If you've never worked on a Laravel project, you can find all the ways to install it and start a new project on the official documentation, and there are many good tutorials you can find depending on your development environment.
Here we work with Docker containers and use Composer to install Laravel in our project folder.
composer create-project laravel/laravel app
That will create the base structure of the project, install all the dependencies and set the default configuration (we generally make a first Git commit after the fresh install).
Install Inertia - Server Side
Inertia comes as a Laravel package that can be installed via Composer. You can refer to the official setup on the official documentation.
composer require inertiajs/inertia-laravel
Middleware set up
In order to have Inertia intercept the application requests and do its magic (shared data, assets versioning), we need to add a middleware.
This can be done executing an artisan command which will publish the
HandleInertiaRequests middleware in our middleware folder
php artisan inertia:middleware
Once created, we need to register it manually in our
/app/Http/Kernel.php file, in the last position of our web route middleware groups.
/** * The application's route middleware groups. * * @var array */ protected $middlewareGroups = [ 'web' => [ // ... \App\Http\Middleware\HandleInertiaRequests::class, ], ];
Of course, we need more steps to see Inertia in action, but we now have it ready to handle our application requests.
We'll do our best to provide source code of the serie on GitHub