Checking how your local projects render in other browsers is a typical and easy to achieve task. Most likely you have a stack of browsers installed on your host machine, where you simply open a project in desired browser to find out if it behaves in a specific manner. But what if you need to check both appearance and behavior of your projects on mobile devices like iPhone or iPad? Let me show you a bit more robust solution than browser's dev tools.
This solution is not going to explain what Laravel Homestead is. It is assumed that you should have your Homestead virtual machine installed into
~/Homestead directory with all your projects living inside
~/Code. For now let's just create two Laravel projects. Ensure that Homestead is not running:
cd ~/Homestead vagrant halt
~/Homestead/Homestead.yaml and define new projects:
- Project Foo located in
~/Code/project-fooand available at
- Project Bar located in
~/Code/project-barand available at
--- ip: "192.168.10.10" memory: 2048 cpus: 2 provider: virtualbox authorize: ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub keys: - ~/.ssh/id_rsa folders: - map: ~/Code to: /home/vagrant/Code sites: - map: foo.local to: /home/vagrant/Code/project-foo/public - map: bar.local to: /home/vagrant/Code/project-bar/public databases: - homestead features: - mariadb: false - ohmyzsh: false - webdriver: false
Within your hosts file, add new entries so that you can access these sites from your host machine.
192.168.10.10 foo.local 192.168.10.10 bar.local
Obviously make sure that the IP address matches the IP of your Homestead VM and if it doesn't, change it accordingly.
Now let's create new Laravel projects (Foo and Bar). Create two directories and put new Laravel project inside (see this dot at the end - it's going to use current working directory as a location for new Laravel app.
cd ~/Code mkdir project-foo project-bar cd ~/Code/project-foo composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel . cd ~/Code/project-bar composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel .
Once Composer is done creating both Laravel projects, it is time to boot up Homestead VM and provision all the changes.
cd ~/Homestead vagrant up --provision
At this point you should be able to open both
bar.local on your host machine using any browser you want.
Currently both projects are still only accessible on the physical host machine.
Accessing Homestead from guest (other) machine over LAN
Hah, this should be fairly easy! Just give me the IP address of the host machine!
Well, I bet this was the first thought that has come to your mind, but I must disappoint you, it won't work. There was a reason why I decided to create two sample projects rather than a single one. Even if you know the IP address of the host machine, how do you know which project to serve? Both fight on port
80. You cannot have a cookie and eat a cookie at the same time.
It's easy to prove. The physical IP address of my host machine is
ifconfig | grep en0 -C 2
I will try to open this IP on my iPad. Let's see what I get.
OK, so how you're going to solve this bit?
The idea is to assign custom HTTP ports for every project handled by Homestead. Take a look how I have modified
22 on above screen as well as entire chunk of lines between
36. I have assigned custom port
81 to Project Foo and port
82 to Project Bar. These are internal ports used by the VM. Next I did mapping so that incoming traffic from the outside on port
8081 will be directed to port
81. Same for port
82 (and external
Let's see what will happen now. To apply changes. Shut down the VM and boot it up with
cd ~/Homestead vagrant halt vagrant up --provision
I will open
192.168.1.11:8082 on my iPad's Safari.
Both projects are accessible over the LAN.
The last thing we could improve is to swap local IP address with the host name. On your Mac, go to System Preferences and open Sharing to find out your host name. In my case it is
Below is the final result.
Hope you will find this article useful. Simple yet effective solution. It has helped me a lot.