Custom Templates

Custom Templates enable you to select a template to create your project from, while still retaining all of the features of Create Laravel App.

You'll notice that Custom Templates are always named in the format laravel-template-[template-name], however you only need to provide the [template-name] to the creation command.

Scoped templates are also supported, under the name @[scope-name]/laravel-template or @[scope-name]/laravel-template-[template-name], which can be installed via @[scope] and @[scope]/[template-name] respectively.

npx @acanto/create-laravel-app myproject --template [template-name]

Finding custom templates#

We ship one template by default:

However, you can find other templates by searching for "laravel-template-*" on npm.

Building a template#

If you're interested in building a custom template, first take a look at how we've built laravel-template.

A template should have the following structure:

laravel-template-[template-name]/ (for npm)
.vscode/ (optional)
config/ (optional)
...config files
...all files
gitignore (optional) (optional, for projects created from this template)

Testing a template#

To test a template locally, pass the file path to the directory of your template source using the file: prefix.

npx @acanto/create-laravel-app myproject --template file:../path/to/your/template/laravel-template-[template-name]

The template folder#

This folder is copied to the user's app directory as Create Laravel App installs. During this process, the file gitignore is renamed to .gitignore.

You can add whatever files you want in here, but you must have at least the files specified above.

The template.json file#

This is the configuration file for your template. As this is a new feature, more options will be added over time. For now, only a package key is supported.

The package key lets you provide any keys/values that you want added to the new project's package.json, such as dependencies and any custom scripts that your template relies on.

Below is an example template.json file:

"package": {
"dependencies": {
"eslint-plugin-jsx-a11y": "^6.2.3",
"serve": "^11.2.0"
"scripts": {
"serve": "serve -s build"
"eslintConfig": {
"extends": ["plugin:jsx-a11y/recommended"],
"plugins": ["jsx-a11y"]

Any values you add for "dependencies" and "scripts" will be merged with the Create Laravel App defaults. Values for any other keys will be used as-is, replacing any matching Create Laravel App defaults.