Tracks changes made to models and logs them to individual tables.

v7.0.0 2022-06-29 19:01 UTC


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When modifying a model record, it is nice to have a log of the changes made and who made those changes. There are many packages around this already, but this one is different in that it logs those changes to individual tables for performance and supports real foreign keys.


You can install the package via composer:

composer require always-open/laravel-model-auditlog


php artisan vendor:publish --provider="\AlwaysOpen\AuditLog\AuditLogServiceProvider"

Running the above command will publish the config file.


After adding the proper fields to your table, add the trait to your model.

// User model
class User extends Model
    use \AlwaysOpen\AuditLog\Traits\AuditLoggable;

To generate an auditlog model / migration for your models, use the following command:

php artisan make:model-auditlog "\App\User"

Replace \App\User with your own model name. Model / table options can be tweaked in the config file.

If you need to ignore specific fields on your model, extend the getAuditLogIgnoredFields() method and return an array of fields.

public function getAuditLogIgnoredFields() : array
    return ['posted_at'];

Using that functionality, you can add more custom logic around what should be logged. An example might be to not log the title changes of a post if the post has not been published yet.

public function getAuditLogIgnoredFields() : array
    if ($this->postHasBeenPublished()) {
        return ['title'];

    return [];

Working with Pivot Tables

Audit log can also support changes on pivot models as well.

In this example we have a posts and tags table with a post_tags pivot table containing a post_id and tag_id.

Modify the audit log migration replacing the subject_id column to use the two pivot columns.

Schema::create('post_tag_auditlog', function (Blueprint $table) {

Create a model for the pivot table that extends Laravel's Pivot class. This class must use the AuditLoggablePivot trait and have a defined $audit_loggable_keys variable, which is used to map the pivot to the audit log table.

class PostTag extends Pivot
    use AuditLoggablePivot;

     * The array keys are the composite key in the audit log
     * table while the pivot table columns are the values.
     * @var array
    protected $audit_loggable_keys = [
        'post_id' => 'post_id',
        'tag_id'  => 'tag_id',

Side note: if a column shares the same name in the pivot and a column already in the audit log table (ex: user_id), change the name of the column in the audit log table (ex: audit_user_id) and define the relationship as 'audit_user_id' => 'user_id'.

The two models that are joined by the pivot will need to be updated so that events fire on the pivot model. Currently Laravel doesn't support pivot events so a third party package is required.

composer require fico7489/laravel-pivot

Have both models use the PivotEventTrait

use Fico7489\Laravel\Pivot\Traits\PivotEventTrait;
use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;

class Post extends Model
    use PivotEventTrait;

Modify the belongsToMany join on both related models to include the using function along with the pivot model. In the Post model:

public function tags()
    return $this->belongsToMany(Tag::class)

In the Tag model:

public function posts()
    return $this->belongsToMany(Post::class)

When a pivot record is deleted through detach or sync, an audit log record for each of the keys (ex: post_id and tag_id) will added to the audit log table. The field_value_old will be the id of the record and the field_value_new will be null. The records will have an event type of PIVOT_DELETED (id: 6).

If you need to pull the audit logs through the auditLogs relationship (ex: $post_tag->auditLogs()->get()), support for composite keys is required.

composer require awobaz/compoships

Then use the trait on the pivot audit log model:

use Awobaz\Compoships\Compoships;
use AlwaysOpen\AuditLog\Models\BaseModel;

class PostTagAuditLog extends BaseModel
    use Compoships;

For a working example of pivots with the audit log, see laravel-model-auditlog/tests/Fakes, which contains working migrations and models.

Note: Both models must use the AuditLoggable trait (ex: Post and Tag) so that $post->tags()->sync([...]) will work.


composer test

Using Docker

All assets are set up under the docker-compose.yml file. The first time you run the docker image you must build it with the following command:

docker-compose build

Then you can bring it up in the background using:

docker-compose up -d

And the image is aliased so you can access its command line via:

docker exec -it processes-stamp-app /bin/bash

From there you can run the tests within an isolated environment


Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.


If you discover any security related issues, please email @tomschlick / @qschmick instead of using the issue tracker.



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