This package is abandoned and no longer maintained. The author suggests using the judahnator/laravel-json-manipulator package instead.

A package to provide a metadata service for your Laravel models

v0.3.0 2018-08-07 16:46 UTC


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This package provides the ability to add "metadata" to your application models.

Model Setup

First things first, you will need to add a JSON field to your models table.


use Illuminate\Database\Schema\Blueprint;
use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Schema;

Schema::table('{your table}', function(Blueprint $table) {

Next, for the most basic setup you just need to use the HasMetadata trait in your model.


use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;
use judahnator\LaravelMetadata\HasMetadata;

class MyModel extends Model
    use HasMetadata;

And that's it. Now you can add metadata to your model to your hearts content, that wont persist to your database until you save your model.

Basic Usage

You can access model metadata with a meta accessor. This accessor will always return a judahnator\JsonManipulator\JsonBase object. You may access its values like you would any other object.

When working with nested attributes, be that attributes nested in an array or object, you will work with either a judahnator\JsonManipulator\JsonArray or judahnator\JsonManipulator\JsonObject object depending on what is appropriate.


$MyModel = MyModel::find(123);

// You can work with values directly
$MyModel->meta->foo = 'bar';

// You can also work with nested arrays and objects
$MyModel->meta->nested_array = ['foo', 'bar'];
$MyModel->meta->nested_object = (object)['keyed' => 'item'];

// Be aware that when retrieving arrays and objects, they are going to be represented with the JsonBase class.

/** @var \judahnator\JsonManipulator\JsonArray $nested_array */
$nested_array = $MyModel->meta->nested_array; 

/** @var \judahnator\JsonManipulator\JsonObject $nested_object */
$nested_object = $MyModel->meta->nested_object; 

// Because of how this library works internally, changing returned values changes the root value as well.
$nested_array[] = 'baz';
echo $MyModel->meta->nested_array[2]; // 'baz'

// Remember to save the model to make the metadata persist!

More Advanced Usage

In addition to the trait you can pull into the model, you can base your models off the MetadataModel class. This is completely optional, but allows you to "shortcut" some of your meta stores.

You must define your metadata stores in a protected $metadata array on your model. It is formatted with key=>value pairs, where the key is the store and the value is if the store is an array or object.


use judahnator\LaravelMetadata\MetadataModel;

class MyModel extends MetadataModel
    protected $metadata = [
        'profile' => 'object',
        'hobbies' => 'array'

$MyModel = MyModel::find(123);
$MyModel->profile->youngest_grandchilds_name = 'Jimmy';
$MyModel->hobbies[] = 'hiking';
$MyModel->hobbies[] = 'coding';