Transactional layer for Laravel Event Dispatcher

1.8.4 2019-09-07 11:11 UTC


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This package introduces a transactional layer to the Laravel Event Dispatcher. Its purpose is to ensure, without changing a single line of code, consistency between events dispatched and database transactions. This behavior is also applicable to Eloquent events, such as saved and created.


Let's start with a simple example of ordering tickets. Assume that it involves database changes and a payment registration and that the custom event OrderWasProcessed is dispatched immediately after the order is processed in the database.

DB::transaction(function() {
    $user = User::find(...);
    $concert = Concert::find(...);
    $order = $concert->orderTickets($user, 3);
    event(new OrderWasProcessed($order));

The transaction in the above example may fail for several reasons: an exception may occur in the orderTickets method or in the payment service or simply due to a deadlock.

A failure will rollback the database changes made during the transaction. However, this is not true for the OrderWasProcessed event, which is actually dispatched and eventually executed. Considering that this event may result in sending an e-mail with the order confirmation, managing it the right way becomes mandatory.

The purpose of this package is to actually dispatch events if and only if the transaction in which they were dispatched commits. For instance, in the above example the OrderWasProcessed event would not be dispatched if the transaction fails.

Please note that events dispatched out of transactions will bypass the transactional layer, meaning that they will be handled by the default Event Dispatcher. This is true also for events in which the $halt parameter is set to true.


Laravel Package
5.5.x-5.7.x 1.4.x
5.8.x-6.x 1.8.x


The installation of this package in Laravel is automatic thanks to the Package Auto-Discovery feature of Laravel 5.5+. Just add this package to the composer.json file and it will be ready for your application.

composer require fntneves/laravel-transactional-events

A configuration file is also available for this package. Run the following command to copy the provided configuration file transactional-events.php your config folder.

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Neves\Events\EventServiceProvider"


As Lumen is built on top of Laravel packages, this package should also work smoothly on this micro-web framework. Run the following command to install this package:

composer require fntneves/laravel-transactional-events

In order to configure the behavior of this package, copy the configuration files:

cp vendor/fntneves/laravel-transactional-events/src/config/transactional-events.php config/transactional-events.php

Then, in bootstrap/app.php, register the configuration and the service provider:
Note: This package must be registered after the default EventServiceProvider, so your event listeners are not overriden.

// The default EventServiceProvider must be registered.




The transactional layer is enabled out of the box for the events placed under the App\Events namespace.

Additionally, this package offers two ways to mark events as transactional:

  • Implement the Neves\Events\Contracts\TransactionalEvent contract (recommended)
  • Change the configuration file provided by this package

Use the contract, Luke:

The easiest way to make your events behave as transactional events is by implementing the contract Neves\Events\Contracts\TransactionalEvent.
Note that events that implement it will behave as transactional events even when marked as excluded in config.

namespace App\Events;

use Illuminate\Queue\SerializesModels;
use Illuminate\Foundation\Events\Dispatchable;
use Neves\Events\Contracts\TransactionalEvent;

class TicketsOrdered implements TransactionalEvent
    use Dispatchable, InteractsWithSockets, SerializesModels;


As this package does not require any changes in your code, you are still able to use the Event facade and call the event() or broadcast() helper to dispatch an event:

Event::dispatch(new App\Event\TicketsOrdered) // Using Event facade
event(new App\Event\TicketsOrdered) // Using event() helper method
broadcast(new App\Event\TicketsOrdered) // Using broadcast() helper method

Even if you are using queues, they will still work smothly because this package does not change the core behavior of the event dispatcher. They will be enqueued as soon as the active transaction succeeds. Otherwise, they will be discarded.

Reminder: Events are considered transactional when they are dispatched within transactions. When an event is dispatched out of transactions, it bypasses the transactional layer.


The following keys are present in the configuration file:

Enable or disable the transactional behavior by changing the following property:

'enable' => true

By default, the transactional behavior will be applied to events on App\Events namespace. Feel free to use patterns and namespaces.

'transactional' => [

Choose the events that should always bypass the transactional layer, i.e., should be handled by the default event dispatcher. By default, all *ed Eloquent events are excluded. The main reason for this default value is to avoid interference with your already existing event listeners for Eloquent events.

'excluded' => [
    // 'eloquent.*',

Known issues

Transactional events are not dispatched in tests.

This issue is fixed for Laravel 5.6.16+ (see #23832). For previous versions, it is associated with the RefreshDatabase or DatabaseTransactions trait, namely when it uses database transactions to reset database after each test. This package relies on events dispached when transactions begin/commit/rollback and as each test is executed within a transaction that is rolled back when test finishes, the dispatched application events are never actually dispatched. In order to get the expected behavior, use the Neves\Testing\RefreshDatabase or Neves\Testing\DatabaseTransactions trait in your tests instead of the ones originally provided by Laravel.


This package is open-sourced software licensed under the MIT license.