PHP Artisan commands list with Laravel 5.4

Working with Laravel without PHP Artisan would be no so efficient. Laravel delivers us list of mostly used commands by daily developer’s actions. You need to know this list and use the commands to speed up your efficiency in coding.

Some of the php artisan commands are shown in action in my laravel project where I build book management rest api. It’s good to you to verify in practise what commands are especially used.

Displaying list of PHP Artisan commands

In order to run the Artisan lists of commands you need to type … the command:

php artisan

You should be able to see the view like below:

Full list of php artisan commands list with examples will be presented below.

You can use this place to come back and find the right command for you.

Artisan commands list with examples

  clear-compiled       Remove the compiled class file
  down                 Put the application into maintenance mode
  env                  Display the current framework environment
  help                 Displays help for a command
  inspire              Display an inspiring quote
  list                 Lists commands
  migrate              Run the database migrations
  optimize             Optimize the framework for better performance
  serve                Serve the application on the PHP development server
  tinker               Interact with your application
  up                   Bring the application out of maintenance mode
  app:name             Set the application namespace
  auth:clear-resets    Flush expired password reset tokens
  cache:clear          Flush the application cache
  cache:forget         Remove an item from the cache
  cache:table          Create a migration for the cache database table
  config:cache         Create a cache file for faster configuration loading
  config:clear         Remove the configuration cache file
  db:seed              Seed the database with records
  event:generate       Generate the missing events and listeners based on registration
  key:generate         Set the application key
  make:auth            Scaffold basic login and registration views and routes
  make:command         Create a new Artisan command
  make:controller      Create a new controller class
  make:event           Create a new event class
  make:job             Create a new job class
  make:listener        Create a new event listener class
  make:mail            Create a new email class
  make:middleware      Create a new middleware class
  make:migration       Create a new migration file
  make:model           Create a new Eloquent model class
  make:notification    Create a new notification class
  make:policy          Create a new policy class
  make:provider        Create a new service provider class
  make:request         Create a new form request class
  make:seeder          Create a new seeder class
  make:test            Create a new test class
  migrate:install      Create the migration repository
  migrate:refresh      Reset and re-run all migrations
  migrate:reset        Rollback all database migrations
  migrate:rollback     Rollback the last database migration
  migrate:status       Show the status of each migration
  notifications:table  Create a migration for the notifications table
  queue:failed         List all of the failed queue jobs
  queue:failed-table   Create a migration for the failed queue jobs database table
  queue:flush          Flush all of the failed queue jobs
  queue:forget         Delete a failed queue job
  queue:listen         Listen to a given queue
  queue:restart        Restart queue worker daemons after their current job
  queue:retry          Retry a failed queue job
  queue:table          Create a migration for the queue jobs database table
  queue:work           Start processing jobs on the queue as a daemon
  route:cache          Create a route cache file for faster route registration
  route:clear          Remove the route cache file
  route:list           List all registered routes
  schedule:run         Run the scheduled commands
  session:table        Create a migration for the session database table
  storage:link         Create a symbolic link from "public/storage" to "storage/app/public"
  vendor:publish       Publish any publishable assets from vendor packages
  view:clear           Clear all compiled view files


Every time you run project or different commands the laravel framework generates some cache files in bootstrap/cache folder. These files are compiled.php and services.php. Both of them keeps list of mostly used classes/services needed by your project configuration.

Running the command removes all the files from cache folder:

php artisan clear-compiled

You should get information “The compiled services file has been removed.”


In developer enviroment we sometimes need to verify that changes we made are proper. We need to run the whole project without any additional configuration setup. At this point, the serve command is helpful, which runs the entire project as a local server under the port 8000.

php artisan serve

In order to see the website you need to type in your web browser the address http://localhost:8000


Let’s say you want to add a new column to existing table. You can do this running the command:

php artisan make:migration add_configuration_brick_file_table

This will create migration file name directly like you put in the command plus prefix with current date. The file will be created with with two empty methods up and down that you need to fill on your own.

Full list of available column types you can find under the link: laravel migration column types


This command is relatively simpe. Using it this way:

php artisan migrate

you can easily run all migrations into database.

In the example we added new column named options so after running the comand you will see that new column is added into database:


It sometimes happens that you made mistake or you want to verify your application with previous version of database structure. It is possible to do by the command migrate:rollback. The command goes one step backward in migration list. When you run the command you will see such result in your console:


Migrate status command is very gives very important information about state of run migrations. It coresponds with commands migrate:rollback and just migrate, because when you run the command you need to know if they failed or approved. So the migrate:status command shows you the current state:

In Ran? column you have presented information Yes or No that migrations was applied or not. Here we have first two migrations successfully applied. The latest migration is waiting to be run.

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