Fulltext indexing and searching for Laravel

0.23.0 2024-03-27 11:00 UTC


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This package creates a MySQL fulltext index for models and enables you to search through those.


  1. Install with composer composer require swisnl/laravel-fulltext
  2. Publish migrations and config php artisan vendor:publish --tag=laravel-fulltext
  3. Migrate the database php artisan migrate


The package uses a model observer to update the index when models change. If you want to run a full index you can use the console commands.


Add the Indexable trait to the model you want to have indexed and define the columns you'd like to index as title and content.


class Country extends Model

    use \Swis\Laravel\Fulltext\Indexable;

    protected $indexContentColumns = ['biographies.name', 'political_situation', 'elections'];
    protected $indexTitleColumns = ['name', 'governmental_type'];


You can use a dot notation to query relationships for the model, like biographies.name.


You can search using the Search class.

$search = new \Swis\Laravel\Fulltext\Search();

This will return a Collection of \Swis\Laravel\Fulltext\IndexedRecord which contain the models in the Polymorphic relation indexable.

If you only want to search a certain model you can use $search->runForClass('europe', Country::class);. This will only return results from that model.

Artisan Commands


Index all models for a certain class.

php artisan laravel-fulltext:all \\App\\Models\\Country


Index a single model of a certain class.

php artisan laravel-fulltext:one \\App\\Models\\Country 4



Choose the database connection to use, defaults to the default database connection. When you are NOT using the default database connection, this MUST be set before running the migration to work correctly.

weight.title weight.content

Results on title or content are weighted in the results. Search result score is multiplied by the weight in this config.


Enable wildcard after words. So when searching for example car it will also match carbon.


This feature excludes some rows from being returned. Enable this when you have a flag in your model which determines whether this record must be returned in search queries or not. By default this feature is disabled.


The column name for that property (which acts as a flag). This must match the exact column name at the table.

An example of using this feature

If you have a blog and then added this search functionality to your blog to search through your blog posts. Sometimes you do not want some posts to appear in the search result, for example when a post is not published yet. This feature helps you to do it.

Change log

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


composer test


Please see CONTRIBUTING and CODE_OF_CONDUCT for details.


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



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

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