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Introduction to Laravel Admin Panels

Updated: Mar 14, 2023

Using the Laravel admin panel, developers can cut out the bulk of manual programming work with prebuilt dashboard functions. This gives them an opportunity to focus more on the core functional jobs rather than bothering about the long coding works. These Laravel admin dashboards provide incredible flexibility to integrate multiple ecommerce templates, packages, libraries, and other utilities.

Using these dashboards, developers can easily build interactive front-ends without writing tons of code. As a result, the workload for devs becomes a lot more manageable and simplified without requiring any additional effort.

Types of Laravel admin panels

There are two types of Laravel Admin Panels which is described below:

1. Visual builders

Thanks to visual UI builders, you can create and manage your admin panel directly from the no-code GUI, typically using drag-and-drop builders. They remind CMS systems but usually, visual admin panel builders offer more functionalities than adding and updating content.

Visual builders are useful when your team is small and there are either no developers who can manage internal tools, or when you want to give non-technical business teams the ownership of the tools they use. However, keep in mind that no-code builders typically have limited customization options.

2. CRUD interfaces

CRUD operations are the fundament of internal tools. That’s because these days it’s hard to find an application that involves users and/or data that doesn’t interact with a database. Every user that makes an edit to an item in the system, adds a new one or deletes data that is no longer necessary, performs one of the CRUD (create, read, update, delete) operations.

A CRUD interface can be built from scratch, but there are many solutions that gives it out-of-the-box. In the next section, you will learn about the most popular packages for Laravel, such as Laravel Nova, Filament, Backpack, and Quick Admin Panel.

Popular Laravel admin panels

1. Laravel Nova

Nova is the official admin panel for Laravel, built by Laravel’s creators. It is powered by Vue.js, Vue Router, and Tailwind.css on the front-end, and configured using simple PHP classes on the back-end, which fits the Laravel ecosystem very well. Its primary features include a full CRUD interface, search and filters, graphs and metrics, authorisation, notifications, conditional fields, and more. Additional functionalities are shipped by the community as open-source packages.


  • Laravel Nova has been built and maintained by the Laravel team so it fits the ecosystem, its design and features.

  • The UI is clean and user-friendly.

  • It fits big enterprise projects.


  • Laravel Nova is not available for free. There is no free trial either but you will get reimbursed if you cancel your license in the first 14 days.

  • Laravel Nova is not a low code solution. Using it to build internal tools is faster than doing it from scratch but still, it requires some coding and the knowledge of Laravel, PHP, and composer. It also means Laravel Nova can’t be edited and adjusted by non-technical team members.

  • The out-of-the-box features are hard to customize.

2. Filament

Unlike other solutions from this article, Filament doesn’t advertise as an admin panel or internal tool solution but as a collection of tools for rapidly building beautiful TALL (tailwindccc, Alpine.js, Laravel, Livewire) stack apps. It has an admin panel, a table builder, and a form builder. The Filament community is also creating packages with complementary features like custom fields, different integrations, charts, and much more.


  • Filament is an open-source project with a strong community that keeps building packages and supporting other Filament users.

  • It is a clean and simple solution that makes it possible to get an up and running admin panel in a few minutes.


  • There is a simple feature for roles but Filament doesn’t allow to setup a more complex system for teams and permissions.

  • There is no visual layout editor, which doesn’t allow non-tech team members to customize the tool they use on a daily basis.

3. Backpack

Backpack is another popular solution for shipping a Laravel admin panel. It requires a minimal technology stack of Laravel, Bootstrap, and jQuery to customize everything in Backpack. On top of that, it’s possible (but not required) to use Vue, React, Webpack, Mix, Less, Saass, NPM, and more.

Backpack has two core packages: Backpack\CRUD that accelerates the process of building CRUD interfaces, and Backpack\Base responsible for login, password reset, error pages, and so on. However, it is also modular and easy to extend, which makes it a powerful solution, also for complex apps.


  • Backpack gives Laravel developers a lot of customization opportunities, much more compared to Nova and Filament.

  • Filters are powerful and can be easily implemented.

  • Clear and detailed documentation


  • Backpack is not free for any commercial use.

  • Its customization opportunities are a double-edged sword as every change requires quite a lot of manual coding.

4. Voyager

Voyager is called the Missing Laravel Admin, probably because unlike Nova, Filament, and Backpack, Voyager is a visual builder that makes it easy to use by junior devs and those with limited coding skills. Voyager has six main features: Media Manager (similar to what we know from WordPress), Menu Builder (allowing to quickly add, edit, and delete menu items), Database Manager (an alternative to Laravel’s Schema), a BREAD/CRUD builder that allows to Browse, Read, Edit, Add, and Delete entries and views of any table in the database, Settings, and Compass that helps with Voyager resources.


  • Easy to start with and use, clear documentation and a strong community.

  • It’s free and open source.


  • The UI, which makes it so easy to manage, is also limiting.

  • It doesn’t fit complex apps that require setting up role-based permissions, approval workflows, and other less typical features.

5. Quick Admin Panel

Quick Admin Panel is an online internal tool generator for Laravel apps. To get started, you need to sign up on the website, create a project, and add chosen functionalities, such as menus, fields, and relationships. Then, Quick Admin Panel will generate Laravel files that need to be downloaded and installed just like any other Laravel project. Pros

  • Quick Admin Panel is, as the name suggests, quick. Even the website hints that it’s a good choice for an MVP, a first version of a new Laravel project.

  • Quick Admin Panel generates Laravel code and files, and everything can be customized later. \


  • Your needs and models need to be defined upfront, before Quick Admin Panel is generated.

  • Further customization requires a lot of manual coding.

6. Forest Admin for Laravel

With Forest Admin, you get both a CRUD interface out-of-the box, you are free to add functionalities that fit your specific business scenations, and finally, it has a UI layout editor for non-technical team members. Forest Admin set up as a KYC solutionForest Admin: A drag-and-drop layout editor

Here is what else makes it different from the solutions listed above:

  • Forest Admin has a unique hybrid architecture. Only the frontend is managed on Forest Admin servers, so your customer data remain invisible to Forest Admin. It gives you the flexibility of a no-code SaaS tool without compromising on data security.

  • Once you install Forest Admin, you get more than 30 features out-of-the-box: CRUD, search and filters, role-based permissions, approval workflows, low code components for chars, etc. Then, you’re free to customize your admin panel by implementing your own actions, visualizing data after applying a specific set of conditions, mirroring your business operations, building virtual relationships between collections, computing data on the go, and more.

  • Thanks to an intuitive drag and drop UI editor and recently released Workspaces, Forest Admin can be managed by non-technical team members, who typically use it on a daily basis.

  • Forest Admin is scalable, so you don’t need to worry about what happens if you start with an MVP and then celebrate the exponential growth. Forest Admin is used by new startups, established unicorns and all types of companies in between.


7. LaraAdmin

LaraAdmin is a simple and fast way to build Admin panels. It offers a remarkable package offering a complete set of utilities needed for CRM admin panel. You can easily handle your models, data and their role permissions without having to code giving you a chance to focus on data representations rather than data handling.


  • Flexible and powerful

  • Build a Laravel web application faster

  • Customization on the go

  • Easy installation

  • modular architecture

8. Laralum

Laralum is an idea that was conceived when its creators tried to figure out a CMS that is powerful and flexible and found none. It is not easy to achieve both power and flexibility but now developers can provide ready content manager that is easy to customize.


  • Powerful and flexible

  • Customizable

9. Laravel Panel Admin ORCHID

ORCHID is one of the back-end platform applications on the Laravel framework. It can be used to develop corporate PHP web applications faster.


  • Easy to get started with, no need for CSS/HTML or JavaScript

  • suitable technology with wide community, drivers for various databases and services, and a solid foundation of bootstrap and basecamp.

  • Developers and end-users jointly develop the application making the necessary changes on the fly.

  • Components and code patterns are fully extensible

10.InfyOm Laravel Generator

InfyOm Laravel generator allows you to generate CRUD or APIs from an existing Database or JSON schema files. It makes shifting from the existing database to Laravel easy and faster.


  • Speeds up development

  • Easy to use

  • Framework agnostic templates

  • Publish layout files

  • Individual generator command

  • GUI interface

11. Laravel Admin

Laravel Admin is a Laravel package that allows you to build a full-featured administrative interface in less than ten minutes.


  • Superfast

  • Easy to use

  • Full-featured administrative interface

12. JOSH Laravel Admin Panel + CRUD Builder

JOSH Laravel Admin Panel is a user-friendly admin template builder with a GUI CRUD builder. You will save a lot of time you could spend with repetitive tasks by using saved CRUD templates. These awsome templates are built with HTML, CSS, Bootstrap and Laravel versions and authentications by default.


  • Versions – HTML plus Laravel

  • UI – Bootstrap, Material version

  • CRUD Builder

  • Front-end theme

  • Laravel examples

  • Blog module

  • Activity logs and log viewer

  • Custom data tables and advanced data tables

  • Mini sidebar

  • Laravel charts

  • SELECT2 Filter

13. Laravel Admin Generator

Laravel admin generator is one of the Laravel admin panels that provide admin console generator with AngularJS-Bootstrap-BSAdmin-AdminLTE for Laravel 5. It allows you to create admin panels within a few seconds.


  • Easy to create instances with a few configs

  • Structured already

  • Customize templates yourself

  • Integrated with adminLTE, SBAdmin

  • Supports many instances in one Laravel

14. Laravel Adminpanel

Laravel Adminpanel is a Laravel admin panel based on Rappasoft Laravel Boilerplate. It has since been taken to Laravel 5.6 so that you can develop from the latest version of Laravel.


  • Laravel 5 boilerplate features

  • Dynamic sidebar/menu builder

  • Blog module style and Page modules

  • Laravel Mix and Vue components

  • Mailable

  • API Boilerplate

  • FAQ Module and response

  • Object-based JS implementation

15. Lavalite

Lavalite helps you set up a CMS or cloud-based app based on Laravel really quick. It has a package builder and marketplace that will help you build packages you require for your application.


  • Responsive layout

  • Open-source freebie

  • Lightweight UI/UX

  • Easy to customize

  • Lifetime updates

  • 24/7 support system

  • Extendability

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