Laravel Homestead with VMware


July 21st, 2014

Laravel’s Homestead is amazing and makes developing PHP applications locally a breeze, but Virtualbox is painfully slow. There are some things you can do to increase performance within Vagrant/Virtualbox, like enabling NFS shared folders, but VMware has Virtualbox beat in terms of virtualized performance. I set out to make Homestead work with the vmware_desktop provider, and ran into a few issues along the way, which I’ll explain.

I haven’t personally noticed Virtualbox being that slow, but good to have choices. Besides submitting a pull request Josh also packaged this up on VagrantCloud for all to use.

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Eric L. Barnes

Eric is the creator of Laravel News and has been covering Laravel since 2012.