The Laravel 5.6 release is now available.

Laravel 5.6 requirements

  • PHP >= 7.1.3
  • OpenSSL PHP Extension
  • PDO PHP Extension
  • Mbstring PHP Extension
  • Tokenizer PHP Extension
  • XML PHP Extension
  • Ctype PHP Extension
  • JSON PHP Extension

Following are some of the great new features of Laravel 5.6.

Eloquent Date Casting

Eloquent date format is now easily customizable.

protected $casts = [
    'approved_at' => 'date:Y-m-d',
    'activated_at' => 'datetime:Y-m-d H:00',


API Controller Generation

Now api controllers can be easily generated through artisan make:controller command using --api flag

php artisan make:controller API/PostController --api

Argon2 Password Hashing

Argon2 is a great hashing algorithm and Laravel 5.6 now supports Argon2. You can easily controls the hashing driver in confing/hashing.php


Bootstrap 4

Laravel 5.6 frontend and Vue components, all use bootstrap 4 stable version


Broadcast Channel Classes

Now channel classes can be used in routes/channels.php

You can create channel class by using make:channel artisan command

php artisan make:channel UserChannel

Registering channel in routes/channels.php is also very easy

use App\Broadcasting\UserChannel;

Broadcast::channel('user.{user}', UserChannel::class);



Now logging configurations are in new config/logging.php file.


Single Server Task Scheduling

onOneServer() method makes a particular task to be run on a single server.


Artisan optimize command removed

In Laravel 5.6, artisan optimize command has been officially removed.


Checkout the changelog to find out more.