An opinionated implementation of Cartalyst's Sentinel for Laravel 5

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This package provides an opinionated implementation of Cartalyst Sentinel for Laravel.

If you are using an older version of Laravel, there are other versions available.


Install the Package Via Composer:

$ composer require srlabs/centaur

Add the Service Provider to your config/app.php file:

'providers' => array(

This package will not make use of automatic package discovery - you will need to register it manually. This is intentional.

Usage in New Applications

If you are starting a new Laravel 5.* application, this package provides a convenient way to get up and running with Cartalyst\Sentinel very quickly. Start by removing the default auth scaffolding that ships with a new Laravel 5.1 application:

$ php artisan centaur:spruce

Next, use Centaur's scaffolding command to create basic Auth Controllers and Views in your application:

$ php artisan centaur:scaffold

Publish the Cartalyst\Sentinel assets:

$ php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Cartalyst\Sentinel\Laravel\SentinelServiceProvider"

Run your database migrations:

$ php artisan migrate

Run the Database Seeder. You may need to re-generate the autoloader before this will work:

$ composer dump-autoload
$ php artisan db:seed --class="SentinelDatabaseSeeder"

You will also need to add these routes to your routes.php file:

// Authorization
Route::get('login', 'Auth\SessionController@getLogin')->name('auth.login.form');
Route::post('login', 'Auth\SessionController@postLogin')->name('auth.login.attempt');
Route::any('logout', 'Auth\SessionController@getLogout')->name('auth.logout');

// Registration
Route::get('register', 'Auth\RegistrationController@getRegister')->name('auth.register.form');
Route::post('register', 'Auth\RegistrationController@postRegister')->name('auth.register.attempt');

// Activation
Route::get('activate/{code}', 'Auth\RegistrationController@getActivate')->name('auth.activation.attempt');
Route::get('resend', 'Auth\RegistrationController@getResend')->name('auth.activation.request');
Route::post('resend', 'Auth\RegistrationController@postResend')->name('auth.activation.resend');

// Password Reset
Route::get('password/reset/{code}', 'Auth\PasswordController@getReset')->name('auth.password.reset.form');
Route::post('password/reset/{code}', 'Auth\PasswordController@postReset')->name('auth.password.reset.attempt');
Route::get('password/reset', 'Auth\PasswordController@getRequest')->name('auth.password.request.form');
Route::post('password/reset', 'Auth\PasswordController@postRequest')->name('auth.password.request.attempt');

// Users
Route::resource('users', 'UserController');

// Roles
Route::resource('roles', 'RoleController');

// Dashboard
Route::get('dashboard', function () {
    return view('Centaur::dashboard');

This is only meant to be a starting point; you can change them as you see fit. Make sure you read through your new Auth Controllers and understand how they work before you make any changes.

Centaur automatically installs Sentinel and registers the Sentinel, Activations, and Reminders aliases for you. Detailed instructions for using Sentinel can be found here.

If you do decide to make use of Laravel's Route::resource() option, you will need to use Form Method Spoofing to access some of those generated routes.

Usage in Existing Applications

If you already have already built out your auth views and controllers, the best way to make use of this package is to inject the AuthManager into your controllers and use it as a wrapper for Sentinel. Detailed information about the AuthManager methods can be found here.

Using Customized Middleware

It is possible that the behavior of the Middleware that comes with this package might not suit your exact needs. To adjust the middleware, create a copy of the problematic Centaur Middleware class in your app/Http/Middleware directory - this new class can be given any name you would like. You can then adjust the middleware references in your controllers and/or routes file to use the new class, or you can bind the new class to the Centaur Middleware class name in your App service provider, as such:

// app/providers/AppServiceProvider.php
 * Register any application services.
 * @return void
public function register()
    $this->app->bind('Centaur\Middleware\SentinelGuest', function ($app) {
        return new \App\Http\Middleware\AlternativeGuestMiddleware;