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Easier handling and formating of strings and dates

1.1.4 2014-09-27 08:58 UTC

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This package is abandoned and will no longer be maintained. I suggest using Carbon for much more advanced date functionality and the helper functions of Illuminate/Support to format text.

Intervention Helper Class (Abandoned)

Easier handling and formating of strings and dates. Made to work with Laravel 4 but runs also standalone.


You can install the Helper classes quick and easy with Composer.

Require the package via Composer in your composer.json.

"intervention/helper": "dev-master"

Run Composer to update the new requirement.

$ composer update

The Helper classes are built to work with the Laravel 4 Framework. The integration is done in seconds.

Open your Laravel config file config/app.php and add the following lines.

In the $providers array add the service providers for this package.

'providers' => array(




Add the facade of this package to the $aliases array.

'aliases' => array(


    'Date' => 'Intervention\Helper\Facades\Date',
    'String' => 'Intervention\Helper\Facades\String'



Date Helper

  • Date::__construct - Returns new Date Helper object
  • Date::format - Formats given timestamp to a readable format (available formats are 'date', 'datetime', 'digitdate', 'iso')
  • Date::age - Calculates age between timestamps and returns readable format

Code Example (Laravel)

// returns '24. Oktober 2003, 10:45' in german locale
return Date::format('datetime', '2003-10-24 10:45:13');

// returns 'October 24, 2003, 10:45 AM' in english locale
return Date::format('datetime', '2003-10-24 10:45:13');

// returns '10 Jahre' in german locale
return Date::age('2003-10-24 10:00', '2013-10-24 10:45:13');

// methods also takes unix timestamps of DateTime objects, second parameter is optional
return Date::age(1292177455);

String Helper

  • String::__construct - Returns new String Helper object
  • String::pluralize - Returns singular or plural based on the given count
  • String::alternator - Returns given parameters by turns
  • String::formatMoney - Format amount of money based on locale
  • String::formatFilesize - Format filesize in bytes to a more readable version
  • String::random - Returns random string in wanted format
  • String::shorten - Shortens text to length and keeps integrity of words
  • String::slug - Format given string to url-friendly format

Code Example (Laravel)

// returns '4 cars'
return String::pluralize(4, 'car', 'cars');

// returns '1.200,00 EUR' in german locale
return String::formatMoney(1200, 'EUR');

// echoes different values repeated one after another
for ($i=0; $i < 10; $i++) { 
    echo String::alternator('one', 'two', 'three');

// you may also use arrays as input for alternator
for ($i=0; $i < 10; $i++) { 
    echo String::alternator(array('one', 'two', 'three'));


Intervention Helper Class is licensed under the MIT License.