A standalone Eloquent ORM for you web app.

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A standalone Eloquent ORM for you web app.

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Provides a standalone package to use Eloquent model inside your web app, with minimal configuration.

Folded is a constellation of packages to help you setting up a web app easily, using ready to plug in packages.


  • All the features provided by Laravel's Eloquent
  • Eager load the engine, so if a request does not call an eloquent method, it is never booted
  • Enable the Eloquent events only if you need them


  • PHP version >= 7.4.0
  • Composer installed
  • Knowledge with Eloquent ORM


1. Install the package

In your root directory, run this command:

composer require folded/orm

2. Add a database connection

Call this method before using your Eloquent model to provide with your database connection information:

use function Folded\addDatabaseConnection;

  "driver" => "mysql",
  "host" => "localhost",
  "username" => "root",
  "password" => "root",

You can see a complete list of options in the example [put example here].

3. Create your model file

Anywhere you want, create a class to map your table.

namespace App;

use Folded\Model;

class Post extends Model


As this library relies on Eloquent, you will find a useful amount of information about all the capability of this ORM in the official documentation.

1. Get all the data from your model

In this example, we will use our Post class to get all the posts.

use App\Post;

$posts = Post::all();

foreach ($posts as $post) {
  echo "{$post->title}: {$post->excerpt}";

2. Add more information to the database connection

In this example, we will see a complete list of keys you can set on the database connection.

use function Folded\addDatabaseConnection;

  "driver" => "mysql",
  "host" => "localhost",
  "database" => "my-blog",
  "username" => "root",
  "password" => "root",
  "charset" => "utf8mb4",
  "collation" => "utf8mb4_general_ci",
  "prefix" => "wp_",

3. Enable/disable eloquent events

In this example, we will enable, then disable the Eloquent events system. Learn more on the official documentation.

use function Folded\enableEloquentEvents;
use function Folded\disableEloquentEvents;


4. Go to a specific page before paginating

In this example, we will instruct the paginator to go to a certain page before paginating. As we are not in Laravel, this is required to correctly returns the items according to the browsed page.

$posts = Post::toPage(2)->paginate(15);

The page number should come for example from the query strings, like when the user browse /post?page=2.

However, for technical reasons, I could not find how to provide the same method after you call eloquent methods before. Which means that the following code will not work:

$posts = Post::where("author", "foo")->toPage(2)->paginate(15);

To fix this issue, use the verbose version of ->paginate():

$posts = Post::where("author", "foo")->paginate(15, ["*"], "page", 2); // 2 is the page number

Version support

7.3 7.4 8.0
v0.1.0 ✔️
v0.1.1 ✔️
v0.2.0 ✔️
v0.2.1 ✔️
v0.2.2 ✔️


This library would not have see the light without the impressive work from Matt Stauffer with Torch.

Torch is a project to provide instructions and examples for using Illuminate components as standalone components in non-Laravel applications, including Eloquent.

Give this man an ice cold beer, a star to this great idea, and follow him on Twitter @stauffermatt!