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Deploy Laravel application with database to Heroku

jsafe00 profile image Saf Venture Updated on ・4 min read

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Why Heroku?

I would like to start my blog with the question “why” as there are lots of technologies to choose from that are maybe better and more convenient to use but after all, it’s all about personal preferences.

So why Heroku?

Heroku is a public PaaS (Platform as a Service) provider that makes it easy to deploy applications written using several technology stacks at no cost. Application developers all around the globe use Heroku-like services to implement and test their applications remotely without any pain.
It’s free and easy to use.

Prepare your Laravel app

On this tutorial, I will use the repo : https://github.com/rappasoft/laravel-boilerplate. Laravel Boilerplate provides you with a massive head start on any size web application. It comes with a full featured access control system out of the box with an easy to learn API and is built on a Bootstrap foundation with a front and backend architecture. A big thanks to all who made contributions to this open source laravel app. Go ahead, fork and clone that repo or you can use your own depending on your preference.

I assume you tested your app on local and everything worked fine before proceeding to set up the heroku.

Prepare your Heroku CLI
You can download heroku-cli at:


Download and install Heroku according to your OS.
Once installation is finished, go back to your terminal and try to execute:

heroku login

The heroku login will appear. Click login.
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When you go back to your terminal you will see something like this:
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Create Procfile inside your main Laravel

Inside your Procfile, put this code line.
web: vendor/bin/heroku-php-apache2 public/

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Go back to your terminal and type:

git init - This is for git initialization
heroku create - This command will create your app and repository name in Heroku

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After that, commit and push your project to Heroku.

git add .
git commit –m “first commit”
git push heroku master
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Now, go to heroku dashboard, you will see something like this.
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Try to access your app by clicking Open app button.
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This will give you a 500 server error because we have not set any configuration from our .env file on our Laravel app into Heroku.

Add Config Vars setttings in Heroku

Click settings then add the config vars like below. Follow some config in your .env file. The APP_ENV is production while APP_URL is your heroku url. Please refer below my configuration.
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Try to access your app. You should see your app is successfully deployed now.
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Configure database
Lastly, we will configure our database so that we can run migrations and seeders in Heroku. Actually, we can use MySQL but we need to upgrade our membership. That’s why in this tutorial, we will be using PostgreSQL because it’s free. :)

Click on Resources Menu. Then search for Postgres.
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Click install Heroku Postgres. After successful installation, heroku postgres is available in our dashboard resources just like below.

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After that, go to your terminal and type:

heroku config
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Take note on your DATABASE_URL.

On your laravel app go to config/database.php file, and put this code on the top.

Change DATABASE_URL to the url on your heroku config.
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Then set the pgsql part like below.
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Set pgsql as your default database setup.
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Now, we will commit and push our changes in heroku repo. In your terminal run these commands below.

git add .
git commit –m “update db connection”
git push heroku master

Then, run migration in heroku.

heroku run php artisan migrate
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After migration, don’t forget to execute
heroku run php artisan db:seed
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Then access your heroku app

Use the email and password below to explore laravel-boilerplate.
email: admin@admin.com
password: secret
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There you have it! You now have a running laravel-boilerplate app with database deployed in heroku.

Hopefully this tutorial is useful to you.

Ending this tutorial with something I read last night which I think is worth sharing. 🙂

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In my blog, you will find me posting about little tips I have found while learning. It might not be much, but I know it can certainly help someone out there.


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There are no commands defined in the "ide-helper" namespace.

   Script @php artisan ide-helper:generate handling the post-autoload-dump event returned with error code 1

! WARNING: A post-autoload-dump script terminated with an error
! ERROR: Dependency installation failed!

! The 'composer install' process failed with an error. The cause
! may be the download or installation of packages, or a pre- or
! post-install hook (e.g. a 'post-install-cmd' item in 'scripts')
! in your 'composer.json'.

! Typical error cases are out-of-date or missing parts of code,
! timeouts when making external connections, or memory limits.

! Check the above error output closely to determine the cause of
! the problem, ensure the code you're pushing is functioning
! properly, and that all local changes are committed correctly.

! For more information on builds for PHP on Heroku, refer to
! devcenter.heroku.com/articles/php-...

! REMINDER: the following warnings were emitted during the build;
! check the details above, as they may be related to this error:
! - A post-autoload-dump script terminated with an error
! Push rejected, failed to compile PHP app.
! Push failed



Try these steps:

  1. Remove the line about "barryvdh/laravel-ide-helper" from require-dev on composer.json file.
  2. Then in your terminal execute : composer require barryvdh/laravel-ide-helper

I think you can combine Laravel and dbdesigner.id as your database designer. This can make your project readable and clear documentation.


Thanks. i will look into that. :)


Thanks a lot!
Create Procfile inside your main Laravel.
Where is the Profile file? In my local repo or heroku account?


How to populate the heroku database with data on your local device


hmmm.. I haven't tried that. But maybe this could help devcenter.heroku.com/articles/hero...