7/15/2014 - 11:05 AM

Laravel Homestead on

Problem with VirtualBox 4.3.12

It seems there is some problems between Vagrant 1.6.2 and VirtualBox 4.3.12 (the latest at the time or writing this), switching back to VirutalBox 4.3.6 or VirtualBox 4.3.8 seems to eliminate the problem.

update 1: Try both Vagrant 1.6.2 and VirtualBox 4.3.12 on Mac and they seem to work fine!

update 2: You need to enable Virtual Machine option in your BIOS to make VirtualBox work as expected. Saw someone mention about this in Laravel forum about this and it is true.

Also, Vagrant version should be 1.6.2.

Another problem is that the homestead.rb script tries to set the private IP address as but for unknown reason the actual IP set in VirtualBox was To solve this, open VirtualBox program and go to

File -> Preferences... -> Network 

Select 'Host-only Networks' tab and edit the VirtualBox Host-Only Ethernet Adapter on IPv4 Address: to


Folder reference in the Homestead.yaml on Windows should be like this:

authorize: c:/Users/username/.ssh/

    - c:/Users/username/.shh/id_rsa

Replace "username" with appropriate username on Windows

Using phpMyAdmin with Homestead box

Once the Homestead vagrant box is installed successfully, we can add phpMyAdmin and config it to run with Nginx.

Install phpMyAdmin

  • SSH into Homestead vagrant box with vagrant ssh and type the following command:
    sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin
  • when prompted to select the Web server, select apache2 and press Enter, just to get pass it.
  • when prompted to config database for phpmyadmin with dbconfig-common, select Yes and press Enter.
  • when prompted for Password of the database's administrative user, enter secret and press Enter.
  • when prompted for MySQL application password for phpmyadmin, enter secret and press Enter.
  • when prompted for Password confirmation, enter secret again and press Enter.

Create and config site for Nginx

sudo ln -s /usr/share/phpmyadmin/ /usr/share/nginx/html/phpmyadmin

serve /usr/share/nginx/html/phpmyadmin

Adding to hosts file

  • Run Notepad as Administrator, then open navigate to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc.
  • You may need to type *.* and press Enter in File name box to see it.
  • Select file hosts and click Open button.
  • Add at the bottom of the file like so,
  • Save the file and close Notepad.
  • Now use Chrome or any Web browser to navigate to and you should now see phpMyAdmin login page.

Creating new User

  • Login to phpMyAdmin as root using password secret
  • Goto tab Users and create a user for your app and set privileges as you see fit.