Bloom filter implementation for Laravel based on Redis

v0.3 2019-06-15 08:13 UTC


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A Bloom filter is a space-efficient probabilistic data structure, conceived by Burton Howard Bloom in 1970, that is used to test whether an element is a member of a set. False positive matches are possible, but false negatives are not – in other words, a query returns either "possibly in set" or "definitely not in set". Elements can be added to the set, but not removed (though this can be addressed with a "counting" filter); the more elements that are added to the set, the larger the probability of false positives.

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composer require denismitr/laravel-bloom

Latest version - 0.3


php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Denismitr\Bloom\BloomServiceProvider" --tag="config"

Bloom filter configuration file: bloom.php

return [
    'default' => [
        'size' => 100000000,
        'num_hashes' => 5,
        'persistence' => [
            'driver' => 'redis',
            'connection' => 'default'
        'hashing_algorithm' => 'md5',

    'keys' => [
         // keys specific params
         // example
//        'user_recommendations' => [
//            'size' => 5500000,
//            'num_hashes' => 10,
//            'persistence' => [
//                'driver' => 'redis',
//                'connection' => 'default'
//            ],
//            'hashing_algorithm' => 'md5',
//        ]

MAX_CAPACITY for this Bloom filter implementation is currently at 4294967296.

default section applies to all keys, unless they have a dedicated configuration, specified inside the keys section.

  • size - is the size of the Bloom filter storage 10M-100M bit is recommended size
  • num_hashes - is a number of hash functions applied to each item put into Bloom filter
  • persistance - is an array containing persistence configuration - driver and connection
    • driver - at the moment only redis is supported
    • connection - for redis connection is specified in redis section of the database.php configuration file in standard Laravel setup.
  • hashing_algorithm - self explanatory, at the moment md5 and murmur hashing algorithms are supported.


you can use facade - Denismitr\Bloom\Facades\Bloom or just inject Denismitr\Bloom\BloomManager as dependency and it will be resolved by Laravel

Default configuration with DI

public function someAction(Denismitr\Bloom\BloomManager $bloomManager)
    $bloomFilter = $bloomManager->key('foo');
    $bloomFilter->test('baz'); // true
    $bloomFilter->clear(); // clear bloom filter under 'foo' key
Default configuration with facade
// true
// false, but can be true sometimes (a false positive)

// reset bloom filter for given key

Key specific configuration

in bloom.php find keys section and add a configuration for a key that you want to use with parameters others than default.

'keys' => [
    'seen-banners' => [
        'size' => 5550000,
        'num_hashes' => 3,
        'persistence' => [
            'driver' => 'redis',
            'connection' => 'default'
        'hashing_algorithm' => 'md5',

now when you use Bloom filter with that key it will use that configuration. Bloom::key('seen-banners')->add($bammer->id)

Key suffix

For your convenience there is an easy way to generate user specific keys, just pass user ID as a second argument when calling the key method like so:

Bloom::key('user-recommendation', $user->id)->add($recommendation->id);


$bloomFilter = Bloom::key('user-recommendation', $user->id);


$bloomFilter->test($recommendation->id); // true

// to clear that key do


  • Test coverage > 90%

composer test

For now you need an actual Redis set up on your machine.