A PHP function to work with private properties and methods

Fund package maintenance!

Installs: 3 210 074

Dependents: 77

Suggesters: 0

Security: 0

Stars: 272

Watchers: 4

Forks: 13

2.0.0 2023-07-19 18:55 UTC


Social Card of Invade

A PHP function to access private properties and methods

Latest Version on Packagist Tests Total Downloads

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.

Support us


We invest a lot of resources into creating best in class open source packages. You can support us by buying one of our paid products.

We highly appreciate you sending us a postcard from your hometown, mentioning which of our package(s) you are using. You'll find our address on our contact page. We publish all received postcards on our virtual postcard wall.


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'


composer test


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


Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.

Security Vulnerabilities

Please review our security policy on how to report security vulnerabilities.


And a special thanks to Caneco for the logo ✨

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.