Package to help you avoid cache by versioning your assets

0.3.3 2015-11-08 14:27 UTC


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Have you ever had a problem with cache in your assets? This package may help you.


Via Composer:

$ composer require escapework/laravel-asset-versioning:"0.3.*"

For Laravel 4.2<, use the 0.1.* version. PS: Please note that no all features are available in 0.1 version.

After that, you just need to add the following service provider to your app service providers. Open the file app/config/app.php and add this line:


And publish the configurations running the following command:

$ php artisan vendor:publish


Instead of using the asset helper, you will need to use the Asset:v method.

Imagine that your layout template has the following lines:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="{{ Asset::v('assets/stylesheets/css/main.css') }}" />
<script src="{{ Asset::v('assets/javascripts/js/main.js') }}"></script>

In your local environment, nothing changes. But in production, you just need to run the following command every time you need to update your assets' version:

$ php artisan asset:dist

And your layout will be rendered as this:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="/assets/stylesheets/dist/1392745827/main.css" />
<script src="/assets/javascripts/dist/1392745827/main.js"></script>

The version is the timestamp when you performed the asset:dist command.

This package knows which folder you need by the file extension, which is the array key in the config file.

You also can get only the path for some extension:

{{ Asset::path('css') }} <!-- /assets/stylesheets/dist/1392745827 -->


Of course you can configure the folders you need. Just edit the config/assets.php file, in the types array.

'types' => [
    'css' => [
        'origin_dir' => 'your-custom-css-dir/css',
        'dist_dir'   => 'your-custom-css-dir/dist',

    'js' => [
        'origin_dir' => 'your-custom-js-dir/js',
        'dist_dir'   => 'your-custom-js-dir/dist',

    'jpg' => [
        'origin_dir' => 'assets/images',
        'dist_dir'   => 'assets/images/dist',

You also can add more folders by adding more items into the array.

Also, you can configure in which environments the assets are gonna be versioned.

'environments' => ['production'],

Next steps

  • Add a method to enable multiple extensions in the same folder: Example: jpg|png|gif' => array(...);
  • Your ideia here.


  • Added a Asset::path() method to know the dist path for some extension (Backported to 0.2 and 0.1);
  • Now it created a symlink instead copying directories. #3;
  • Added a environments option to configure which environments should version. #4;
  • Ready for Laravel 5.
  • Added a new check to verify if the asset path starts with the origin_dir config;

Unit tests

To run the PHPUnit unit tests, clone this repository, install the dependencies with composer install --dev and run vendor/bin/phpunit.


See the License file.