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User activity logging for Laravel 5

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User activity logging for Laravel 5.

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Chronicle provides a simple way to record user activity for Laravel 5 and is based on a Laracasts lesson. Chronicle extends the functionality that is offered by the lesson.


  • Compatible with Laravel 5
  • Clean API for recording user activity
  • Auto-recording of activities by hooking up to model events
  • Time and user based activity filtering
  • Flushing activities for clean-up
  • Enabling/disabling and pausing/resuming recording activities.
  • A phpunit test suite for easy development


Installing Chronicle is simple.

  1. Pull this package in through Composer.

        "require": {
            "kenarkose/chronicle": "~1.4"
  2. In order to register Chronicle Service Provider add 'Kenarkose\Chronicle\ChronicleServiceProvider' to the end of providers array in your config/app.php file.

    'providers' => array(
  3. You may configure the default behaviour of Chronicle by publishing and modifying the configuration file. Furthermore, you need to publish the migration for the Kenarkose\Chronicle\Activity model to be able to persist activities. To do so, use the following command.

    php artisan vendor:publish

    Than, you will find the configuration file on the config/chronicle.php path. Information about the options can be found in the comments of this file. All of the options in the config file are optional, and falls back to default if not specified; remove an option if you would like to use the default. Do not forget to migrate when the migration file is published.

  4. You may access the services provided by Chronicle by using the supplied Facades or with the chronicle() helper method.

    chronicle()->record($post, 'created_post', $user_id);
    // You can further limit activity to certain event types
    chronicle()->getUserActivity(Auth::user(), null, 'created_reply');
    chronicle()->getUserActivity(Auth::user(), null, ['created_reply', 'created_post']);
    // You can pause and resume recording if you like for the request
    // --- non-recorded actions

    In order to register the Facade add the following line to the end of aliases array in your config/app.php file.

    'aliases' => array(
        'App'        => 'Illuminate\Support\Facades\App',
        'Artisan'    => 'Illuminate\Support\Facades\Artisan',
        'Chronicle'   => 'Kenarkose\Chronicle\ChronicleFacade'

    A good place to register chronicle recording actions are inside the 'App\Providers\EventServiceProvider' class that is provided by Laravel 5.

  5. Additionally, you may use the 'Kenarkose\Chronicle\RecordsActivity' trait for automatically recording 'created', 'updated', and 'deleted' model events by default on any Eloquent model. Furthermore, you may specify which events are going to be recorded by defining the static $recordEvents property.

    namespace App;
    use Kenarkose\Chronicle\RecordsActivity;
    class Post
        use RecordsActivity;
        protected static $recordEvents = ['created'];
  6. Finally, you may find it necessary for a recorded activity to be removed if its subject has been removed. For example, a user replied to a post, but then decided to delete that reply. It may not be necessary to keep the activity record around, so the static property $deleteActivityOnCascade can be set to automatically remove the activity.

    namespace App;
    use Kenarkose\Chronicle\RecordsActivity;
    class Post
        use RecordsActivity;
        protected static $deleteActivityOnCascade = true;

Please check the tests and source code for further documentation, as the source code of Chronicle is well tested and documented.


Chronicle is released under MIT License.