A connection driver for eloquent that forwards sql statements over HTTP and returns the data back into an eloquent model.

v0.1.4 2017-11-21 20:37 UTC


A connection driver for the illuminate database manager that forwards sql statements over http to a service running on the target host machine.

This significantly reduces the transfer size of traditional connections made over a tcp connection.

The host machine will execute the sql statements and return the results back in json format that gets parsed back into the database manager as if it was a direct database connection.

SSL is supported but not required as all request and response bodies are encrypted by AES with a pre-shared key.

This is only really useful for retrieving results through a limited bandwidth connection, or through firewalls. The reduced transfer size allows response times to be much quicker than tunneling raw database commands through a port over SSH.


composer require andrewlamers/eloquent-rest-bridge

Laravel Service Provider

Include this in your config/app.php list of service providers.


Laravel configuration file

There is an included configuration file for laravel that allows you to modify configuration of the rest bridge.

To move the configuration file to your projects config/ folder use the following command.

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Andrewlamers\EloquentRestBridge\ServiceProvider"

Configuration Options

return array(
    'encryption' => [

         * Available ciphers are AES-256-CBC and AES-128-CBC
        'cipher' => env('REST_BRIDGE_CIPHER', 'AES-256-CBC'),

         * The key must match the cipher. AES-256 must be a 32 bit key, and AES-128 must be a 16 byte key
         * You can use the php artisan key:generate --show command to generate a key. Do not use the same key as your application.
         * The encrypter will look for the key in the environment value with the key name specified here.
        'key'    => 'REST_BRIDGE_KEY'
     * The url that is listening for sql commands to return results from.
    'url'        => env('REST_BRIDGE_URL'),
    'log' => [
        * Enable logging of requests, responses, and sql commands.
        'enabled' => false,
         * Base path for the log files. It will create 3 log files for requests, responses, and sql queries.
        'base_path' => storage_path('logs/')
    'daemon' => [
        'enabled' => false,
        'route' => '_rest_bridge/handler'

Example database configuration

In your database configuration the 'rest' driver will be available. It needs to know the connection you want to use.

'my-db-connection' => [
    'driver'   => 'sqlsrv',
    'host'     => env('SQLSRV_HOST', ''),
    'database' => env('SQLSRV_DATABASE', ''),
    'username' => env('SQLSRV_USERNAME', ''),
    'password' => env('SQLSRV_PASSWORD', ''),
    'charset'  => 'utf8',
    'prefix'   => '',
'my-rest-connection' => [
    'driver' => 'rest',
    'connection' => 'my-db-connection'

The rest driver will forward the configuration options to the daemon listening for commands.