A paginator that plays nice with the JSON API spec

1.11.1 2022-01-11 14:18 UTC

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In a vanilla Laravel application the query builder paginators will listen to page request parameter. This works great, but it does not follow the example solution of the json:api spec. That example expects the query builder paginator to listen to the page[number] and page[size] request parameters.

This package adds a jsonPaginate method to the Eloquent query builder that listens to those parameters and adds the pagination links the spec requires.

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You can install the package via composer:

composer require spatie/laravel-json-api-paginate

In Laravel 5.5 and above the service provider will automatically get registered. In older versions of the framework just add the service provider in config/app.php file:

'providers' => [

Optionally you can publish the config file with:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Spatie\JsonApiPaginate\JsonApiPaginateServiceProvider" --tag="config"

This is the content of the file that will be published in config/json-api-paginate.php


return [

     * The maximum number of results that will be returned
     * when using the JSON API paginator.
    'max_results' => 30,

     * The default number of results that will be returned
     * when using the JSON API paginator.
    'default_size' => 30,

     * The key of the page[x] query string parameter for page number.
    'number_parameter' => 'number',

     * The key of the page[x] query string parameter for page size.
    'size_parameter' => 'size',

     * The name of the macro that is added to the Eloquent query builder.
    'method_name' => 'jsonPaginate',

     * If you only need to display Next and Previous links, you may use
     * simple pagination to perform a more efficient query.
    'use_simple_pagination' => false,

     * Here you can override the base url to be used in the link items.
    'base_url' => null,

     * The name of the query parameter used for pagination
    'pagination_parameter' => 'page',


To paginate the results according to the json API spec, simply call the jsonPaginate method.


Of course you may still use all the builder methods you know and love:

YourModel::where('my_field', 'myValue')->jsonPaginate();

By default the maximum page size is set to 30. You can change this number in the config file or just pass the value to jsonPaginate.

$maxResults = 60;



Please see CHANGELOG for more information what has changed recently.


composer test


Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.


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


The base code of this page was published on this Laracasts forum thread by Joram van den Boezem


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