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S.A. Proto

The website of S.A. Proto.
The study association of BSc. Creative Technology and MSc. Interaction Technology.
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Here you can find the people that have contributed to the code to this project. But, let's not forget the other members of the HYTTIOAOAc!


This README is tailored to using Docker in WSL2 (Ubuntu) on Windows using Laravel Sail. Laravel Sail also supports MacOS and Linux, however you may encounter issues with the installation instruction below when using a different operating system.

Before following the installation instructions, you need to have a working installation of WSL2, Docker and Git. You can install docker using the official instructions at JetBrains PhpStorm IDE is strongly recommended for development on this project, especially with the laravel plugin for proper code completion and reverences.


This website can be run locally through Docker by using Laravel Sail. For more information on using Laravel Sail check out their documentation.


First you need to clone the repository into a folder in WSL2.

If you set an SSH key:

git clone

Otherwise, use HTTPS:

git clone


After installing Docker and cloning the repository the following instructions can be run in the terminal in the source folder of the project.


Copy and rename to .env.

cp .env

After that, open the new .env file and set the PERSONAL_PROTO_KEY to your personal Proto key, which can be found/generated on the bottom of your dashboard on the live Proto website.

Server-side dependencies

When first cloning the project you may not have a functional installation of the correct version of PHP or Composer. To install Laravel sail and its dependencies it is therefore necessary to spin up a temporary container.

docker run --rm \
    -u "$(id -u):$(id -g)" \
    -v $(pwd):/var/www/html \
    -w /var/www/html \
    laravelsail/php74-composer:latest \
    composer install --ignore-platform-reqs --no-scripts

Laravel Sail alias

By default, Laravel Sail commands are invoked using the vendor/bin/sail script. That is a lot of characters to type every time you want to execute a command. So, instead you can create an alias. By adding the alias definition to ~/.bash_aliases the alias will persist between terminal restarts.

The rest of these instruction will assume that you successfully added the sail alias.

echo "alias sail='[ -f sail ] && bash sail || bash vendor/bin/sail'" > ~/.bash_aliases

Initial application setup

sail up -d
sail composer install
sail artisan key:generate
sail artisan migrate --seed

Client-side dependencies

To install the client-side dependencies you'll need to run sail npm install to install all client-side dependencies.

To compile the project assets (JS/CSS) run sail npm run dev to compile once or sail npm run watch to keep checking for changes to scripts or stylesheets.

When adding a new library or client-side dependency through npm don't forget to require the scripts in application.js and the stylesheet in vendor.scss.


When you have finished the above setup the following port will be exposed on localhost.

  • 8080 = Website
  • 8081 = PhpMyAdmin
  • 8082 = Mailhog

You can sign in with the same Proto username you use on the live website and the password given to you during the database seeding. This user will have full admin rights on the local website.

Known WSL2 + Git issue

Due to the permission changes, Git might detect that all files have been changed. If this is the case, run git config core.filemode false to make git ignore the permission changes.

Useful commands

Start server

sail up -d

Stop server

sail stop

Access to app container

sail shell

Nuke your database (run in container)

sail artisan migrate:fresh --seed

Code completion, style and static analysis


When writing code it is useful to have tools such as code completion and linting in an integrated development environment (IDE). As mentioned before PHPStorm is the recommended IDE for this project. To add additional code completion for Laravel you can run sail composer ide-helper in the docker container to let Laravel-IDE-Helper generate an _ide_helper.php file which tells PHPStorm what certain classes and function are, so it can perform proper code completion and show documentation.


Run sail composer fix in the docker container to fix stylistic errors in your code using PHP-CS-Fixer. This will also be done automatically when creating a pull-request or pushing to a branch with an open pull-request.


There is also the option for static analysis of your code. Run sail composer analyse in the docker container to let Larastan find any potential bugs in your code.



Xdebug is activated in Laravel Sail to aid you while debugging the website. Xdebug enables breakpoints and step debugging which can easily be controlled from your IDE. For this to work, you will have to set up your IDE correctly.

Xdebug in PhpStorm

PhpStorm for zero-configuration debugging. In case of zero-configuration debugging, you do not need to create any debug configuration. Instead, you open the starting page of your PHP application in the browser manually, and then activate the debugging engine from the browser, while PhpStorm listens to incoming debugger connections. For full instructions on how to use zero-configuration debugging, check out the PhpStorm documentation


Clockwork is a php dev tool in your browser. When running the website in debug mode you can access the clockwork debug page at localhost:8080/clockwork. The application has various debugging features such as timelines of runtime requests, database queries and client-metrics.


This repository holds the ICT environment for Study Association Proto, the study association for Creative Technology and Interaction Technology at the University of Twente.