First Step to Laravel Nova

  • Cubettech
  • Laravel Development
  • 6 years ago
First Step to Laravel Nova

Laravel Nova is the latest addition to the Laravel creations, a powerful administration panel for Laravel applications. It provides developers with a sleek and customizable interface for managing and monitoring their web applications, enabling them to effortlessly create administration dashboards with minimal effort. If you are new to Laravel Nova, then this blog can help you know the process of starting with it, step by step.

Getting Started

For Laravel Nova, the first thing you need to start with, is, going to Nova’s website and registering for an account. Once you complete the registration formalities, you can move forward with purchasing a license which is used to download the Nova zip files.


  1. Install Laravel

Moving forward, you need to install laravel 5.6 or greater by using composer create-project command in your terminal:

For example; I will be creating here a laravel project named ‘learnnova’ using the following command;

composer create-project laravel/laravel learnnova

  1. Add Nova Folder to Your Project

You can also add Nova to existing Laravel projects which meets the prerequisites for Nova installation. Unzip the contents of the downloaded zip file into a nova directory, inside the project root.


Once you have unzipped the source code, you need to add the following configuration to the composer.json


“repositories”: [


    “type”: “path”,

    “url”: “./nova”



Next, add laravel/nova to the require section of your composer.json.

“require”: {

        “laravel/nova”: “*”


After updating your composer.json, update composer using the following command in the terminal.

        composer update

  1. Configure your DB and install nova

Make sure you configure your DB in your .env file, before running the following commands in your terminal to install Nova.

        php artisan nova:install

        php artisan migrate

Note that App\Providers\NovaServiceProvider would be automatically added to the providers array in config/app.php. If it isn’t, you need to add it manually.


Serve your project using the following command in your terminal:

        php artisan serve

Now, you can navigate to, to see the login screen.

Create your first User

Laravel Nova provides you with an out-of-box command to create your first user. You can use the following command in your terminal and follow the prompts. However, before creating the user, you need to configure your database.

        php artisan nova:user


By using the gate method in app/Providers/NovaServiceProvider.php file, you can control the access to Nova. You can freely modify it to restrict the access.



It is just the beginning of Laravel nova, a process of installation. More is yet to come, where you can see what all we can build up with Nova.

So, to keep learning, check out the next post soon!!

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