If you can run Laravel 8 or 9, you can install Backpack. Backpack does not have additional requirements. For the following process, we assume:
you have a working installation of Laravel (an existing project is fine, you don't need a fresh Laravel install);
you have configured your .ENV file with your database and mail information;
you can run the
composer command from any directory (you have
composer registered as a global command); if you need to run
php composer.phar or reference another directory, please remember to adapt the commands below to your configuration;
0) Open your project folder in your terminal:
1) In your project's main directory:
# require Backpack using Composer composer require backpack/crud:"^5.0" composer require --dev backpack/generators # run the installation command php artisan backpack:install
Backpack install is interactive and will ask questions during installation. You can bypass the questions by adding the
--no-interactionargument to the install command.
Backpack assumes you already have your Eloquent Models properly set up. If you don't, consider using something to quickly generate Migrations & Models. You can use anything you want, but here are the options we recommend:
a) Generate from a web interface - Backpack Devtools - premium product, paid separately. A simple GUI to quickly generate Migrations, Models, Factories, Seeders and CRUDs, right from your browser. Works well for entities of all sizes.
b) Generate from the command-line - Laracasts Generators - free & open-source. Adds a new artisan command so that you can do
php artisan make:migration:schema create_users_table --schema="username:string, email:string:unique". Works well for smaller entities.
c) Generate from a YAML file - LaravelShift's Blueprint - free & open-source. Enables you to create a
draft.yml file in your repo, where you can specify the column using their custom YAML syntax. Works well for small & medium entities.
Take note that:
checkIfUserIsAdmin($user), to make sure you only allow admins to access the admin panel;
app/Providers/RouteServiceProvider::HOME, which will send logged in (but not admin) users to
/home, to something that works for your app;
config/backpack/base.phpto make the admin panel your own. Backpack is white label, so you can change everything: menu color, project name, developer name etc.
App\Models\User.php), please change
config/backpack/base.phpto use the correct user model using the
That's it. If you already know how to use Backpack, next up you'll probably want to create CRUD Panels.
If it's your first time installing Backpack, it is highly recommended that you go through our Getting Started series, to understand how Backpack works. That's why we created it - to help you learn how to use this admin panel framework. In ~23 minutes we'll teach you 80% of what you can do, and how.
In case you want to add extra functionality that's already been built, check out the installation steps for the add-ons we've developed.
Error: The process X exceeded the timeout of 60 seconds. It might mean GitHub or Packagist is unavailable at the moment. This usually doesn't last for more than a few minutes, so you can run
php artisan backpack:install --timeout=600 to increase the timeout to 10 minutes. If this doesn't work either, take a look behind the scenes with
php artisan backpack:install --timeout=600 --debug;
Error: SQLSTATE: Syntax error or access violation: 1071 Specified key was too long. Your MySQL version might be a bit old. Please apply this quick fix, then run
php artisan migrate:fresh.
Any other installation error? If you can't install Backpack because of a different error, you can try the manual installation process, which you can tweak to your needs.