PHP Countries and Currencies

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What does it gives you?

This package has all sorts of information about countries:

info items
taxes 32
geometry maps 248
topology maps 248
currencies 256
countries 266
timezones 423
borders 649
flags 1,570
states 4,526
cities 7,376
timezones times 81,153

Geology and topology maps

Amongst many other information you'll be able to plot country maps:



  • PHP 7.0+


Use Composer to install it:

composer require pragmarx/countries


use PragmaRX\Countries\Package\Countries;

$countries = new Countries();

echo $countries->where('cca2', 'IT')->first()->hydrateCurrencies()->currencies->EUR->coins->frequent->first();

// or calling it statically

echo Countries::where('cca2', 'IT')->first()->hydrateCurrencies()->currencies->EUR->coins->frequent->first();

Should both return


Overloading the default configuration:

use PragmaRX\Countries\Package\Services\Config;

$countries = new Countries(new Config([
    'hydrate' => [
        'elements' => [
            'currencies' => true,
            'flag' => true,
            'timezones' => true,


This package is not tied to Laravel and doesn't require it to be installed (we have a bridge for this purpose), but it has Laravel Collections in its core, all methods in Collections are available, this way you can do things like filter, map, reduce, search, sort, reject, and a lot more. It, actually, uses Coollection, which is Laravel Collections with a fluent syntax, allowing us to have access to array keys (and values) as object properties.

To get all countries in the data base you just have to:

use PragmaRX\Countries\Package\Countries;

$countries = new Countries();

$all = $countries->all();

To get a json you:

return $countries->toJson();

Filter by keys and values:

$countries->where('name.common', 'Brazil');

Will find Brazil by its common name, which is a

#items: array:22 [▼
  "name" => array:3 [▼
    "common" => "Brazil"
    "official" => "Federative Republic of Brazil"
    "native" => array:1 [▼
      "por" => array:2 [▼
        "official" => "República Federativa do Brasil"
        "common" => "Brasil"

Or alternatively you can filter like this


And, you can go deepeer

$countries->where('name.native.por.common', 'Brasil');

Or search by the country top level domain

$countries->where('tld.0', '.ch');

To get

"name" => array:3 [▼
  "common" => "Switzerland"
  "official" => "Swiss Confederation"
  "native" => array:4 [▶]
"tld" => array:1 [▼
  0 => ".ch"

And use things like pluck

$countries->where('cca3', 'USA')->first()->hydrateStates()->states->pluck('name', 'postal')->toArray();

To get

"MA" => "Massachusetts"
"MN" => "Minnesota"
"MT" => "Montana"
"ND" => "North Dakota"

The package uses a modified Collection which allows you to access properties and methods as objects:

$countries->where('cca3', 'FRA')

Should give

Principality of Andorra

Borders hydration is disabled by default, but you can have your borders hydrated easily by calling the hydrate method:

$countries->where('name.common', 'United Kingdom')

Should return



To improve performance, hydration, which is enabled by default, can be disable on most country properties, and this is how you manually hydrate properties:

$countries->where('name.common', 'United States')->first()->hydrate('timezones')->timezones->first()->zone_name;

$countries->where('name.common', 'United States')->first()->hydrate('timezones')->timezones->first()->zone_name;

Those are some of the hydratable properties:

  • Borders
  • Cities
  • Currencies
  • Flag
  • Geometry
  • Languages
  • States
  • Taxes
  • Timezone
  • Topology

Extra where rules

Some properties are stored differently and we therefore need special rules for accessing them, these properties are

  • ISO639_3 => The 3 letter language code.
  • ISO4217 => The 3 letter currency code.

You can of course access them like other properties

$countries->where('ISO639_3', 'por')->count();


Sometimes you would like to access a property by a different name, this can be done in settings, this way

'maps' => [
    'lca3' => 'ISO639_3'

Here we bind the language 3 letter short code ISO format to lca3, which is short for language code alpha 3-letter. So now we can access the property by



$countries->where('lca3', 'por');

Some other examples from Laravel News and some other contributors

Generate a list of all countries with code, using native name and common

->map(function ($country) {
    $commonName = $country->name->common;

    $languages = $country->languages ?? collect();

    $language = $languages->keys()->first() ?? null;

    $nativeNames = $country->name->native ?? null;

    if (
        filled($language) &&
            filled($nativeNames) &&
            filled($nativeNames[$language]) ?? null
    ) {
        $native = $nativeNames[$language]['common'] ?? null;

    if (blank($native ?? null) && filled($nativeNames)) {
        $native = $nativeNames->first()['common'] ?? null;

    $native = $native ?? $commonName;

    if ($native !== $commonName && filled($native)) {
        $native = "$native ($commonName)";

    return [$country->cca2 => $native];

Should give you 267 (or so) countries like:

"AW" => "Aruba"
"AF" => "افغانستان (Afghanistan)"
"AO" => "Angola"
"AI" => "Anguilla"
"AX" => "Åland (Åland Islands)"
"AL" => "Shqipëria (Albania)"
"AD" => "Andorra"
"AE" => "دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة (United Arab Emirates)"
"AR" => "Argentina"
"AM" => "Հայաստան (Armenia)"
"AS" => "American Samoa"
"AQ" => "Antarctica"
"TF" => "Terres australes et antarctiques françaises (French Southern and Antarctic Lands)"
"AG" => "Antigua and Barbuda"
"AU" => "Australia"
"AT" => "Österreich (Austria)"
"AZ" => "Azərbaycan (Azerbaijan)"
"BI" => "Burundi"
"BE" => "Belgien (Belgium)"
"BJ" => "Bénin (Benin)"
"BF" => "Burkina Faso"
"BD" => "বাংলাদেশ (Bangladesh)"
"BG" => "България (Bulgaria)"
"BH" => "‏البحرين (Bahrain)"
"BS" => "Bahamas"
"BA" => "Bosna i Hercegovina (Bosnia and Herzegovina)"
"BL" => "Saint-Barthélemy (Saint Barthélemy)"
"SH" => "Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha"
"BY" => "Белару́сь (Belarus)"
"BZ" => "Belize"
"BM" => "Bermuda"
"BO" => "Wuliwya (Bolivia)"
"BQ" => "Caribisch Nederland (Caribbean Netherlands)"
"BR" => "Brasil (Brazil)"
"BB" => "Barbados"
"BN" => "Negara Brunei Darussalam (Brunei)"
"BT" => "འབྲུག་ཡུལ་ (Bhutan)"
"BV" => "Bouvetøya (Bouvet Island)"
"BW" => "Botswana"
"CF" => "République centrafricaine (Central African Republic)"
"CA" => "Canada"
"CC" => "Cocos (Keeling) Islands"
"CH" => "Suisse (Switzerland)"
"CL" => "Chile"
"CN" => "中国 (China)"
"CI" => "Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)"
"CM" => "Cameroon"
"CD" => "RD Congo (DR Congo)"
"CG" => "République du Congo (Republic of the Congo)"
"CK" => "Cook Islands"
"CO" => "Colombia"
"KM" => "القمر‎ (Comoros)"
"CV" => "Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)"

Generate a list of countries



    "Åland Islands",

Generate a list of currencies




Get the currency symbol

$countries->where('name.common', 'Brazil')->first()->hydrate('currency')->currencies->BRL->units->major->symbol;

Generate a list of States

$countries->where('name.common', 'United States')
    ->pluck('name', 'postal');


    "AL": "Alabama",
    "AK": "Alaska",
    "AZ": "Arizona",
    "AR": "Arkansas",
    "CA": "California",

Hydrate and get a cities

$countries->where('cca3', 'FRA')

Should return


Get a countries currency

$countries->where('name.common', 'United States')->first()->currency;


    "alternativeSigns": [],
    "ISO4217Code": "USD",
    "ISO4217Number": "840",
    "sign": "$",
    "subunits": 100,
    "title": "U.S. dollar",

Get all currencies



    0 => "AED"
    1 => "AFN"
    2 => "ALL"
    3 => "AMD"
    4 => "ANG"
    5 => "AOA"
    6 => "ARS"
    7 => "AUD"
    8 => "AWG"
    9 => "AZN"
    10 => "BAM"

Get the timezone for a State

return $countries->where('name.common', 'United States')->first()->timezone->NC;



Get all timezones for a country

$countries->where('name.common', 'Brazil')
  ->map(function ($timezone) {
      return $timezone->zone_name;

Get all times for a timezone

return $countries->where('name.common', 'United States Virgin Islands')->first()->hydrate('timezones_times')->timezones->first()->times;


"times" => [
    "abbreviation" => "LMT"
    "dst" => "0"
    "gmt_offset" => "-14764"
    "time_start" => "-1825098837"
    "zone_id" => "415"
    1 => [
        "abbreviation" => "AST"
        "dst" => "0"
        "gmt_offset" => "-14400"
        "time_start" => "-1825098836"
        "zone_id" => "415"


Countries provides many different flag sources, including SVG flags. This is how you use one of the available sources:

Install flag-icon

npm install --save-dev flag-icon-css

Import it to your project

@import '~flag-icon-css/sass/flag-icon.scss';

Use Countries to get the flag span

$unitedStatesFlag =
    $this->countries->where('cca3', 'USA')

Render it in your blade template

{!! $unitedStatesFlag !!}

Publishing assets

You can publish configuration by doing:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider=PragmaRX\\Countries\\ServiceProvider


This package uses some other open source packages and, until we don't build a better documentation, you can find some more info about data on mledoze/countries and how to use it on this fantastic Laravel News article.


Since this data is not supposed to change, calls are automatically cached. If you want to change this behaviour, you can edit config/countries.php file once it's published.

Framework bridges

Sample files


Antonio Carlos Ribeiro All contributors


To build the countries database and relations, this package make use of those sources and packages:


Countries is licensed under the BSD 3-Clause License - see the LICENSE file for details


Pull requests and issues are more than welcome.