Export the attributes you need from all your objects and arrays.

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Require this package with composer:

composer require mathieutu/exporter

Use cases

Because pictures are worth thousands words:

The Exporter package let you write this:

Exporter use case: After

instead of that:

Exporter use case: Before

For example, I use it a lot with Laravel Eloquent Resources, or as an easier alternative of Symfony Normalizer:

Exporter use case: Resource


Use the \MathieuTu\Exporter\Exporter trait on your classes. You also can use directly the \MathieuTu\Exporter\ExporterService::exportFrom($exportable, $attributes) static method on basic arrays or objects, or if you can't add the trait.

You can export from arrays, objects with ArrayAccess interface, or any standard objects.

The response will be a Laravel Collection (but you absolutely don't need Laravel, this package is totally framework agnostic). If you don't know how to use collections, you can use it exactly like an array, or use toArray() method to get a real one.


(You can find all this examples and more in the package tests)

For the examples, and to cover all the possible ways to use this package, we'll consider this object as input:

$object = new class
    use \MathieuTu\Exporter\Exporter;

    public $foo = 'testFoo';
    private $bar = ['bar1' => 'testBar1', 'bar2' => 'testBar2', 'bar3' => 'testBar3'];
    public $baz = [
        (object) ['baz1' => 'baz1A', 'baz2' => 'baz2A', 'baz3' => 'baz3A'],
        (object) ['baz1' => 'baz1B', 'baz2' => 'baz2B', 'baz3' => 'baz3B'],
        (object) ['baz1' => 'baz1C', 'baz2' => 'baz2C', 'baz3' => 'baz3C'],

    public function testWithParam(string $param): string
        return 'test' . $param;

    public function test(): string
        return 'test' . date("l");
    public function getBar(): array
        return $this->bar;

and a standard array as output (in comment), instead of a Collection (result from the $collection->toArray() method).

Export public and private (with getter) root attributes

$object->export(['foo']); // ['foo' => testFoo]
$object->export(['foo', 'bar']); 
    'foo' => testFoo,
    'bar' => ['bar1' => 'testBar1', 'bar2' => 'testBar2'],

Export from nested array/object

  • In an array:
$object->export(['bar' => ['bar2', 'bar3']]);
    'bar' => [
        'bar2' => testBar2',
        'bar3' => testBar3',
  • Only one attribute:
$object->export(['bar' => 'bar1']); // ['bar' => 'testBar1']
  • With dot notation:
$object->export(['bar.bar1']); // ['bar.bar1' => 'testBar1']
  • Using a wildcard to export from lists:
$object->export(['baz' => ['*' => ['baz1', 'baz3']]]); 
    'baz' => [
        ['baz1' => 'baz1A', 'baz3' => 'baz3A'],
        ['baz1' => 'baz1B', 'baz3' => 'baz3B'],
        ['baz1' => 'baz1C', 'baz3' => 'baz3C'],

Set an alias as key:

$object->export(['foo', 'bar.bar2 as secondBar']); 
    'foo' => testFoo,
    'secondBar' => 'testBar2',

Export result of a function

$object->export(['testWithParam(Mathieu)']); // ['testWithParam' => testMathieu]
$object->export(['test()']); // ['test' => testFriday]


This Exporter package is an open-sourced software licensed under the MIT license.


Issues and PRs are obviously welcomed and encouraged, both for bugs and new features as well as documentation. Each piece of code added should be fully tested, but we can do that all together, so please don't be afraid by that.