API builder for Laravel

0.0.1 2019-02-25 16:23 UTC

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API builder for Laravel aims to provide a quick and standard way of creating APIs. When you create an API for your resource using this package, you will get the standard CRUD endpoints and is flexible enough to adapt to the needs of your business logic.


You can install the package via composer:

composer require coreproc/api-builder


To start using API builder, simply create a controller, have it extend the ApiBuilderController class, then define the necessary information regarding the resource. Here is what a basic controller should look like:


namespace App\Http\Controllers\Api;

use App\Models\Post;
use App\Transformers\PostTransformer;
use CoreProc\ApiBuilder\Http\Controllers\ApiBuilderController;

class PostsController extends ApiBuilderController
    public static $model = Post::class;

    public static $transformer = PostTransformer::class;

    protected $allowedParams = [

This controller assumes that you have a Post model and a PostTransformer transformer. If you don't know about transformers, you can find more information here.

Now, to make the above controller accessible, all we need to do is define the route in routes/api.php.

Route::apiResource('posts', 'Api\PostsController');

Once defined in your routes, you will now get the following endpoints:

GET     /api/posts          Get a paginated list of the posts in your database
POST    /api/posts          Create a new Post entry
GET     /api/posts/{id}     Get the details of the specified Post resource
PUT     /api/posts/{id}     Update the Post resource
DEL     /api/posts/{id}     Delete the Post resource

Querying / Filtering

One of the main points of this package is to have a querying/filtering feature capable enough so that API consumers can have complete control over what they are looking for.

Inspired by GraphQL, the same way of adding operands to the parameters have been applied.

For example, if you want to query for all the Posts from a particular user ID, you would do this:

GET /api/posts?user_id=1

But if you wanted to query for all Posts where the user ID is greater than 5 (for example), you would do it like this:

GET /api/posts?user_id_gt=5

The same would be applied for all the parameters defined in your $allowedParams variable of your controller. You are required to define which parameters are allowed to be passed through the query if you want to use this feature.

Here is another example. If you would like to get Posts where the title contains the word "test", here is how you would do it:

GET /api/posts?title_contains=test

Here is the complete list of operands that you can use:

not                 Not equal
lt                  Less than
lte                 Less than or equal to
gt                  Greater than
gte                 Greater than or equal to
contains            Uses LIKE with wildcard on both sides of the query value
not_contains        Inverse of contains
starts_with         Uses LIKE with wildcard at the end of the query value
not_starts_with     Inverse of starts_with
ends_with           Uses LIKE with wildcard at the beginning of the query value
not_ends_with       Inverse of ends_with
in                  Where IN given a set of values. This must be passed as an array.
not_in              Where NOT IN given a set of values. This must be pased as an array.

Now if you wanted to modify / apply a filter when indexing the resource by default, you can do so by overriding the indexQuery() method in your controller:

class PostsController extends ApiBuilderController {

    protected static function indexQuery(Request $request, Builder $query)
        return $query->where('user_id', $request->user()->id);

By doing the above, indexing the resource will only yeild results that have the user ID of the currently logged in user. You can do additional logic here as well.


Querying / Filtering of dates are also allowed and operands can be used as well. However, you will have to define the fields which are dates:

class PostsController extends ApiBuilderController {

    protected $dates = [

Once that is defined, you can pass any value that Carbon::parse() can parse. For example:

GET /api/posts?published_at_gte=Mar1


Sorting is also possible when going through the index of your resource. Here is an example:

GET /api/posts?sort=published_at

This will sort all Posts by their published date in ascending order. To change the direction of the order, pass the desc value along like so:

GET /api/posts?sort=published_at,desc

Please note that this package will be reserving the sort keyword for its sorting feature. (Roadmap: make this configurable)

Null values

To pass null values, this package reserves the null value to the query values. Everything that is passed with the null string will be converted into a NULL value in the backend. Here is an example on how to use it:

GET /api/posts?published_at_not=null

Limiting results

You can also limit your results by passing the limit parameter:

GET /api/posts?limit=1


By default the index of the resource returns a paginated result. The default number of results per page is 15. (Roadmap: make this configurable)

To increase the number of results per page, you can pass the per_page parameter:

GET /api/posts?per_page=100

Pages can be navigated by defining the page number:

GET /api/posts?page=2

Creating a resource


Creation Rules


Viewing a resource


Updating a resource


Update rules


Deleting a resource





composer test


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Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.


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