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@andrewshell andrewshell/UtcModel.php
Last active Aug 29, 2015

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Laravel UTC Model
<?php namespace App\Database;
use Config;
use DateTime;
use DateTimeZone;
use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;
* Always store DateTime in database as UTC
abstract class UtcModel extends Model
public function getTimezone()
return Config::get('app.timezone', 'UTC');
* Convert a DateTime to a storable string.
* @param \DateTime|int $value
* @return string
public function fromDateTime($value)
if ($value instanceof DateTime) {
$value = clone $value;
$value->setTimezone(new DateTimeZone('UTC'));
return parent::fromDateTime($value);
* Return a timestamp as DateTime object.
* @param mixed $value
* @return \Carbon\Carbon
protected function asDateTime($value)
$default = date_default_timezone_get();
$result = parent::asDateTime($value);
$result->setTimezone(new DateTimeZone($this->getTimezone()));
return $result;

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andrewshell commented May 1, 2015

If you extend this class instead of Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model it will automatically convert DateTime (or Carbon/Carbon) objects to UTC before saving and convert from UTC to the configured app.timezone when fetching DateTime fields from the database.

You can also overwrite the getTimezone function to choose a different timezone from app.timezone for instance based on the current users timezone or from another field in the model.

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