How to setup HTTPS with Laravel Homestead on a Windows host

This guide assumes prior experience with Vagrant and Laravel Homestead.

Laravel Homestead is an easy-to-use Vagrant box for local Laravel development, but getting SSL to work on a Windows host can be tricky if you've never done it before. This guide will show you how to enable SSL and how to trust the certificate in Firefox.


Let's create a new Laravel project for demonstration purposes:

composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel ssl-example

Now we need to configure a Homestead instance for our project:

cd ssl-example
composer require laravel/homestead --dev
vendor\\bin\\homestead make

You should see the following output in your console:

Homestead Installed!

Edit Homestead.yaml and make the following changes:

-       map: homestead.test
+       map: laravel.localhost
        to: /home/vagrant/code/public
+ ssl: true

Note: Feel free to change laravel.localhost throughout the guide to a local domain of your choice.

Your Homestead.yaml should now look similar to this:

memory: 2048
cpus: 1
provider: virtualbox
authorize: ~/.ssh/
    - ~/.ssh/id_rsa
        map: 'D:\Documents\GitHub\ssl-example'
        to: /home/vagrant/code
        map: laravel.localhost
        to: /home/vagrant/code/public
    - homestead
name: ssl-example
hostname: ssl-example
ssl: true

Add the following line to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts:

Note: The IP address should match Homestead.yaml laravel.localhost

Install the Homestead Vagrant Box:

vagrant box add laravel/homestead

Let's start our Vagrant box:

vagrant up

If you are using this guide to add SSL to an existing VM, use this command instead:

vagrant reload --provision

Wait until the provisioning process has been completed.

You should now be able to visit http://laravel.localhost in your browser:

Laravel over HTTP

Now we need to get the CA certificate from the VM:

vagrant ssh -c 'cat /etc/nginx/ssl/ca.homestead.ssl-example.crt' > ca.homestead.ssl-example.crt

Note: Change ssl-example to match your Homestead.yaml.

You should now have ca.homestead.ssl-example.crt inside your ssl-example folder.

In Powershell, as admin, run the following command to add the certificate to the certificate store:

certutil -addstore -enterprise -f "Root" ca.homestead.ssl-example.crt

Note: You can now remove ca.homestead.ssl-example.crt from the ssl-example folder.

Last but not least, we need to get Firefox to trust the certificate.

In Firefox, navigate to about:config. Read this introduction if your unfamiliar with the Configuration Editor for Firefox.

Set security.enterprise_roots.enabled to true and restart Firefox.

You should now be able to visit https://laravel.localhost in your browser.

Laravel over HTTPS

Congratulations! 🎉

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