Paginated Collections in Laravel
Laravel provides pagination out of the box for Eloquent Collections, but you can't use that by default on ordinary Collections.
Collections do have the
forPage() method, but it's more low-level, so it doesn't generate pagination links.
So you have to create a LengthAwarePaginator instance. But what if you want the behaviour to be the same as an Eloquent collection? Then use this macro!
The benefit of this is that the syntax and output is almost identical to the Eloquent Collection
paginate() method and so it can (relatively) easily be swapped out for an Eloquent Collection when testing.
Feel free to copy the most relevant code into your project. You're free to use and adapt as you need.
There are 2 approaches below. Which one you use is up to you, but you don't need both. I personally prefer the macro method as I feel it's cleaner and works well with minimal effort, but it's not so good at working with your IDE (code hints etc) and can feel a little detached in some cases.
If you prefer, add the
Collection macro to a Service Provider. That way you can call
paginate() on any collection:
collect([ ... ])->paginate( 20 );
AppServiceProvider.php for a sample implementation.
The subclass way
Where you want a "pageable" collection that is distinct from the standard
Illuminate\Support\Collection, implement a copy of
Collection.php in your application and simply replace your
use Illuminate\Support\Collection statements at the top of your dependent files with
// use Illuminate\Support\Collection use App\Support\Collection; $items = ; $collection = (new Collection($items))->paginate(20);
Note that this method doesn't work with the
collect() helper function.