Though Laravel Mix is optimized for Laravel usage, it may be used for any type of application.

Laravel Project

Laravel ships with everything you need to get started. Simply:

  • Install Laravel
  • Run npm install
  • Visit your webpack.mix.js file, and get started!

Now, from the command line, you may run npm run watch to watch your files for changes, and then recompile.

{note} You won't find a webpack.config.js file in your project root. By default, Laravel defers to the config file from this repo. However, should you need to configure it, you may copy the file to your project root, and then update your package.json NPM scripts accordingly: cp node_modules/laravel-mix/setup/webpack.config.js ./.

Stand-Alone Project

Begin by installing Laravel Mix through NPM or Yarn, and then copying the example Mix file to your project root.

mkdir my-app && cd my-app
npm init -y
npm install laravel-mix --save-dev
cp -r node_modules/laravel-mix/setup/webpack.mix.js ./

You should now have the following directory structure:

  • node_modules/
  • package.json
  • webpack.mix.js

webpack.mix.js is your configuration layer on top of webpack. Most of your time will be spent here.

Head over to your webpack.mix.js file:

let mix = require('laravel-mix');

mix.js('src/app.js', 'dist')
   .sass('src/app.scss', 'dist')

Take note of the source paths, and create the directory structure to match (or, of course, change them to your preferred structure). You're all set now. Compile everything down by running node_modules/.bin/webpack from the command line. You should now see:

  • dist/app.css
  • dist/app.js
  • dist/mix-manifest.json (Your asset dump file, which we'll discuss later.)

Nice job! Now get to work on that project.

NPM Scripts

As a tip, consider adding the following NPM scripts to your package.json file, to speed up your workflow. Laravel installs will already include this.

  "scripts": {
    "dev": "NODE_ENV=development node_modules/webpack/bin/webpack.js --progress --hide-modules --config=node_modules/laravel-mix/setup/webpack.config.js",
    "watch": "NODE_ENV=development node_modules/webpack/bin/webpack.js --watch --progress --hide-modules --config=node_modules/laravel-mix/setup/webpack.config.js",
    "hot": "NODE_ENV=development webpack-dev-server --inline --hot --config=node_modules/laravel-mix/setup/webpack.config.js",
    "production": "NODE_ENV=production node_modules/webpack/bin/webpack.js --progress --hide-modules --config=node_modules/laravel-mix/setup/webpack.config.js"