Simple user settings facade for Laravel 5.

2.1.3 2018-08-08 06:22 UTC

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Last update: 2022-06-28 18:09:44 UTC


Simple user settings facade for Laravel 5. Settings are stored as JSON in a single database column, so you can easily add it to an existing table (users for example).

Still using Laravel 4? Make sure to use version 1.x instead (composer require grimthorr/laravel-user-settings ~1.0).


  1. Run composer require grimthorr/laravel-user-settings to include this in your project.
  2. Add 'Grimthorr\LaravelUserSettings\ServiceProvider' to providers in config/app.php.
'providers' => array(
  // ...
  1. Add 'Setting' => 'Grimthorr\LaravelUserSettings\Facade' to aliases in config/app.php.
'aliases' => array(
  // ...
  'Setting' => 'Grimthorr\LaravelUserSettings\Facade',
  1. Run php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Grimthorr\LaravelUserSettings\ServiceProvider" --tag="config" to publish the config file.
  2. Modify the published configuration file located at config/laravel-user-settings.php to your liking.
  3. Create a varchar (string) column in a table on your database to match the config file in step 5. Alternatively, use the Laravel migration included in this package to automatically create a settings column in the users table: php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Grimthorr\LaravelUserSettings\ServiceProvider" --tag="migrations" && php artisan migrate.


Pop open config/laravel-user-settings.php to adjust package configuration. If this file doesn't exist, run php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Grimthorr\LaravelUserSettings\ServiceProvider" --tag="config" to create the default configuration file.

return array(
  'table' => 'users',
  'column' => 'settings',
  'constraint_key' => 'id',
  'default_constraint_value' => null,
  'custom_constraint' => null,


Specify the table on your database that you want to use.


Specify the column in the above table that you want to store the settings JSON data in.

Constraint key

Specify the index column used for the constraint - this is used to differentiate between different users, objects or models (normally id).

Default constraint value

Specify the default constraint value - by default this will be the current user's ID, and will be superseded by specifying a $constraint_value on any function call.

Custom constraint

Specify a where clause for each query - set this if you do not want to access different rows (for example if your app is single-user only).


Use the Setting facade (Setting::) or the helper function (setting()->) to access the methods in this package. The $constraint_value parameter is optional on all functions; if this is not passed, the default_constraint_value from the config file will be used.


Setting::set('key', 'value', $constraint_value);
setting()->set('key', 'value', $constraint_value);

Use set to change the value of a setting. If the setting does not exist, it will be created automatically. You can set multiple keys at once by passing an associative (key=>value) array to the first parameter.


Setting::get('key', 'default', $constraint_value);
setting()->get('key', 'default', $constraint_value);
setting('key', 'default', $constraint_value);

Use get to retrieve the value of a setting. The second parameter is optional and can be used to specify a default value if the setting does not exist (the default default value is null).


Setting::forget('key', $constraint_value);
setting()->forget('key', $constraint_value);

Unset or delete a setting by calling forget.


Setting::has('key', $constraint_value);
setting()->has('key', $constraint_value);

Check for the existence of a setting, returned as a boolean.



Retrieve all settings as an associative array (key=>value).



Save all changes back to the database. This will need to be called after making changes; it is not automatic.



Reload settings from the database. This is called automatically if settings have not been loaded before being accessed or mutated.


These examples are using the default configuration.

Using the default constraint value

The following sets and returns the currently logged in user's setting "example".

// Set 'example' setting to 'hello world'
Setting::set('example', 'hello world');

// Save to database

// Get the same setting
return Setting::get('example');

Specify a constraint value

The following sets and returns the setting "example" for the user with id of 23.

// Set 'example' setting to 'hello world'
Setting::set('example', 'hello world', 23);

// Save to database

// Get the same setting
return Setting::get('example', null, 23);



Feel free to create a fork and submit a pull request if you would like to contribute.

Bug reports

Raise an issue on GitHub if you notice something broken.


Based loosely on