Resource: Uploading Laravel Project to Heroku

I decided to deploy my prototype for the Hackurculture hackathon to Heroku. Found a useful video that helped me and I thought I should share.

Trouble shooting

Creating Heroku App With a name

In his tutorial he did not specify a name for the app so one was generated randomly. To create your app with your desired name:

heroko create yourAppName

To change the random name generated:

heroku apps:rename newAppName


Error: Refspec master does not match any

error: src refspec master does not match any.

error: failed to push some refs to ‘’

When you use this command: git commit -m ‘initial release’, you might have seen this:

*** Please tell me who you are.


  git config –global “”

  git config –global “Your Name”

to set your account’s default identity.

Omit –global to set the identity only in this repository.

fatal: unable to auto-detect email address (got ‘michelleenakeno@mac.(none)’)

Set up your email and name. In my case I did the set up for the current project directory (omit –global)

git config ""

git config "My Name"

Run the command again:

git commit -m "initial release"

Everything should be working fine now.

Laravel 8 Auth

Install Laravel UI package

composer require laravel/ui

Generate auth scaffolding

php artisan ui vue --auth

Install npm dependencies

npm install

Compile assets

npm run dev

Upgrade PHP version

#update brew
brew update

#this command will install php7.4 and other dependencies
brew install php@7.4

#or you can use this command instead
brew upgrade php

When I use the command ‘php -v’, I still get the ‘php7.2‘. Here’s how to switch to the newer version.

Find the .bash_profile file. In my case the path: /Users/michelleenakeno/.bash_profile

Edit with ‘TextEdit’ and add this:

export PATH="/usr/local/opt/php@7.4/bin:$PATH"

Save and close. Check your current php version and you should see 7.4

php --v

NOTE: if you are not sure about where your php path is, you can use the old path location as a hint. Use this command:

which php

If you check your current php version and the changes haven’t reflected, close your terminal and open it again or use this command:

source ~/.bash_profile reset

NOTE: you can edit the .bash_profile directly from the command line by using this command:

vim .bash_profile

Upgrade/Update composer

Update composer in the command line. CD into the directory where you installed composer.

#find composer path with this command
composer config --list --global

#look for this line -> [home] /Path/To/.composer

#change directory and update
cd .composer
composer update

Laravel Global Variable

Use the same technique for adding ‘php7.4 path to .bash_profile.

export PATH="~/.composer/vendor/bin:$PATH"

Packagist could not be fully loaded

Error: could not be fully loaded, package information was loaded from the local cache and may be out of date

Use this command:

composer config -g repo.packagist composer
composer config -g github-protocols https ssh