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Laravel package to invert Eloquent scopes.

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As of Laravel 9.2.0, you may use the native whereNot method. This package will be maintained for some time for Laravel 8 users but will be deprecated eventually.

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  • PHP 7.4+
  • Laravel 8.0 or 9.0

This package is tested with GitHub Actions using MySQL 5.7, PostgreSQL 10.8 and SQLite.


  • Flip/invert your scope, or really any query constraint.
  • Zero third-party dependencies.

Related package: Laravel Eloquent Scope as Select


If you want to know more about the background of this package, please read the blogpost: Apply the opposite of your Eloquent scope to the Query Builder with a Laravel package.


You can install the package via composer:

composer require protonemedia/laravel-eloquent-where-not

Add the macro to the query builder, for example, in your AppServiceProvider. By default, the name of the macro is whereNot, but you can customize it with the first parameter of the addMacro method.

use ProtoneMedia\LaravelEloquentWhereNot\WhereNot;

public function boot()

    // or use a custom method name:

Short API description

For a more practical explanation, check out the usage section below.

Call the whereNot method with a Closure:

Post::whereNot(function ($query) {

The example above can be shortened by using a string, which should be the name of the scope:


You can use an array to call multiple scopes:

Post::whereNot(['popular', 'published'])->get();

Use an associative array to call dynamic scopes:

Post::whereNot(['ofType' => 'announcement'])->get();

If your dynamic scopes require multiple arguments, you can use an associative array:

Post::whereNot(['publishedBetween' => [2010, 2020]])->get();

You can also mix dynamic and non-dynmaic scopes:

    'ofType' => 'announcement'


Imagine you have a Post Eloquent model with a query scope that constraints the query to all posts that should make the front page.

class Post extends Model
    public function user()
        return $this->belongsTo(User::class);

    public function comments()
        return $this->hasMany(Comment::class);

    public function scopeOnFrontPage($query)
        $query->where('is_public', 1)
            ->where('votes', '>', 100)
            ->has('comments', '>=', 20)
            ->whereHas('user', fn($user) => $user->isAdmin())
            ->whereYear('published_at', date('Y'));

Now you can fetch all posts for your front page by calling the scope method on the query:

$posts = Post::onFrontPage()->get();

But what if you want to fetch all posts that didn't make the front page? Using the power of this package, you can re-use your scope!

$posts = Post::whereNot(function($query) {

With short closures, a feature which was introduced in PHP 7.4, this can be even shorter:

$posts = Post::whereNot(fn ($query) => $query->onFrontPage())->get();


Instead of using a Closure, there are some shortcuts you could use (see also: Short API description):

Using a string instead of a Closure:

Post::whereNot(function ($query) {

// is the same as:


Using an array instead of Closure, to support multiple scopes and dynamic scopes:

Post::whereNot(function ($query) {

// is the same as:

Post::whereNot(['ofType' => 'announcement']);


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Please see CHANGELOG for more information about what has changed recently.


Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.

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