Implementing GitLab CI/CD with Laravel: Step-by-Step Guide

Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD) are crucial aspects of the software development process. When applied to Laravel projects, they enable you to establish a flexible, automated, and efficient development workflow. In this article, we will walk through each step of implementing CI/CD for your Laravel project.

Step 1: Prepare Your Environment

  1. Install GitLab Runner to execute CI/CD jobs. Ensure that the runner is correctly installed and configured.
  2. Install required software such as Composer, Node.js, and necessary tools for your Laravel project.

Step 2: Configure the .gitlab-ci.yml File

Create a .gitlab-ci.yml file in the root directory of your Laravel project to define your CI/CD pipeline. Here's a basic example:

  - build
  - test
  - deploy

  stage: build
    - composer install
    - npm install
    - php artisan key:generate

  stage: test
    - php artisan test

  stage: deploy
    - ssh user@your-server 'cd /path/to/your/project && git pull'

Step 3: Activate CI/CD on GitLab

As you push code to the GitLab repository, the CI/CD pipeline will automatically kick in. The stages (build, test, deploy) will execute their respective jobs based on the .gitlab-ci.yml file.

Step 4: Manage Deployments

  • Configure deployment environments (staging, production) and utilize environment variables within .gitlab-ci.yml.
  • Ensure that deployment to each environment is thoroughly tested and automated.


By implementing CI/CD for your Laravel project, you've established an efficient development process that accelerates deployment and ensures product quality. Continue to customize and refine the workflow to meet your project's specific requirements.

Remember, CI/CD is not just a tool; it's also a mindset in software development that helps you build better and faster products.