Phar allows you to put an entire PHP application into a PHP Archive. It is not a direct executable as you may assume.
To install Laravel 4.1 successfully on Windows 7, you need Composer -a package manager.
First install Composer. This will install globally on your system. Composer can now be called through your command prompt via 'composer'.
Next, go to where your WAMP or XAMP project folder is -generally, this would be your www folder (i.e. C:\wamp\www).
Make a new project directory: www\new_project. Now go to your start menu and run cmd as admin. Next you need to change your directory to the C drive and then into your www\new_project folder:
C:\> cd wamp\www\new_project
Now you can take advantage of composer by calling:
composer create-project laravel/laravel --prefer-dist
Call the above statement in that new_project folder because that is where laravel will install. The above will make your directory path as:
Laravel is now available on your system. You can verify a successful install by going to:
Based on the above question edit regarding making a .phar globally available for command:
The directory your looking for is
C:\bin --the equivalent folder to /usr/bin on Linux.
Copy the laravel.phar file in the C:\bin folder. Or , you can put it in a folder, such as, C:\php\laravel.phar. Then you need to make a batch file somewhere within the PATH called laravel.bat which will then do the following:
php "%~dp0laravel.phar" %*
The "%*" repeats all of the arguments passed to the shell script.
Thus, you can run 'laravel new project'. Hope this points you in the right direction.
Thanks for you answer, but I'm specifically looking for the way of installation that is labeled "Via Laravel Installer" in the documentation, since it provides some benefits over the installation via composer. Basically what I want is, that I can start a new project by typing laravel new [name] in the command line.
Laravel uses composer to manage dependencies. Dependencies that update and change over time. What benefits are available over not installing via composer?
My Apologies. My Docs was set to 4.0 and not 4.1. Once you have laravel.phar file, just copy that over onto your project folder or www directory: C:/wamp/www/new_project/laravel.phar. By default, laravel.phar needs to be ran by PHP.exe on your cmd inside your project folder. To do so, you need to adjust your PATH variable -verify that you did it correctly: stackoverflow.com/questions/12870880/ Afterwards, you need to call "php laravel.phar new project"
Thanks, that worked if the laravel.phar file is in the same folder. But how do I go about this, if I want the laravel command to be globally available? I added the folder where the laravel.phar file is located to my path ( in my case C:\Windows\System32\laravel ), restarted the command line, but it does not work ( Could not open input file: laravel.phar ). The documentation suggests to move it into the usr/local/bin folder which obviously is not available on windows systems.