Modularize your Laravel apps

1.6.0 2022-01-20 15:09 UTC


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InterNACHI/Modular is a module system for Laravel applications. It uses Composer path repositories for autoloading, and Laravel package discovery for module initialization, and then provides minimal tooling to fill in any gaps.

This project is as much a set of conventions as it is a package. The fundamental idea is that you can create “modules” in a separate app-modules/ directory, which allows you to better organize large projects. These modules use the existing Laravel package system, and follow existing Laravel conventions.

Walkthrough Video

Intro video


To get started, run:

composer require internachi/modular

Laravel will auto-discover the package and everything will be automatically set up for you.

Publish the config

While not required, it's highly recommended that you customize your default namespace for modules. By default, this is set to Modules\, which works just fine but makes it harder to extract your module to a separate package should you ever choose to.

We recommend configuring a organization namespace (we use "InterNACHI", for example). To do this, you'll need to publish the package config:

php artisan vendor:publish --tag=modular-config

Create a module

Next, let's create a module:

php artisan make:module my-module 

Modular will scaffold up a new module for you:


It will also add two new entries to your app's composer.json file. The first entry registers ./app-modules/my-module/ as a path repository, and the second requires modules/my-module:* (like any other Composer dependency).

Modular will then remind you to perform a Composer update, so let's do that now:

composer update modules/my-module

Optional: Config synchronization

You can run the sync command to make sure that your project is set up for module support:

php artisan modules:sync

This will add a Modules test suite to your phpunit.xml file (if one exists) and update your PhpStorm Laravel plugin configuration (if it exists) to properly find your module's views.

It is safe to run this command at any time, as it will only add missing configurations. You may even want to add it to your post-autoload-dump scripts in your application's composer.json file.


All modules follow existing Laravel conventions, and auto-discovery should work as expected in most cases:

  • Commands are auto-registered with Artisan
  • Migrations will be run by the Migrator
  • Factories are auto-loaded for factory()
  • Policies are auto-discovered for your Models

There is currently one exception:

  • Event discovery (which is optional and disabled by default in Laravel) is currently not supported.


Package Commands

We provide a few helper commands:

  • php artisan make:module — scaffold a new module
  • php artisan modules:cache — cache the loaded modules for slightly faster auto-discovery
  • php artisan modules:clear — clear the module cache
  • php artisan modules:sync — update project configs (like phpunit.xml) with module settings
  • php artisan modules:list — list all modules

Laravel “make:” Commands

We also add a --module= option to most Laravel make: commands so that you can use all the existing tooling that you know. The commands themselves are exactly the same, which means you can use your custom stubs and everything else Laravel provides:

  • php artisan make:cast MyModuleCast --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:controller MyModuleController --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:command MyModuleCommand --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:component MyModuleComponent --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:channel MyModuleChannel --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:event MyModuleEvent --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:exception MyModuleException --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:factory MyModuleFactory --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:job MyModuleJob --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:listener MyModuleListener --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:mail MyModuleMail --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:middleware MyModuleMiddleware --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:model MyModule --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:notification MyModuleNotification --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:observer MyModuleObserver --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:policy MyModulePolicy --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:provider MyModuleProvider --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:request MyModuleRequest --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:resource MyModule --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:rule MyModuleRule --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:seeder MyModuleSeeder --module=my-module
  • php artisan make:test MyModuleTest --module=my-module

Other Laravel Commands

In addition to adding a --module option to most make: commands, we’ve also added the same option to the db:seed command. If you pass the --module option to db:seed, it will look for your seeder within your module namespace:

  • php artisan db:seed --module=my-module will try to call Modules\MyModule\Database\Seeders\DatabaseSeeder
  • php artisan db:seed --class=MySeeder --module=my-module will try to call Modules\MyModule\Database\Seeders\MySeeder

Vendor Commands

We can also add the --module option to commands in 3rd-party packages. The first package that we support is Livewire. If you have Livewire installed, you can run:

  • php artisan make:livewire counter --module=my-module

Customizing the Default Module Structure

When you call make:module, Modular will scaffold some basic boilerplate for you. If you would like to customize this behavior, you can do so by publishing the app-modules.php config file and adding your own stubs.

Both filenames and file contents support a number of placeholders. These include:

  • StubBasePath
  • StubModuleNamespace
  • StubComposerNamespace
  • StubModuleNameSingular
  • StubModuleNamePlural
  • StubModuleName
  • StubClassNamePrefix
  • StubComposerName
  • StubMigrationPrefix
  • StubFullyQualifiedTestCaseBase
  • StubTestCaseBase

Comparison to nwidart/laravel-modules

Laravel Modules is a great package that’s been around since 2016 and is used by 1000's of projects. The main reason we decided to build our own module system rather than using laravel-modules comes down to two decisions:

  1. We wanted something that followed Laravel conventions rather than using its own directory structure/etc.
  2. We wanted something that felt “lighter weight”

If you are building a CMS that needs to support 3rd-party modules that can be dynamically enabled and disabled, Laravel Modules will be a better fit.

On the other hand, if you're mostly interested in modules for organization, and want to stick closely to Laravel conventions, we’d highly recommend giving InterNACHI/Modular a try!