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Laravel Nova: The Admin Panel You Need

Laravel Nova: The Admin Panel You Need

The Admin Panel You Need

In this tutorial, we’ll explore Laravel Nova, a powerful and elegant administration panel for Laravel applications. Laravel Nova streamlines the process of building admin interfaces, allowing you to focus on creating outstanding web applications. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have a good understanding of how to set up and use Laravel Nova in your Laravel projects.


Before we get started, ensure that you have the these prerequisites installed on your system:

  • Laravel
  • A Laravel project (You can create one using composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel project-name)

Easy: Installing Laravel Nova

Step 1: Purchase Laravel Nova

Laravel Nova is a premium package, so you need to purchase a license from the Laravel Nova website.

Step 2: Install Nova

Once you have a license, you can install Laravel Nova using Composer:

composer require laravel/nova

Step 3: Register Nova

After installing Nova, register it in your Laravel application by adding the following line to your config/app.php file within the providers array:

'providers' => [
// ...

Step 4: Publish Configuration and Assets

Run the following Artisan command to publish the Nova configuration and assets:

php artisan nova:install

Step 5: Set Up Nova Resources

Now, you can define Nova resources for your models. Nova resources define how your models are displayed and managed in the admin panel. Run the following command to create a Nova resource for a specific model:

php artisan nova:resource ModelName

Replace the ModelName with the name of your model.

Step 6: Access the Nova Dashboard

You can now access the Nova dashboard by visiting http://yourapp.test/nova in your browser. Log in with your admin credentials, and you’ll have access to an intuitive admin panel to manage your application’s data.

Medium: Customizing Nova Resources

Step 1: Customize Resource Fields

In your Nova resource file (located in the app/Nova directory), you can customize how your model’s fields are displayed. For example, to customize the fields shown in the detail view, use the fields method:

public function fields(Request $request)
return [
// Add more fields here

Step 2: Define Actions and Filters

Nova allows you to define custom actions and filters to manipulate your data. You can add actions for bulk actions like sending emails or filters to refine your data views.

Step 3: Customize Metrics and Cards

You can also customize the metrics and cards displayed on your Nova dashboard to provide meaningful insights into your application’s data.

Hard: Extending Nova

Step 1: Create Nova Tools

Laravel Nova allows you to create custom tools to extend its functionality. You can generate a new Nova tool using the following Artisan command:

php artisan nova:tool MyToolName

Replace MyToolName with the name of your tool.

Step 2: Customize Tool Logic

In the generated tool, you can define custom logic, views, and actions to suit your needs. Tools can be used for various purposes, such as analytics, reporting, or integrating with third-party services.


Laravel Nova is a fantastic tool that simplifies the process of building robust admin panels for your Laravel applications. With this tutorial, you’ve learned how to install Nova, create and customize resources, and extend Nova’s functionality with custom tools. As you delve deeper into Nova, you’ll discover numerous features and customization options to make your admin panel exactly what you need. Happy coding!

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