileges on db_name.* to 'root'@'localhost' identified by "";
flush privileges;

This will create a database db_name (change this according to your project), and add root user to it.

You should then be able to add those details to the wp-config.php and install WordPress.