Using HTTP/2 in Laravel: Benefits & Integration

HTTP/2 is an upgraded version of the HTTP protocol that provides significant performance benefits compared to HTTP/1.1. In this article, we will learn about the advantages of HTTP/2 and how to integrate it into Laravel applications.

Benefits of Using HTTP/2


HTTP/2 allows sending multiple requests and receiving multiple responses simultaneously over a single connection. This minimizes head-of-line blocking and improves page load performance.

Server Push

HTTP/2 supports Server Push, allowing the server to proactively push necessary resources to the browser before being requested. This reduces waiting time for resources and speeds up page load.

Header Compression

HTTP/2 uses HPACK header compression to reduce the size of request and response headers, saving bandwidth and improving performance.

Backward Compatibility with HTTP/1.1

HTTP/2 is backward compatible with HTTP/1.1. This means that browsers and servers that do not support HTTP/2 can still work with the previous HTTP version.


Integrating HTTP/2 into Laravel

To use HTTP/2 in a Laravel application, you need to install and configure a web server that supports HTTP/2, such as Apache or Nginx.

To configure a web server to support HTTP/2, follow these steps:

Install SSL/TLS Certificate

HTTP/2 requires secure connections via SSL/TLS. Therefore, you need to install an SSL/TLS certificate for your web server. You can use Let's Encrypt to obtain a free SSL certificate.

Update Web Server Version

Make sure you are using the latest version of the Apache or Nginx web server, as HTTP/2 is supported in the latest releases.

Enable HTTP/2

Configure the web server to enable HTTP/2 for pages served from Laravel. For Apache, you can use the mod_http2 module, while for Nginx, you need to set up nghttpx.


Once you have configured the web server to support HTTP/2, your Laravel application will utilize this protocol when loading resources and interacting with the server. This improves performance and enhances the user experience on browsers that support HTTP/2.