Sometimes I need to quickly create a user for admin tasks or to test authentication stuff. Thanks to Auth Essentials - Jeffrey Way's Laracasts for explaining it, this is really easy to do.
Assuming you have your user table already set up, open the
tinker command line tool
php artisan tinker
Create a new user (use whatever fields you need e.g.
$user = new User; $user->username = 'admin'; $user->name = 'admin'; $user->password = Hash::make('password'); $user->save();