A magic memoization function

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This package contains a once function. You can pass a callable to it. Here's quick example:

class MyClass
    public function getNumber()
        return once(function () {
            return rand(1, 10000);

No matter how many times you run (new MyClass())->getNumber() inside the same request you'll always get the same number.

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You can install the package via composer:

composer require spatie/once


The once function accepts a callable.

class MyClass
    public function getNumber()
        return once(function () {
            return rand(1, 10000);

No matter how many times you run (new MyClass())->getNumber() you'll always get the same number.

The once function will only run once per combination of argument values the containing method receives.

class MyClass
     * It also works in static context!
    public static function getNumberForLetter($letter)
        return once(function () use ($letter) {
            return $letter . rand(1, 10000000);

So calling MyClass::getNumberForLetter('A') will always return the same result, but calling MyClass::getNumberForLetter('B') will return something else.

Flushing the cache

To flush the entire cache you can call:


Disabling the cache

In your test you probably don't want to cache values. To disable the cache you can call:


You can re-enable the cache with


Behind the curtains

Let's go over the code of the once function to learn how all the magic works.

In short: it will execute the given callable and save the result in the static $values property of Spatie\Once\Cache. When we detect that once has already run before, we're just going to return the value stored inside the $values array instead of executing the callable again.

The first thing it does is calling debug_backtrace. We'll use the output to determine in which function and class once is called and to get access to the object that function is running in. Yeah, we're already in voodoo-land. The output of the debug_backtrace is passed to a new instance of Backtrace. That class is just a simple wrapper so we can work more easily with the backtrace.

$trace = debug_backtrace(

$backtrace = new Backtrace($trace);

$object = $backtrace->getObject();

Next, we calculate a hash of the backtrace. This hash will be unique per function once was called in and the values of the arguments that function receives.

$hash = $backtrace->getHash();

Finally we will check if there's already a value stored for the given hash. If not, then execute the given $callback and store the result in Spatie\Once\Cache. In the other case just return the value from that cache (the $callback isn't executed).

if (! Cache::has($object, $hash)) {
    $result = call_user_func($callback, $backtrace->getArguments());

    Cache::set($object, $hash, $result);

return Cache::get($object, $hash);


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.


Credit for the idea of the once function goes to Taylor Otwell. The code for this package is based upon the code he was kind enough to share with us.


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