Export tables with anonymized data

1.0.3 2017-05-17 05:42 UTC

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Working with third parties sometimes require to deliver example data, to debug bug for example. These data should in no way contain confidential data. To ensure this, this export uses arrilot/data-anonymization and fzaninotto/Faker.

The first delivers an convinient api to define what tables/fields should get anonymized. The later then delivers the values to be as replacement of the real data.


  • make sure that php PDO is available

  • either install via



  1. Copy the vendor/evoweb/anonymized-export/example.phpsh to the current folder

  2. Create a folder for the database dumps and configure by utilizing the $anonymizer->setExportPath() If the folder is not set the dumps are going to be stored in ./vendor/evoweb/anonymized-export/dump/

  3. Insert your database login data

  4. If you want to limit the export to only certain tables add those with $anonymizer->addTablesToExport().
    If no tables are added all tables are included.

  5. Define how you want to anonymize your data in this file using fluent api. All unconfigured but added tables wont get anonymized.

  6. Make sure it is not accessible throw the web and etc.

  7. Run it every time you want.

The minimum needed information in the export are:

#!/usr/bin/env php

use Evoweb\AnonymizedExport\Blueprint;

require __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php';

// Database connection information
$dsn = 'mysql:dbname=databasename;host=';
$user = '';
$password = '';

$database = new \Evoweb\AnonymizedExport\Database\SqlDatabase($dsn, $user, $password);
$anonymizer = new \Evoweb\AnonymizedExport\Anonymizer($database);

// if the folder is not set the files are stored in ./vendor/evoweb/anonymized-export/dump/
//$anonymizer->setExportPath(__DIR__ . '/dump/');

// Define tables to export. (Default is to include all tables)
// $anonymizer->addTablesToExport(['table_a']);

$anonymizer->table('table_a', function (Blueprint $table) {
    // default is 'id'

    $table->column('title')->replaceWith(function ($generator) {
        /** @var \Faker\Generator $generator */
        return $generator->text(255);


echo 'Anonymization has been completed!';