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Backend for app, built for a serie of articles on my blog.

The purpose of this repository is to provide API with Laravel 5.8 and connecting JavaScript front-end frameworks like Vue.js 2 or other clients to them.

Beside Laravel, this project uses other tools like :


Development environment requirements :

Setting up your development environment on your local machine :

$ git clone
$ cd todolist-backend-laravel
$ cp .env.example .env
$ docker-compose run --rm --no-deps todolist-server composer install
$ docker-compose run --rm --no-deps todolist-server php artisan key:generate
$ docker-compose run --rm --no-deps todolist-server php artisan jwt:secret
$ docker-compose up -d

Before starting

You need to run the migrations :

$ docker-compose run --rm todolist-server php artisan migrate

Seed the database :

$ docker-compose run --rm todolist-server php artisan db:seed

This will create a new user that you can use to sign in :

Email : [email protected]
Password : 4nak1n

Useful commands

Running tests :

$ docker-compose run --rm todolist-server ./vendor/bin/phpunit --cache-result --order-by=defects --stop-on-defect

Running php-cs-fixer :

$ docker-compose run --rm --no-deps todolist-server ./vendor/bin/php-cs-fixer fix --config=.php_cs --verbose --dry-run --diff

Generating backup :

$ docker-compose run --rm todolist-server php artisan backup:run --only-db

Discover package

$ docker-compose run --rm --no-deps todolist-server php artisan package:discover

Generating fake data :

$ docker-compose run --rm todolist-server php artisan db:seed --class=DevDatabaseSeeder

Accessing the API

Clients can access to the REST API. API requests require authentication via JWT. You can create a new one with you credentials.

$ curl -X POST http://localhost:8000/api/v1/auth/login -d "email=your_email&password=your_password"

Then, you can use this token either as url parameter or in Authorization header :

# Url parameter
curl -X POST http://localhost:8000/api/v1/auth/me?token=your_jwt_token_here

# Authorization Header
curl -X POST --header "Authorization: Bearer your_jwt_token_here" http://localhost:8000/api/v1/auth/me

API are prefixed by api and the API version number like so v1.

Do not forget to set the X-Requested-With header to XMLHttpRequest. Otherwise, Laravel won't recognize the call as an AJAX request.

To list all the available routes for API :

$ docker-compose run --rm --no-deps todolist-server php artisan route:list

You can import my Insomnia workspace configured to work with the API : .insomnia/todolist-backend-laravel.json.

Broadcasting & WebSockets

Before using WebSockets, you need to set the PUSHER related keys in your .env file.

You could find this keys on

You also need to set the BROADCAST_DRIVER key :


Deploy in production

You can serve your application with nginx in production.

You can deploy this application with Ansible.

Copy the hosts example file and change the values to your needs :

$ cp hosts.example hosts

Setup your variables in the playbook.yml.

And then run :

$ ansible-playbook -i hosts playbook.yml

Build the images :

$ docker build -f .cloud/docker/ --target application -t todolist-backend-laravel-application .

$ docker build -f .cloud/docker/ --target nginx -t todolist-backend-laravel-nginx .

Run the containers :

$ docker run --rm -it --name todolist-server --link some-mysql:mysql --env-file .env --network todolist-backend todolist-backend-laravel-application

$ docker run --rm -it -p 8000:8000 --network todolist-backend todolist-backend-laravel-nginx

Consume the API

The application is available on

The documentation is available in the docs folder or on

You can consume the API with any client.

Some examples of projects who use this API:

Don't forget to let me know if you want to add your project to this list !

More details

More details are available on my blog post : (French).


Do not hesitate to contribute to the project by adapting or adding features ! Bug reports or pull requests are welcome.


This project is released under the MIT license.

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