0.1.1 2021-06-19 06:53 UTC

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No-setup history recording for your Eloquent models. Just install, migrate, and it works!

Roadmap (contributions most welcome 🙏🏼)

  • retention configuration & command
  • bundle frontend implementation to present history in a beautiful form blade
  • bundle frontend implementation to present history in a beautiful form vue
  • bundle frontend implementation to present history in a beautiful form TALL stack
  • bundle frontend implementation to present history in a beautiful form react


You can install the package via composer:

composer require sofa/laravel-history

Then publish migrations and config, then run migrations to create the necessary table:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Sofa\History\HistoryServiceProvider"
php artisan migrate

This is the contents of the published config file:

return [
     * Model of the User performing actions and recorded in the history.
     * @see \Sofa\History\History::user()
    'user_model' => 'App\Models\User',

     * Custom user resolver for the actions recorded by the package.
     * Should be callable returning a User performing an action, or their raw identifier.
     * By default auth()->id() is used.
     * @see \Sofa\History\HistoryListener::getUserId()
    'user_resolver' => null,

     * **RETENTION** requires adding cleanup command to your schedule
     * Retention period for the history records.
     * Accepts any parsable date string, eg.
     * '2021-01-01' -> retain anything since 2021-01-01
     * '3 months' -> retain anything no older than 3 months
     * '1 year' -> retain anything no older than 1 year
     * @see strtotime()
     * @see \Sofa\History\RetentionCommand
    'retention' => null,


Time travel with your models:

$postFromThePast = History::recreate(Post::class, $id, '2020-12-10', ['categories']);
// or: $postFromThePast = Post::recreate($id, '2020-12-10', ['categories']);

// model attributes as of 2020-12-10:

// relations as of 2020-12-10:

// related models attributes also as of 2020-12-10:

Get a full history/audit log of your models

$history = History::for($post)->get();

# For each update in the history you will get an entry like below:
>>> $history->first()
=> Sofa\History\History {#4320
     id: 16,
     model_type: "App\Models\Post",
     model_id: 5,
     action: "created",
     data: "{"title": "officiis", "user_id": 5, "created_at": "2021-06-07 00:00:00", "updated_at": "2021-06-07 00:00:00"}",
     user_id: null,
     created_at: "2021-06-07 00:00:00",
     updated_at: "2021-06-07 00:00:00",

# And here you can see a sample of the recorded activity:
>>> $history->pluck('action')
=> Illuminate\Support\Collection {#4315
     all: [

You can easily create an Audit Log for your users too:

// User model
public function auditLog()
    return $this->hasMany(History::class, 'user_id');

// Then
$auditLog = auth()->user()->auditLog()->paginate();

Additional setup & known limitations

The package offers 2 main functionalities:

  • recording full history for a model
  • recreating models with all relations in the past

History recording works out of the box for all your Eloquent models (really 😉). Additionally it will record and recreate model relations. There are however some limitations due to relations inner workings in Laravel:

  • recreating HasMany, BelongsTo, MorphTo, MorphMany & HasManyThrough is fully supported out of the box

  • recording and recreating many-to-many relations requires custom pivot model in order for Laravel to fire relevant events (BelongsToMany, MoprhToMany). If you defined a custom pivot on your relation(s) already, you don't need to do anything. Otherwise, you can use provided placeholder pivot models:

    // original relations:
    public function categories()
        return $this->belongsToMany(Category::class);
    public function tags()
        return $this->morphToMany(Tag::class, 'taggable');
    // change to:
    public function categories()
        return $this->belongsToMany(Category::class)->using(\Sofa\History\PivotEvents::class);
    public function tags()
        return $this->morphToMany(Tag::class, 'taggable')->using(\Sofa\History\MorphPivotEvents::class);
  • HasOne relation can be recreated only when specific requirements are met: there is a single orderBy(...) on the relation definition and there are no complex where(...) clauses (it does not affect recording history, just recreating model with relations):

    // this will work:
    public function lastComment()
        return $this->hasOne(Comment::class)->latest('id')->whereIn('status', ['approved', 'pending']);
    // this will not work (currently...):
    public function lastComment()
        return $this->hasOne(Comment::class) // no ordering
            ->where(fn ($q) => $q->where(...)->orWhere(...)); // unsupported where clause
    • HasOneThrough is currently not supported at all


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