# What is Forge?
Laravel Forge is a server management and site deployment service. After connecting to your preferred server provider, Forge will provision a new server, installing and configuring:
- MySQL / Postgres / MariaDB (if selected)
- UFW Firewall
- Automatic Security Updates
- And more!
In addition, Forge can assist you in managing scheduled jobs, queue workers, SSL certificates, and more. After a server has provisioned, you can then deploy your PHP / Laravel applications or WordPress applications using the Forge UI dashboard.
# Learning More
Laracasts has a comprehensive and free video course (opens new window) on Forge. Feel free to review this course if you are new to Laravel Forge and want a video overview of its features.
Open Source Documentation
Forge's documentation is completely open source (opens new window)! Please consider adding to it if you find something missing.
# Forge IP Addresses
If you are restricting SSH access to your server using IP allow lists, you should allow the following IP addresses:
You can also access the IP addresses via the following URL: https://forge.laravel.com/ips-v4.txt (opens new window). This is particulary useful if you intend on automating your network or firewall infrastructure.
IP Address Changes
The Forge IP addresses may change from time to time; however, we will always email you several weeks prior to an IP address change.
# Forge API
Forge provides a powerful API that allows you to manage your servers programatically, providing access to the vast majority of Forge features. You can find the Forge API documentation here (opens new window).
# Found Something Wrong?
If you find something in the documentation that is confusing or incorrect, please consider submitting a pull request on GitHub (opens new window).