A Laravel wrapper for version 4 of the IGDB API (Apicalypse) including webhook handling

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This is a Laravel wrapper for version 4 of the IGDB API (Apicalypse) including webhook handling since version 2.3.0.

Basic installation

You can install this package via composer using:

composer require marcreichel/igdb-laravel

The package will automatically register its service provider.

To publish the config file to config/igdb.php run:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\IGDBLaravelServiceProvider"

This is the default content of the config file:

return [
     * These are the credentials you got from
    'credentials' => [
        'client_id' => env('TWITCH_CLIENT_ID', ''),
        'client_secret' => env('TWITCH_CLIENT_SECRET', ''),

     * This package caches queries automatically (for 1 hour per default).
     * Here you can set how long each query should be cached (in seconds).
     * To turn cache off set this value to 0
    'cache_lifetime' => env('IGDB_CACHE_LIFETIME', 3600),

     * The webhook secret.
     * This needs to be a string of your choice in order to use the webhook
     * functionality.
    'webhook_secret' => env('IGDB_WEBHOOK_SECRET', null),


If you're familiar with the Eloquent System and the Query Builder of Laravel you will love this package as it uses a similar approach.


Each endpoint of the API is mapped to its own model.

To get a list of games you simply call something like this:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::where('first_release_date', '>=', 1546297200)->get();

Here you can find a list of all available Models.

Query Builder

You can use one of the defined models listed above. The search results will be mapped into the used model automatically then. This method is used in the examples below.

Otherwise you can use the Query Builder itself like this:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Builder as IGDB;

$igdb = new IGDB('games'); // 'games' is the endpoint

$games = $igdb->get();


Select which fields should be in the response. If you want to have all available fields in the response you can also skip this method as the query builder will select * by default. (Attention: This is the opposite behaviour from the Apicalypse API)

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::select(['*'])->get();

$games = Game::select(['name', 'first_release_date'])->get();


use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::search('Fortnite')->get();

Attention: Searchable models are Character, Collection, Game, Platform and Theme.


Simple Where Clauses
use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::where('first_release_date', '>=', 1546297200)->get();

For convenience, if you want to verify that a column is equal to a given value, you may pass the value directly as the second argument to the where method:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::where('name', 'Fortnite')->get();
Or Statements

You may chain where constraints together as well as add or clauses to the query. The orWhere method accepts the same arguments as the where method:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::where('name', 'Fortnite')->orWhere('name', 'Borderlands 2')->get();
Additional Where Clauses

The whereBetween method verifies that a fields's value is between two values:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::whereBetween('first_release_date', 1546297200, 1577833199)->get();

The whereNotBetween method verifies that a field's value lies outside of two values:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::whereNotBetween('first_release_date', 1546297200, 1577833199)->get();

The whereIn method verifies that a given field's value is contained within the given array:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::whereIn('category', [0,4])->get();

The whereNotIn method verifies that the given field's value is not contained in the given array:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::whereNotIn('category', [0,4])->get();
whereInAll / whereNotInAll / whereInExact / whereNotInExact

Alternatively you could use one of these methods to match against all or exactly the given array.


The whereNull method verifies that the value of the given field is NULL:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::whereNull('first_release_date')->get();

The whereNotNull method verifies that the field's value is not NULL:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::whereNotNull('first_release_date')->get();

The whereDate method may be used to compare a field's value against a date:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::whereDate('first_release_date', '2019-01-01')->get();

The whereYear method may be used to compare a fields's value against a specific year:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::whereYear('first_release_date', 2019)->get();
whereHas / whereHasNot

These methods have the same syntax as whereNull and whereNotNull and literally do the exact same thing.

Parameter Grouping
use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::where('name', 'Fortnite')
    ->orWhere(function($query) {
        $query->where('aggregated_rating', '>=', 90)
            ->where('aggregated_rating_count', '>=', 3000);

Ordering, Limit, & Offset


The orderBy method allows you to sort the result of the query by a given field. The first argument to the orderBy method should be the field you wish to sort by, while the second argument controls the direction of the sort and may be either asc or desc:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::orderBy('first_release_date', 'asc')->get();
skip / take

To limit the number of results returned from the query, or to skip a given number of results in the query, you may use the skip and take methods (take is limited to a maximum of 500):

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::skip(10)->take(5)->get();

Alternatively, you may use the limit and offset methods:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::offset(10)->limit(5)->get();


You can overwrite the default cache time for one specific query. So you can for example turn off caching for a query:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::cache(0)->get();


To finally get results for the query, simply call get:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::get();


If you just want to get "all" results (limited to a maximum of 500) just call the all-Method directly on your model:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$games = Game::all();


If you only want one result call the first-method after your query:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$game = Game::first();


If you know the Identifier of the model you can simply call the find-method with the identifier as a parameter:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$game = Game::find(1905);

find returns null if no result were found. If you want to throw an Exception instead use findOrFail. This will throw an MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Exceptions\ModelNotFoundException if no result were found.

Relationships (Extends)

To extend your result use the with-method:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$game = Game::with(['cover', 'artworks'])->get();

By default, every field (*) of the relationship is selected. If you want to define the fields of the relationship yourself you have to define the relationship as the array-key and the fields as an array:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$game = Game::with(['cover' => ['url', 'image_id']])->get();

Reading properties

Model-based approach

If you used the Model-based approach you can simply get a property:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$game = Game::find(1905);

if ($game) {
    echo $game->name; // Will output "Fortnite"

If you want to access a property which does not exist null is returned:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

$game = Game::find(1905);

if ($game) {
    echo $game->foo; // Will output nothing

Query-Builder-based approach

If you used the Query Builder itself you must check if a property exists yourself.

✨ Webhooks (since v2.3.0)

Since version 2.3.0 of this package you can create webhooks and handle their requests with ease. 🎉

Initial setup


Inside your config/igdb.php file you need to have a webhook_secret of your choice like so (you only need to create this if you upgraded from a prior version of this package. New installations have this configured automatically):

return [
    // ...
    // Other configs
    // ...

    'webhook_secret' => env('IGDB_WEBHOOK_SECRET', null)

And then set a secret inside your .env file:



Create a POST route where you want to handle the incoming webhook requests and simply call Webhook::handle($request):

use Illuminate\Http\Request;
use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Webhook;

Route::post('webhook/handle', function (Request $request) {
    return Webhook::handle($request);

Add the route to the VerifyCsrfToken middleware (in app/Http/Middleware/VerifyCsrfToken.php):

class VerifyCsrfToken extends Middleware
     * The URIs that should be excluded from CSRF verification.
     * @var array
    protected $except = [
+       'webhook/handle'

That's it!

Creating a webhook

Let's say we want to be informed whenever a new game is created on

First of all we need to inform IGDB that we want to be informed.

For this we create a webhook like so:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Models\Game;

Game::createWebhook(route('handle-webhook'), 'create');

The first parameter describes the route where we want to handle the webhook. The second parameter needs to be one of create, update or delete according to which event we want to listen for.

Listen for events

Now that we have created our webhook we can listen for a specific event - in our case when a game is created.

For this we create a Laravel EventListener or for sake of simplicity we just listen for an event inside the boot() method of our app/providers/EventServiceProvider.php:

use MarcReichel\IGDBLaravel\Events\GameCreated;
use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Event;

public function boot()
    Event::listen(function (GameCreated $event) {
        // $event->game holds the game data

Here you can find a list of all available events.

Further information on how to set up event listeners can be found on the official docs.


Run the tests with:

composer test


  • Clean up and restructure/optimize Docs
  • Restructure/Optimize Builder class for better code quality


Pull requests are welcome :)