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mRcore Framework v5.8

What Is Mrcore

mRcore is a module/package system for Laravel allowing you to build all your applications as reusable modules. Modules resemble the Laravel folder structure and can be plugged into a single Laravel instance. mRcore solves module loading dependency order and in-place live asset handling. Modules can be full web UIs, REST APIs and/or full Console command line apps. A well built module is not only your UI and API, but a shared PHP library, a native API or repository which can be reused as dependencies in other modules.

We firmly believe that all code should be built as modules and not in Laravel's directory structure itself. Laravel simply becomes the "package server". A single Laravel instance can host any number of modules.

Installing mRcore Framework

  1. Install stock Laravel 5.8

    cd ~/Code/acme
    laravel new laravel58
    cd laravel57
    php artisan serve
  2. Install mRcore Framework on Laravel 5.8

    composer require mrcore/foundation:5.8.*
    php artisan mrcore:foundation:install
    php artisan serve

Building Modules

Assume you are a vendor called "acme" with 3 mrcore modules and one laravel57 install. A good folder structure looks like this


We can create these 3 modules using mRcore framework app builder command

./artisan mrcore:foundation:app:make acme/wiki --template=5.8 --path=~/Code/acme/wiki
./artisan mrcore:foundation:app:make acme/blog --template=5.8 --path=~/Code/acme/blog
./artisan mrcore:foundation:app:make acme/dealer-portal --template=5.8 --path=~/Code/acme/dealer-portal

For coding convenience, we create a laravel57/modules folder and symlink our modules there

mkdir -p ~/Code/acme/laravel58/modules/acme
cd ~/Code/acme/laravel58/modules/acme
ln -s ../../../wiki
ln -s ../../../blog
ln -s ../../../dealer-portal

Back to cd ~/Code/acme/laravel58

Modify composer.json and add the path type repository pointing to ./modules/*/* so we can code our packages LIVE!

Except of top of composer.json file only

  "name": "acme/laravel58",
  "description": "Acme Laravel 5.8",
  "keywords": ["laravel", "acme"],
  "license": "MIT",
  "type": "project",
  "repositories": [
    {"type": "path", "url": "./modules/*/*"}
  "require": {
    "php": "^7.1.3",
    "fideloper/proxy": "^4.0",
    "laravel/framework": "5.8.*",
    "laravel/tinker": "^1.0",

    "mrcore/foundation": "5.8.*",

    "acme/wiki": "*@dev",
    "acme/blog": "*@dev",
    "acme/dealer-portal": "*@dev"

Notice we use the path repository and we use *@dev in the modules we want to code LIVE!

Now we simply run composer update

Composer will symlink those 3 modules. Look in ./vendor/acme and you will see they are symlinked. These modules are not ready to code LIVE!

Package operations: 3 installs, 0 updates, 0 removals
  - Installing acme/wiki (dev-master): Symlinking from ./modules/acme/wiki
  - Installing acme/blog (dev-master): Symlinking from ./modules/acme/blog
  - Installing acme/dealer-portal (dev-master): Symlinking from ./modules/acme/dealer-portal

To "enable" these modules in mRcore, edit config/modules.php in the modules array like so

'modules' => [
  'Acme\Wiki' => [],
  'Acme\Blog' => [],
  'Acme\DealerPortal' => [],

Now run ./artisan and you will see extra acme commands. This shows you the modules were loaded and the Console commands were registered with their providers

  acme:blog:app                  Mrcore app/module helper command
  acme:dealer-portal:app         Mrcore app/module helper command
  acme:wiki:app                  Mrcore app/module helper command

If these are to be Web UI modules, then all assets, views and routes must be loaded in the desired order. Edit config/modules.php again this time altering the "Loading Order / Override Management" section. Add all 3 apps to the assets, views, and routes arrays, example:

'assets' => [

You will also need to install a theme and probably auth

composer require mrcore/bootswatch-theme:5.8.*
composer require mrcore/auth:5.8.*

Now you can visit the various route prefixes for each module, example http://localhost:8000/wiki

For web apps, any public assets (css, html, images...) that you have in your module will be piped through the mRcore asset manager! This eliminates the need to symlink into ./public or artisan publish on every change. For example http://localhost:8000/assets/app/acme/blog/css/home.css will be streamed via the asset manager!

Have fun building all your web apps, API's and CLI's as reusable mRcore modules!


  • 1.0 is for Laravel 5.1 and below
  • 2.0 is for Laravel 5.3, 5.4, 5.5
  • 5.6 is for Laravel 5.6
  • 5.7 is for Laravel 5.7
  • 5.8 is for Laravel 5.8
  • ... Following Laravel versions from here on


Thank you for considering contributing to the mRcore framework! Fork and pull!


mRcore is open source software licensed under the MIT license


A Laravel Module Building Framework


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