A flexible form builder which utilizes Laravel's Form facade.

v1.0.1 2014-05-13 00:12 UTC

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Last update: 2021-04-10 00:49:39 UTC


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A simple and intuitive form builder

Laravel Form Builder has a relatively simple goal. Allow users to create a Form object, add fields to it and render when ready. All the relevant HTML will be spit out. Form Builder uses Laravel's Form facade and will render any field supported by it including macros.


Require this package in your composer.json and run composer update (or run composer require flynsarmy/form-builder:1.0.* directly):

"flynsarmy/form-builder": "1.0.*"

After updating composer, add the ServiceProvider to the providers array in app/config/app.php


and optionally the Facade to the aliases array in the same file. This will allow for global callbacks (more on that later).

'FormBuilder'     => 'Flynsarmy\FormBuilder\Facades\FormBuilder',


Add/Edit/Delete Fields

Create a form, add fields, render.

$form = FormBuilder::form();
// Or without the facade:
// $builder = App::make('form');
// $form = new Flynsarmy\FormBuilder\Form($builder);

//$form->add('<unique identifier>')->type('<Same as Form::$type facade>')->with('<any args required by Form::$type facade>');
$form->add('gender')->type('select')->with('gender', ['m'=>'Male', 'f'=>'Female']);


Need to edit or remove a field?

// Set field with id 'gender' to have 3 options instead of 2.
$form->get('gender')->with('gender', ['m'=>'Male', 'f'=>'Female', 'n'=>'Not Telling']);

// Remove the gender field

Add fields exactly where you want them

$form->addAfter('first_name', 'last_name')->...; // Add last name after first name
$form->addBefore('last_name', 'first_name')->...; // Add first name before last name

Closures are also supported

use Flynsarmy\FormBuilder\Form;
use Flynsarmy\FormBuilder\Field;
// Closure support for FormBuilder
FormBuilder::form(function(Form $form) {
		// Closure support for add()
		->add('first_name', function(Field $field) {
		->add('gender', function(Field $field) {
			$field->type('select')->with('gender', ['M'=>'Male', 'F'=>'Female']);

Because Form Builder uses the Form facade, we can use Form::model($model) too!

echo Form::model($model),

Field settings

You can assign settings to fields. These are most often used in conjunction with callbacks.

	->type('text')->with('first_name', null, ['maxlength' => 10])
	// Pass any other settings your layout requires. You can use any method name.
	->label('First Name')
	->description('Enter your first name')

To retrieve a setting

// Retrieving a setting

// Retrieve all settings


Callbacks can be used to render your form exactly the way you want it to look.

Supported callbacks include:

beforeForm(Form $form, array $tabs)
afterForm(Form $form, array $tabs)
beforeField(Form $form, Field $field)
afterField(Form $form, Field $field)

They can be used on a per-form basis

// Per-form Callbacks
$form->bind('beforeField', function(Form $form, Field $field) {
	// Use field settings to display your form nicely
	return '<label>' . $field->label . '</label>';

or using the optional facade, a global basis

// Global form callbacks
FormBuilder::bind('beforeField', function(Form $form, Field $field) {
		return '<div><label for="'.$field->id.'">'.$field->label.': </label>';
	->bind('afterField', function(Form $form, Field $field) {
		return '</div>';
FormBuilder::form(function(Form $form) {
	$form->add('first_name')->type('text')->with('first_name')->label('First Name');
	$form->add('last_name')->type('text')->with('last_name')->label('Last Name');


Twitter Bootstrap Integration

// Add labels and help blocks to fields
	bind('beforeField', function($form, $field) {
		return '<div class="form-group"><label for="'.$field->id.'">'.$field->label.'</label>';
	->bind('afterField', function($form, $field) {
		$output = '';
		if ( $field->description )
			$output .= '<p class="help-block">' . $field->description . '</p>';
		$errors = $field->errors;
		if ($errors !== null)
			$output .= $errors->first($field->id, '<span class="help-inline text-danger">:message</span>');
		return $output . '</div>';

$form = FormBuilder::form(function(Form $form) {
	$form->add('email', function(Field $field) {
		$field->type('email')->with('email', null, ['class' => 'form-control', 'placeholder' => 'Enter email'])->label('Email Address');
	->add('password', function(Field $field) {
		$field->type('password')->with('password', ['class' => 'form-control', 'placeholder' => 'Password'])->label('Password');
	->add('file_input', function(Field $field) {
		$field->type('file')->with('file_input')->label('File Input')->description("Example block-level help text here.");
	->add('submit', function(Field $field) {
		$field->type('submit')->with('submit', ['class' => 'btn btn-default']);

echo Form::model($model), $form->render(), Form::close();


Laravel Form Builder is open-sourced software licensed under the MIT license