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Installing Mailcatcher for use in Laravel Projects Post Installing Mailcatcher for use in Laravel Projects 2 years ago

Using Laravel Homestead is an excellent way to quickly create and maintain Laravel projects. At some point you will want to test out your emails, this could be a registration email or a newsletter. Either way you will want somewhere locally to receive and test each time.
MailCatcher is run on your local browser using the address, http://localhost:1080.

Let’s Begin

Make sure Vagrant is down by running
vagrant halt

We need to set up our homestead.rb file with some port forwarding rules. You can find this in homestead/scripts/homestead.rb. Add the following line to this file in the default_ports
1080 => 1080
.Once this is saved run:
vagrant up
. You will notice in the processes and forwarded port defaultL 1080=>1080(adapter 1).
Now SSH into Vagrant using in your homestead folder:
vagrant ssh
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ruby1.9.1-dev
sudo gem install mailcatcher

To ensure this runs on vagrant up everytime create a new file called:
sudo nano /etc/init/mailcatcher.conf
#In this file save this
description "Mailcatcher"
start on runlevel [2345]
stop on runlevel [!2345]
exec /usr/bin/env $(which mailcatcher) --foreground --http-ip=

Now exit the Vagrant Box and run:
vagrant reload

In your Laravel Project you need to go into you .env file and set this:

You should now recieve emails on http://localhost:1080