Mike Fallows

Laravel Sail, Vite and SSL with a custom domain

• 4 min

The Shopify apps I build are typically powered by Laravel. Version 8 introduced Sail1 as an alternative to Valet and version 9 introduced Vite2 to replace Laravel Mix (Webpack). I ran into an issue developing my Shopify apps locally when I tried to switch to using these new features.

Using a custom domain #

Giving each project its own development domain is a great feature of Valet. Sail assumes a default laravel.test domain but allows you to override that in the Docker config. If you wanted to use a domain such as myproject.test you can make a couple of changes to achieve that.

In your .env file set the APP_URL value and add a new Sail-specific APP_URL value:


Then update the docker-compose.yml file to reflect the new domain, changing laravel.test to myproject.test.

version: '3'
    # etc...

Securing the domain with Caddy #

Because Shopify requires secure URLs for its Oauth integration, I followed this guide by Gilbert Pellegrom to enable HTTPS for Sail using Caddy. I won’t repeat the steps here, but it involves adding a Caddy service to Docker, creating a custom Caddyfile and setting up an endpoint for Caddy. Gilbert’s post kindly provides a gist with some example code you can drop in. The only changes you would need to make is replacing any references to laravel.test with myproject.test.

You will also want to update the APP_URL in your .env file to use https now:


I also found I needed to add a line to the AppServiceProvider’s boot method to force all links to use HTTPS. Without that, at least on my machine, routes or URLs generated with the url() helper would use the HTTP scheme instead.

public function boot()

Now running sail up should give you a server you can access at https://myproject.test. However, you may find that the certificate is untrusted. If you don’t want the warnings to keep appearing and you’re on a Mac, you can add the certificate to your Keychain Access and mark it trusted. Details on how to do that are also included in Gilbert’s guide.

Securing Vite’s dev server #

The last issue I bumped up against was that, by default, Vite will run its dev server on HTTP, which means that the browser wouldn’t load the styles and scripts on my pages. It’s possible to set Vite to load its server under HTTPS, but it won’t have a certificate. You can use the @vitejs/plugin-basic-ssl plugin to generate untrusted certificates which will allow you to access the page, but you will need to first dismiss a warning. You can follow the steps in this Stack Overflow answer to set your Vite config’s host settings to allow it to run on the Docker container. This is how I set it up at first, but dismissing the warning and seeing the red badge in the address bar bothered me.

I also tried to figure out a way to get the Vite server to use the Caddy certificates but I couldn’t work it out. That is probably the best solution so if you figure it out – please let me know!

The alternative I went with was to use the vite-plugin-mkcert package. This allows you to generate a trusted certificate locally on-the-fly. The one compromise is that you have to run the Vite server outside the Docker container (ie use npm run dev rather than sail npm run dev). In my case, that is acceptable as I’m not using it to build the production assets and the Vite server is probably going to run faster outside of Docker too. What I decided to do was to use a dedicated subdomain of my project eg. vite.myproject.test for the Vite server so that I didn’t have any conflicts with existing certificates or other projects.

My final vite.config.js file looked like this:

import laravel from 'laravel-vite-plugin'
import { defineConfig } from 'vite'
import mkcert from'vite-plugin-mkcert'

export default defineConfig({
    server: {
      https: true,
      host: 'vite.myproject.test',
    plugins: [
          input: [
          refresh: true,

Now when I start work on a project I can run sail up -d && npm run dev and have my app running locally with trusted HTTPS along with all the speed and Hot Module Reloading goodness of Vite.

  1. “A light-weight command-line interface for interacting with Laravel’s default Docker development environment”. Recently I’ve preferred to use Docker over Laravel Valet as I’m regularly switching between projects with different PHP versions and database engines, as well as working locally on either Intel or Silicon hardware. ↩︎

  2. “A modern frontend build tool that provides an extremely fast development environment”. I’ve never really been comfortable with Webpack configs. Mix was a much simpler wrapper, but with esbuild under the hood, Vite seems to be so much faster. ↩︎

Tagged • php • caddy • laravel • vite