Install lumen in windows

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In this tutorial we will see how to install the latest Lumen (micro-framework by Laravel) in windows with xampp.

Before installing the Lumen, please make sure you have the server matching the following requirements:

  • PHP >= 7.0
  • OpenSSL PHP Extension
  • PDO PHP Extension
  • Mbstring PHP Extension
We can install the Lumen in two ways:
  1. Via Composer Create-Project
  2. Via Lumen Installer
Using composer to install the Lumen make the dependency management very easy. Make sure you have composer installed on your machine.

Via Composer Create-Project

Go to your project folder. (xampp> htdocs) in my case. You can install the Lumen by Composer “create-project” command. Open your terminal and navigate to project directory and run below command:
composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/lumen lumen-exception

Via Lumen Installer

You need to download the Lument installer first by running below command:
composer global require "laravel/lumen-installer"


then you can install Lumen with below command:
lumen new lumen-exception
Above command will create a new folder called “lumen-exception” and install the Lumen inside it. On completion you can check the downloaded source of Lumen. It has below directory structure:




Lumen stores all the configuration options in a file called “.env” file. Open this file and provide the value for the APP_KEY variable in. You can provide any random string which should be 32 characters long.  

For example: ae2783e1a58024cd21d154c0a2d48789

This APP_KEY is used for the encryption of data in application.
Now navigate to your project URL: http://localhost/lumen-exception/public/   If you see the below message, it means we have successfully installed the lumen:
Lumen (5.5.2) (Laravel Components 5.5.*)
That’s it!! Lumen is installed successfully. If you are facing any issue then please send me your issue on my email :