Automatically bind Eloquent models to be used as route segments.

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Immediately start using models in your routes without having to worry about maintaining any list or map.

Medium to large Laravel applications can have a lot of models. If you're a heavy user of route model binding to automatically retrieve and inject model instances in your controllers, that means you have to manually register dozens or hundreds of models in your route service provider. You then need to do the same for each new, changed, or deleted model which makes this nifty feature hard to maintain and easy to forget.

This package solves the issue of manually having to register each model by doing all the grunt work for you. It reads your composer.json PSR-4 autoload section and scans all their model directories for usable Eloquent models. It then explicitly binds each model into the router as a route segment variable using a case type of your choosing (see configuring casing).


Get rid of this boilerplate code:

public function boot() : void
    Route::model('user', \App\Users\User::class);
    Route::model('order', \App\Orders\Order::class);
    Route::model('shoppingCart', \App\Carts\Cart::class);
    Route::model('Item', \App\Item::class);
    Route::model('Admin', \App\Users\Admin::class);
    … (repeat dozens of times)

And just do this (for any Eloquent model in your application):

Route::get('profile/{user}', ShowProfile::class);
Route::get('orders/{order}', ShowOrder::class);
Route::get('carts/{shoppingCart}', ShowShoppingCart::class);

Table of contents


  • PHP 7.3 or higher
  • Laravel 6.0 or higher

How to install

Via Composer:

composer require sebastiaanluca/laravel-route-model-autobinding

How to use

Defining model namespaces

Laravel route model autobinding uses your composer.json PSR-4 autoload section to know which namespaces and paths to scan. In any new Laravel project, the default App\\ namespace is already in place, so for most projects no additional setup required. If you have other namespaces registered like local modules or (dev) packages, those will be scanned too.

    "autoload": {
        "psr-4": {
            "App\\": "app/",
            "MyModule\\": "modules/MyModule/",
            "MyPackage\\": "MyPackage/src/"

Furthermore it filters out traits, abstract classes, helper files, and other unusable items to only bind valid Eloquent models.

Route segment variables

After installing the package, you can immediately get to work using the aliased Eloquent models in your routes:

Route::get('profile/{user}', ShowProfile::class);
Route::get('orders/{order}', ShowOrder::class);
Route::get('carts/{shoppingCart}', ShowShoppingCart::class);

Besides scanning and aliasing your models for you, this package alters no native Laravel functionality. Therefore, see the Laravel documentation on how to use route model injection.

Caching bindings in production

To cache all bindings and speed up your application in production, add the cache command to your deploy scripts:

php artisan autobinding:cache

This scans all your current models and writes a static cache file to the bootstrap/cache directory. Upon subsequent framework booting, it reads the cache file instead of scanning and aliasing on-the-fly.

Note that this thus disables runtime scanning, meaning new models will not be recognized and changes to existing models will not be reflected (not very handy during development). You can however still change the case type in the configuration file, as the binding happens in a later stage.

To clear the cache file, run:

php artisan autobinding:clear



php artisan vendor:publish

and select

laravel-route-model-autobinding (configuration)

to publish the configuration file.


By default, the case type for aliasing models is set to camel case. You can change this to use camel, snake, or studly casing.

See \SebastiaanLuca\RouteModelAutobinding\CaseTypes for possible options.

Camel case (default):

Route::get('carts/{shoppingCart}', ShowShoppingCart::class);

Snake case:

Route::get('carts/{shopping_cart}', ShowShoppingCart::class);

Studly case:

Route::get('carts/{ShoppingCart}', ShowShoppingCart::class);

The case type can still be changed after caching your models.


This package operates under the MIT License (MIT). Please see LICENSE for more information.

Change log

Please see CHANGELOG for more information what has changed recently.


composer install
composer test


Please see CONTRIBUTING and CODE OF CONDUCT for details.


If you discover any security related issues, please email instead of using the issue tracker.



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