The following section teaches you how to install Lighthouse in your project.
# Install via composer
composer require nuwave/lighthouse
# Publish the default schema
Lighthouse includes a default schema to get you going right away. Publish
it using the following
php artisan vendor:publish --tag=lighthouse-schema
Register the service provider in your
The many features Lighthouse provides are split across multiple service providers.
Since Lumen does not support auto-discovery, you will have to register them individually
depending on which features you want to use. Check Lighthouse's composer.json (opens new window),
extra.laravel.providers contains the default service providers.
# IDE Support
Lighthouse makes heavy use of the SDL and utilizes schema directives. To improve your editing experience, you can generate a definition file with an artisan command:
php artisan lighthouse:ide-helper
This command requires
haydenpierce/class-finder. Install it by running:
composer require --dev haydenpierce/class-finder
We recommend the following plugins:
# Install GraphQL DevTools
To make use of the amazing tooling around GraphQL, we recommend installing GraphQL Playground (opens new window).
composer require mll-lab/laravel-graphql-playground
After installation, visit
/graphql-playground to try it.
You can use any GraphQL client with Lighthouse, make sure to point it to the URL defined in
the config. By default, the endpoint lives at