Laravel needs an empty database created either through command line or PHPMySQL.
Check .env file that MySQL database name matches with correct username and password.
Open terminal and type:
php artisan migrate
The information for these tables are kept in the database/migrations folder.
Here is a list of all types of migrations that can be done:
migrate:fresh Drop all tables and re-run all migrations migrate:install Create the migration repository migrate:refresh Reset and re-run all migrations migrate:reset Rollback all database migrations migrate:rollback Rollback the last database migration migrate:status Show the status of each migration