Automatic ID obfuscation for Eloquent models.

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4.1.1 2023-02-04 16:17 UTC

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Enables automatic Eloquent model ID obfuscation in routes using Optimus.


  1. Run the Composer require command to install the package

    composer require propaganistas/laravel-fakeid
  2. The package will automatically register itself.

  3. Run the following artisan command to auto-initialize the package's settings

    php artisan fakeid:setup


First of all, make sure the model is bound to Laravel's Router using the model() method, e.g. on top of the routes.php file (or in the boot() method of RouteServiceProvider if you use route caching):

Route::model('mymodel', 'App\MyModel');

This way you can reference a placeholder in your routes (edit/{mymodel}). By default Laravel will insert the model's primary key in the placeholder. But...

...if you then import the RoutesWithFakeIds trait into your model:

use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;
use Propaganistas\LaravelFakeId\RoutesWithFakeIds;

class MyModel extends Model {

  use RoutesWithFakeIds;


...all routes generated for this particular model will expose a fake ID instead of the raw primary key. Moreover incoming requests containing those fake IDs are automatically converted back to a real ID. The obfuscation layer is therefore transparent and doesn't require you to rethink everything. Just use Laravel as you normally would.


Assuming an Article model having a named show route.


Route::model('article', 'App\Article');

Route::get('articles/{article}', 'ArticleController@show')->name('');


use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;
use Propaganistas\LaravelFakeId\RoutesWithFakeIds;

class Article extends Model {
  use RoutesWithFakeIds;

A route to this specific endpoint can now be generated using Laravel's route() helper, and it will automatically contain a fake ID:

<a href="{{ route('', $article) }}"> {{ $article->name }} </a>


Why didn't you implement Hashids instead of Optimus?

PERFORMANCE! Optimus is based on Knuth's multiplicative hashing method and proves to be quite faster than Hashids. It's even mentioned on Hashids' own website.