Laravel Herd

Documentation for Windows



Herd asks you if you want to check for updates automatically when you open it for the first time. When enabled, Herd regularly checks for updates in the background and notifies you when a new version is available. You can change this configuration in the "General" tab of the preferences window.

You can also manually check for updates by clicking on the update icon in the quick menu. This checks for Herd, PHP and Node.js updates at the same time.

PHP versions

Herd allows you to download and install different PHP versions with a single click. When a new PHP version is released, Herd automatically detects the new version and shows a notification in the notification center.

You can choose the PHP versions which you want to install or update in the "PHP" tab of the preferences.

The supported PHP versions are:

  • 8.3
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 8.0
  • 7.4

Node.js versions

Herd ships with nvm and allows you to install and update multiple Node.js versions at the same time. If you already use nvm, Herd uses your existing installation and makes updating of new versions easier.

The Herd UI allows you to easily install any of the officially supported Node.js versions. Officially supported versions are:

  • 21.x
  • 20.x
  • 18.x
  • 16.x

However, you may manually install any available Node.js version via the CLI.