Filling staging database with fake data filling of GDPR related data.

dev-master 2019-11-22 10:56 UTC

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Data will be manipulated from production (source) to staging (target). This tool will be definitely needed when you dislike to work with real data from your users.

The main job of this package to fake data that GDPR relevant is. Take a look at the following List:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Phone number
  • Credit cards
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Identification number
  • Online data
    • IP address
    • Location data (GPS)
  • Images
  • License plate
  • Health data

This list must be considered, when you try to work with real Data, therefore GDPR relevant data must be transformed. The Rest will be then 1:1 taken.

Installation - Quick-start

composer require ipunkt/data-transformer


Alternative you can add these lines into your composer file then composer install in console command

"require": {
	"ipunkt/data-transformer": "^1.0"


I assume that you already have a connection in your database.php. like the following

'mysql' => [
       'driver' => 'mysql',
       'host' => env('DB_HOST', ''),
       'port' => env('DB_PORT', '3306'),
       'database' => env('DB_DATABASE', 'forge'),
       'username' => env('DB_USERNAME', 'forge'),
       'password' => env('DB_PASSWORD', ''),
       'unix_socket' => env('DB_SOCKET', ''),
       'charset' => 'utf8mb4',
       'collation' => 'utf8mb4_unicode_ci',
       'prefix' => '',
       'prefix_indexes' => true,
       'strict' => true,
       'engine' => null,

You will be asked about the connection which is for source, when you run later on both of commands. php artisan transform:dump and php artisan transfrom:data

  • run this command: php artisan vendor:publish then choose Ipunkt\DataTransformer\DataTransformerServiceProvider
  • find your Config File in config/data-transformer.php
  • edit your Config for instance: name to username and/or fakeName to value or vice versa
  • run php artisan transform:dump {host} {db} {username} {password} your standard config File will be data-transformer.json you'll find it in the root of your Application. An Example php artisan transform:dump transformer root pw
  • --> IP address as host
  • transformer --> DB_NAME
  • root --> USERNAME
  • pw --> PASSWORD in data-transformer.json you'll find something like this:
 "users": {
   "id": "value",
   "name": "fakeName",
   "email": "fakeEmail",
   "action_on_redeem_json": "value",
   "action_on_expire_json": "value",
   "created_at": "value",
   "updated_at": "value"

Here's the all list with data that could be transformed:

  • name => fakeName via faker $this->faker->name
  • email => fakeEmail via faker $this->faker->safeEmail
  • place_of_birth => fakePlaceOfBirth via faker $this->faker->country
  • data_health => fakeDataHealth via faker $this->faker->randomDigit
  • id_number => fakeID via faker $this->faker->uuid
  • phone_number => fakePhoneNumber via faker $this->faker->phoneNumber
  • credit => fakeCredit via faker $this->faker->bankAccountNumber
  • license_plate => fakeLicensePlate via faker $this->faker->randomLetter
  • image => fakeImage via faker $this->faker->image
  • ip_address => fakeIPAddress via faker $this->faker->localIpv4
  • data_location => fakeDataLocation via faker $this->faker->latitude
  • address => fakeAddress via faker $this->faker->address
  • date_of_birth => fakeDateOfBirth via faker $this->faker->dateTime()->format('Y-m-d')

Here you can decide whether the Name must be transformed or not, for instances. If you let the Name without any change then it will be faked. If you don't want to transform Name, then you have to replace the fakeName with value. That's it.

The second and last Step: run the second command php artisan transform: {host} {db} {username} {password} (like transform:dump command)

you have to change the mysql to whatever it is in your database.php

If you want to disable foreign keys that tables has/have, add the following flag foreign-keys-checks at the end of the second Command: php artisan transform:dump {source} {target} --foreign-keys-checks=no

if you changed your config file, then it is required otherwise you don't need to do anything else.

And you're Done!