You would need PHP installed on your system. If you don't have PHP installed, you can refer to the installation documentation for your specific Operating System here: http://php.net/manual/en/install.php.
You would also need Composer installed. If you don't have Composer, you can get it from here: https://getcomposer.org/doc/00-intro.md
Once you have PHP and Composer installed, head over to the NodeJS website and install a Node version greater v6.3.1: https://nodejs.org/en/
You will also need VirtualBox and Vagrant installed as we will be using Homestead for developing Laravel apps.
You can download VirtualBox from here: https://www.virtualbox.org/
You can download Vagrant from here: https://www.vagrantup.com/
If you are on Windows, you need to setup your system to be able to compile Node native modules. There are two options available:
Option 1 (recommended): Install all the required tools and configurations using Microsoft's windows-build-tools for compiling Node modules. To do that just run:
npm install --global --production windows-build-tools from an elevated PowerShell or CMD.exe (run as Administrator).
Option 2: Install tools and configuration manually:
Visual C++ Build Environment:
Option 1: Install Visual C++ Build Tools using the Default Install option.
Option 2: Install Visual Studio 2015 (or modify an existing installation) and select Common Tools for Visual C++ during setup. This also works with the free Community and Express for Desktop editions.
Install Python 2.7 (v3.x.x is not supported), and run
npm config set python python2.7
npm config set msvs_version 2015
Once you have setup Node, PHP and Composer, open a terminal/command prompt and change the current working directory to the laravel directory in your downloaded Rubix folder like so (on Windows you would need to replace the backward slash "/" with the forward slash "\"):
$ cd rubix/laravel
As you can see, the laravel directory has two sub-directories: A laravel seed named laravel-seed and a simple Todo list example app named laravel-example.
We will be re-creating the laravel-example app, which, you can use as a reference for this tutorial. Please clone the laravel-seed directory and rename the new copy to laravel-todolist. (The installation steps for laravel-example is the same as below so we won't be repeating it here)
$ cp -rf laravel-seed laravel-todolist
Change the working directory to laravel-todolist and install all the project dependencies:
$ cd laravel-todolist $ composer install --no-scripts
Then run the command corresponding to the platform you are developing on:
Mac / Linux:
$ php vendor/bin/homestead make
$ vendor\bin\homestead make
Once you have done that run the following command to generate a unique key for your app:
$ php artisan key:generate
Install Node modules:
$ npm install
You may get some deprecation warnings as well as peerDependency warnings in your terminal while/after the NPM installation. Please ignore those warnings.
Once you have installed the necessary NPM dependencies, start the Virtual Machine (the compile/build time will be approximately 15-20 minutes on the first run as the VM will install v8js for React server-side rendering. Subsequent launches will be in seconds):
$ vagrant up
Once the VM is setup, run:
$ npm run dev -s
to launch the Webpack development server. Then navigate to http://localhost:8000 to view your Laravel + React app. You should see a dashboard with "Hello, World!" displayed in your browser.
Now that the basic setup is complete, click the "Next" button below to start the tutorial.
For more NPM Launch Options (like running development server on remote instance, generating sourcemaps, generating production builds, testing, RTL support etc) click here: Launch Options