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Laravel 4 Eloquent Cheat Sheet.


Defining Eloquent model (will assume that DB table named is set as plural of class name and primary key named "id"):

class Shop extends Eloquent {}

Using custom table name

protected $table = 'my_shops';

Using custom primary key (instead of "id"):

protected $primaryKey = 'my_key';

Disabling use of "created_at" and "updated_at" columns:

public $timestamps = false;

Retrieving records:

Retrieving all records(rows) of a given model:

$shops = Shop::all();

Find and get a record by primary key:

$shop = Shop::find(1);

Retrieving single record that matches a certain column : $shop = Shop::where('name', 'Starbucks')->first();

Retrieving specific columns of the result (by default get() returns all columns): $shops = Shop::where('name', 'Starbucks')->get('name','address','url');

Retrieving single column of result : $shopAddresses = Shop::where('name', 'Starbucks')->pluck('address');

Retrieving records matching a criteria:

$profitableShops = Shop::where('orders_cache','>','100')->get(); where() takes 3 parameters, name of the column, operator and value to be compared against. The operator can be one of the following: '=', '<', '>', '<=', '>=', '<>', '!=', 'like', 'not like', 'between', 'ilike'

Retrieve only a specified number of records matching a criteria:

$californianShops = Shop::where('state', 'CA')->take(10)->get();

Skip a specified number of records:

$someShops = Shops::where('name', 'Starbucks')->skip(10)->get();

Combining "skip" and "take" (useful for making custom paginators):

$shops = Shops::where('name', 'Starbucks')->skip(25)->take(25)->get();

Using forPage() to accomplish the above statement:

$shops = Shops::where('name', 'Starbucks')->forPage(2,25)->get();


Counting the number of rows of the query results:

$countStarbucks = Shop::where('name','Starbucks')->count();

Getting a maximum value of the query result:

$maxCoffeePrice = Product::where('name','Coffee')->max('price');

Getting a minimum value of the query result:

$minCoffeePrice = Product::where('name','Coffee')->min('price');

Getting an average value of the query result:

$averageCoffeePrice = Product::where('name','Coffee')->avg('price');

Getting a sum of the query result:

$totalWeight = Product::where('name','Coffee')->sum('weight');

Incrementing and decrementing values of a column:



Todo :

  • or, between, whereNull, whereIn
  • inserts
  • updates
  • deletes
  • soft deletes
  • unions
  • raw expressions
  • grouping
  • joins
  • Fillable
  • Guarded

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@dedurus dedurus commented May 28, 2013

One correction:
$shops = Shop::where('name', 'Starbucks')->get('name','address','url');

should be

$shops = Shop::where('name', 'Starbucks')->get( array('name','address','url') );

get() takes an array as a parameter


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@drakakisgeo drakakisgeo commented Nov 12, 2013

Its a Laravel3 thing :-)


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@tacticalcom tacticalcom commented Dec 4, 2013

This is great. Thanks for posting!

I'm curious how you would do the following statement:

select * from foo where bar in (1,3,10);

Currently I'm doing this:


But what I hope is that there is something like this:


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@Manc Manc commented Dec 12, 2013

@tacticalcom, try:
Foo::whereIn('bar', array(1,3,10));


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@reviloera reviloera commented Feb 20, 2014

Thank you Saved me a great deal of time


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@eheuristic eheuristic commented May 23, 2014

This is great post.
most of functionality covered in this post of Laravel


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@ASFnetwork ASFnetwork commented Jul 14, 2014

how to count a distinct will be?


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@wilbertverayin wilbertverayin commented Jul 22, 2014

how about getting all columns of a table?


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@shoaibnawaz shoaibnawaz commented Aug 18, 2014

SELECT foo, bar from mytable;
MyModel::all() returns all the rows with all columns but I need only few columns. I do not want to specify $hidden in model.
I think ->get(array('foo', 'bar')) will work on Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Builder and for that I need to use MyModel::where()
According to documentation, where() and get() both are part of builder.
So how to get selected columns for all records without calling where()?


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@Wendtly Wendtly commented Sep 11, 2014



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@tucq88 tucq88 commented Nov 7, 2014

Please add some example about complex queries or multi conditions queries. I couldn't find any good example over internet :(


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@apache123 apache123 commented Nov 7, 2014

please add information about relationship in eloquent the docs is not clear


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@fitiskin fitiskin commented Nov 30, 2014

You wrote that by default get() returns all columns:

$shops = Shop::where('name', 'Starbucks')->get('name','address','url');

But nothing about how to do for get only one row (maybe it is not best solution):

$shop = Shop::where('name', 'Starbucks')->select(array('name','address','url'))->first();

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@HashmatWaziri HashmatWaziri commented Jun 21, 2015

how do you pass distinct values from database to select boxes?

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