A PHP function to work with private properties and methods

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A PHP function to access private properties and methods

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This package offers an invade function that will allow you to read/write private properties of an object. It will also allow you to call private methods.

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You can install the package via composer:

composer require spatie/invade


Imagine you have this class defined which has a private property and method.

class MyClass
    private string $privateProperty = 'private value';

    private function privateMethod(): string
        return 'private return value';

$myClass = new Myclass();

This is how you can get the value of the private property using the invade function.

invade($myClass)->privateProperty; // returns 'private value'

The invade function also allows you to change private values.

invade($myClass)->privateProperty = 'changed value';
invade($myClass)->privateProperty; // returns 'changed value

Using invade you can also call private functions.

invade($myClass)->privateMethod(); // returns 'private return value'

Further, you can also get and set private static class properties and call private static methods. Imagine having this class:

class MyClass
    private static string $privateStaticProperty = 'privateValue';

    private static function privateStaticMethod(string $string, int $int): string
        return 'private return value ' . $string . ' ' . $int;

Here is how you get and set private class properties:

invade(MyClass::class)->get('privateStaticProperty'); // returns 'private value'

invade(MyClass::class)->set('privateStaticProperty', 'changedValue');

invade(MyClass::class)->get('privateStaticProperty'); // returns 'changedValue'

And this is how you call private static methods:

    ->call('foo', 123);

// returns 'private return value foo 123'


composer test


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


Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.

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The original idea for the invade function came from Caleb "string king" Porzio. We slightly polished the code that he created in this commit on Livewire.


The MIT License (MIT). Please see License File for more information.