Setting up Laravel Telescope is a crucial step for developers looking to enhance their debugging capabilities and gain insights into the inner workings of their Laravel applications. Telescope is an elegant debug assistant for the Laravel framework, providing exceptional insight into queries, jobs, requests, exceptions, and much more. In this article, we will guide you through the process of installing and configuring Laravel Telescope in your project, ensuring you have a powerful tool at your disposal for local development and optional use in production environments.


Before we dive into setting up Laravel Telescope, ensure you have the following prerequisites met:

  • A Laravel project setup and running on Laravel 6.x or higher.
  • Composer installed on your system for managing dependencies.

Use Telescope locally and in production

The installation to use Telescope both locally and in production is the shortest one.


1. Require Laravel Telescope via Composer

Begin by requiring Laravel Telescope through Composer. Open your terminal, navigate to your Laravel project directory, and run the following command:


2. Publish Telescope’s Assets

After the installation is complete, you need to publish Telescope’s assets and configuration to your project. This is done by executing the following artisan command:


This command publishes Telescope’s configuration file and migrations to your project.

3. Run Migrations

Telescope creates several tables in your database to store information about requests, exceptions, jobs, and more. Run the migrations with the following command:


Ensure your database configuration is correctly set up in your .env file before running this command.

Use Telescope for local development only

Installing Telescope locally for development is recommended if you don’t need it in production.


Begin by requiring Laravel Telescope through Composer with --dev flag. Open your terminal, navigate to your Laravel project directory, and run the following command:


Then we can publish Telescope’s assets using Artisan:


And finally run the migrations:


Register the service provider manually

Remove the Telescope service provider registration from the application’s config/app.php configuration file:


This is done so Laravel doesn’t register Telescope when it registers its other service providers in production.

Register the Telescope service provider manually in the app’s app/Providers/AppServiceProvider file:


That registers the TelescopeServiceProvider from the vendor directory and then the one that’s configured for you app.

Finally, the Telescope package should not be auto-discovered by Laravel.

Add Telescope’s package to the dont-discover array in the composer.json file to ignore it when running Composer install and update commands in production:


Accessing Telescope and Authorization

To access Telescope’s dashboard, you can visit your-app.test/telescope.

By default, the dashboard is only accessible in a local environment.

For production environments though, you need to specify which users are allowed to access the dashboard as it is protected by an authorization gate.

You can authorize users in your app’s TelescopeServiceProvider.php file:



After installing Telescope, it’s time to configure it to suit your needs. The primary configuration file for Telescope is located at config/telescope.php.

Here are some key aspects you might want to configure:

1. Environment Restriction

By default, Telescope is designed to be used in a local development environment. If you want to enable it for other environments, you can modify the TELESCOPE_ENABLED environment variable in your .env file or directly adjust the enabled setting in the config/telescope.php file.

2. Watchers

Telescope allows you to configure which parts of your application are monitored through “Watchers”. These include things like requests, commands, scheduled tasks, and more. You can enable or disable individual watchers in the config/telescope.php file to tailor the data collected by Telescope.

3. Pruning Records

To prevent your database from growing indefinitely with diagnostic data, Telescope provides a way to prune older records. You can configure the retention period in the config/telescope.php file, and set up a scheduled command in your app/Console/Kernel.php class to regularly prune old records:


Diving deeper

This guide only covers installing and getting started with Laravel Telescope. There are a lot more subjects to cover like tags, watchers, etc.

Be sure to always review the official documentation.


Laravel Telescope offers a powerful and convenient way to understand what’s happening inside your Laravel application. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can set up Telescope in your project, configure it according to your needs, and start leveraging its capabilities to improve your development workflow. Whether you’re debugging an issue, optimizing your application, or just curious about the inner workings of your project, Telescope provides valuable insights that can help you elevate the quality of your work.

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