Eloquent Model Generator

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Eloquent Model Generator generates Eloquent models using database schema as a source.

Version 2.0.0

Version 2.0.0 has been released. Checkout this discussion for more details and upgrade instructions.


Step 1. Add Eloquent Model Generator to your project:

composer require krlove/eloquent-model-generator --dev

Step 2. Register GeneratorServiceProvider:

'providers' => [
    // ...

Step 3. Configure your database connection.



php artisan krlove:generate:model User

to generate a model class. Generator will look for table named users and generate a model for it.


Use table-name option to specify another table name:

php artisan krlove:generate:model User --table-name=user

In this case generated model will contain protected $table = 'user' property.


Generated file will be saved into app/Models directory of your application and have App\Models namespace by default. If you want to change the destination and namespace, supply the output-path and namespace options respectively:

php artisan krlove:generate:model User --output-path=/full/path/to/output/directory --namespace=Your\\Custom\\Models\\Place

output-path can be absolute path or relative to project's app directory. Absolute path must start with /:

  • /var/www/html/app/Models - absolute path
  • Custom/Models - relative path, will be transformed to /var/www/html/app/Custom/Models (assuming your project app directory is /var/www/html/app)


By default, generated class will be extended from Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model. To change the base class specify base-class-name option:

php artisan krlove:generate:model User --base-class-name=Custom\\Base\\Model


If User.php file already exist, it will be renamed into User.php~ first and saved at the same directory. Unless no-backup option is specified:

php artisan krlove:generate:model User --no-backup

Other options

There are several useful options for defining several model's properties:

  • no-timestamps - adds public $timestamps = false; property to the model
  • date-format - specifies dateFormat property of the model
  • connection - specifies connection name property of the model

Overriding default options

Instead of specifying options each time when executing the command you can create a config file named eloquent_model_generator.php at project's config directory with your own default values:


return [
    'namespace' => 'App',
    'base_class_name' => \Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model::class,
    'output_path' => null,
    'no_timestamps' => null,
    'date_format' => null,
    'connection' => null,
    'no_backup' => null,
    'db_types' => null,

Registering custom database types

If running a command leads to an error

Unknown database type <TYPE> requested, Doctrine\DBAL\Platforms\MySqlPlatform may not support it.

it means that you must register your type <TYPE> at your config/eloquent_model_generator.php:

return [
    // ...
    'db_types' => [
        '<TYPE>' => 'string',

Usage example

Table user:

CREATE TABLE `users` (
  `id` int(10) unsigned NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
  `username` varchar(50) NOT NULL,
  `email` varchar(100) NOT NULL,
  `role_id` int(10) unsigned NOT NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY (`id`),
  KEY `role_id` (`role_id`),


php artisan krlove:generate:model User



namespace App;

use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;

 * @property int $id
 * @property int $role_id
 * @property mixed $username
 * @property mixed $email
 * @property Role $role
 * @property Article[] $articles
 * @property Comment[] $comments
class User extends Model
     * @var array
    protected $fillable = ['role_id', 'username', 'email'];

     * @return \Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Relations\BelongsTo
    public function role()
        return $this->belongsTo('Role');

     * @return \Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Relations\HasMany
    public function articles()
        return $this->hasMany('Article');

     * @return \Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Relations\HasMany
    public function comments()
        return $this->hasMany('Comment');

Generating models for all tables

Command krlove:generate:models will generate models for all tables in the database. It accepts all options available for krlove:generate:model along with skip-table option.


Specify one or multiple table names to skip:

php artisan krlove:generate:models --skip-table=users --skip-table=roles

Note that table names must be specified without prefix if you have one configured.


You can hook into the process of model generation by adding your own instances of Krlove\EloquentModelGenerator\Processor\ProcessorInterface and tagging it with GeneratorServiceProvider::PROCESSOR_TAG.

Imagine you want to override Eloquent's perPage property value.

class PerPageProcessor implements ProcessorInterface
    public function process(EloquentModel $model, Config $config): void
        $propertyModel = new PropertyModel('perPage', 'protected', 20);
        $dockBlockModel = new DocBlockModel('The number of models to return for pagination.', '', '@var int');

    public function getPriority(): int
        return 8;

getPriority determines the order of when the processor is called relative to other processors.

In your service provider:

public function register()
    $this->app->tag([InflectorRulesProcessor::class], [GeneratorServiceProvider::PROCESSOR_TAG]);

After that, generated models will contain the following code:

 * The number of models to return for pagination.
 * @var int
protected $perPage = 20;