A trait to make an Eloquent model hold translations

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Fork: This package was forked from spatie/laravel-translatable in order to make it compatible with PHP 5.6. This excludes the tests code.

A trait to make Eloquent models translatable

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This package contains a trait to make Eloquent models translatable. Translations are stored as json. There is no extra table needed to hold them.

Once the trait is installed on the model you can do these things:

$newsItem = new NewsItem; // This is an Eloquent model
   ->setTranslation('name', 'en', 'Name in English')
   ->setTranslation('name', 'nl', 'Naam in het Nederlands')
$newsItem->name; // Returns 'Name in English' given that the current app locale is 'en'
$newsItem->getTranslation('name', 'nl'); // returns 'Naam in het Nederlands'


$newsItem->name; // Returns 'Naam in het Nederlands'


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You can install the package via composer:

composer require spatie/laravel-translatable

Next up, the service provider must be registered:

// config/app.php
'providers' => [


If you want to change add fallback_locale, you must publish the config file:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Spatie\Translatable\TranslatableServiceProvider"

This is the contents of the published file:

return [
  'fallback_locale' => 'en',

Making a model translatable

The required steps to make a model translatable are:

  • First you need to add the Spatie\Translatable\HasTranslations-trait.
  • Next you should create a public property $translatable which holds an array with all the names of attributes you wish to make translatable.
  • Finally you should make sure that all translatable attributes are set to the text-datatype in your database. If your database supports json-columns, use that.

Here's an example of a prepared model:

use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;
use Spatie\Translatable\HasTranslations;

class NewsItem extends Model
    use HasTranslations;
    public $translatable = ['name'];

Available methods

Getting a translation

The easiest way to get a translation for the current locale is to just get the property for the translated attribute. For example (given that name is a translatable attribute):


You can also use this method:

public function getTranslation(string $attributeName, string $locale) : string

This function has an alias named translate.

Setting a translation

public function setTranslation(string $attributeName, string $locale, string $value)

To actually save the translation, don't forget to save your model.

$newsItem->setTranslation('name', 'en', 'Updated name in English');


Forgetting a translation

public function forgetTranslation(string $attributeName, string $locale)

Getting all translations in one go

public function getTranslations(string $attributeName) : array

Setting translations in one go

public function setTranslations(string $attributeName, array $translations)

Here's an example:

$translations = [
   'en' => 'Name in English',
   'nl' => 'Naam in het Nederlands'

$newsItem->setTranslations('name', $translations);



Right after calling setTranslation the Spatie\Translatable\Events\TranslationHasBeenSet-event will be fired.

It has these properties:

/** @var \Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model */
public $model;

/** @var string  */
public $attributeName;

/** @var string  */
public $locale;

public $oldValue;
public $newValue;

Creating models

You can immediately set translations when creating a model. Here's an example:

   'name' => [
      'en' => 'Name in English'
      'nl' => 'Naam in het Nederlands'

Querying translatable attributes

If you're using MySQL 5.7 or above, it's recommended that you use the json data type for housing translations in the db. This will allow you to query these columns like this:

NewsItem::whereRaw('name->"$.en" = \'Name in English\'')->get();

In laravel 5.2.23 and above you can use the fluent syntax:

NewsItem::where('name->en', 'Name in English')->get();


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.


We got the idea to store translations as json in a column from Mohamed Said. Parts of the readme of his multiligual package were used in this readme.

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