Glesys Butler Audit package.

v0.7.1 2023-03-23 12:29 UTC


🚧 Not ready for production.

Butler Audit

Laravel package for sending audit events to a remote endpoint.


audit($user)->subscribed(['months' => 12]);
POST /log HTTP/1.1
Host: example.local
Accept: application/json
Content-Type: application/json
Authorization: Bearer secret

    "correlationId": "d9afea6a-14ed-4777-ae2f-a4d8baf4d5b7",
    "correlationTrail": "Mv9Jd6VM:GaIngT2j",
    "entities": [
            "type": "user",
            "identifier": 1
    "event": "user.subscribed",
    "eventContext": [
            "key": "months",
            "value": 12
    "initiator": "service-a",
    "occurredAt": 1600432185

Getting Started

composer require glesys/butler-audit
php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Butler\Audit\ServiceProvider" --tag=config



Make sure you have a queue configured to speed up your application.

Log driver

When developing you can use the log driver to prevent http requests being sent.


Initiator resolver

A default "initiator resolver" is registered in the ServiceProvider.

Your application can have its own resolver to avoid setting initiator manually for every audit call. You can still use initiator() and initiatorContext() to override the values set by the resolver.

Auditor::initiatorResolver(fn () => [
        'ip' => request()->ip(),
        'userAgent' => request()->userAgent(),

You can disable the default resolver by setting butler.audit.default_initiator_resolver to false.


You can pass "Auditables" to the helper method.

class Car extends Fluent implements Auditable
    public function auditorType(): string
        return $this->type;

    public function auditorIdentifier()
        return $this->id;

$car = new Car(['id' => 1, 'type' => 'volvo']);

audit($car)->started(); // equivalent to audit(['volvo', 1])->started();

Trait for Eloquent models

For convenience there is a IsAuditable trait that can be used by eloquent models.

class User extends Model implements Auditable
    use IsAuditable;

$user = User::find(1);

audit($user)->subscribed(); // equivalent to audit(['user', 1])->subscribed();


We use "X-Correlation-ID" header to "relate" audits.

A "X-Correlation-Trail" header is also used to figure out the order of events without relying on the events occured_at, see the example json below.

Http client macro

Use the "withCorrelation" macro to add the "X-Correlation-ID" header when sending requests with the Http client.

In the example below, all "audits" will have the same correlation-id.

// Service A
Http::withCorrelation()->post('https://service-b.example/welcome-email', $user);

// Service B

// Service C

The requests sent to your configured BUTLER_AUDIT_URL will look something like:

    "initiator": "api",
    "event": "user.signedUp",
    "correlationId": "92a55a99-82c1-4129-a587-96006f6aac82",
    "correlationTrail": null

    "initiator": "service-a",
    "event": "user.welcomed",
    "correlationId": "92a55a99-82c1-4129-a587-96006f6aac82",
    "correlationTrail": "Mv9Jd6VM"

    "initiator": "service-b",
    "event": "employee.notified",
    "correlationId": "92a55a99-82c1-4129-a587-96006f6aac82",
    "correlationTrail": "Mv9Jd6VM:GaIngT2j"

Queued jobs

The trait WithCorrelation can be used on queable jobs that needs the same correlation id as the request.

How it works

  1. A job using the WithCorrelation trait is dispatched to the queue.
  2. Our Dispatcher will set a correlationId property on the job.
  3. The job is handled by a worker.
  4. The middleware SetCorrelation will tell Auditor to use the correlation id from the job.

Extending the dispatcher can be disabled by setting butler.audit.extend_bus_dispatcher to false.

Auditor Fake

Instead of faking the queue in your tests and e.g. Queue::assertPushed(function (AuditJob) {}) you can fake requests, see example below.

public function test_welcome_user()

    // Assert that nothing was logged...

    // Perform user welcoming...

    // Assert 1 event was logged...

    // Assert a event was logged...

    // Assert a event with context, initiator and entity was logged...
    Auditor::assertLogged('user.welcomed', fn (AuditData $audit)
        => $audit->initiator === 'service-a'
        && $audit->hasEntity('user', 1)
        && $audit->hasEventContext('months', 12)


vendor/bin/pint --test

How To Contribute

Development happens at GitHub; any typical workflow using Pull Requests are welcome. In the same spirit, we use the GitHub issue tracker for all reports (regardless of the nature of the report, feature request, bugs, etc.).

All changes are supposed to be covered by unit tests, if testing is impossible or very unpractical that warrants a discussion in the comments section of the pull request.

Code standard

As the library is intended for use in Laravel applications we encourage code standard to follow upstream Laravel practices - in short that would mean PSR-2 and PSR-4.