Laravel package to work with geospatial data types and functions.

v1.5.0 2023-02-16 07:47 UTC


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This is a Laravel package to work with geospatial data types and functions.

It supports only MySQL Spatial Data Types and Functions, other RDBMS is on the roadmap.

Supported data types:

  • Point

Available Scopes:

  • withinDistanceTo($column, $coordinates, $distance)
  • selectDistanceTo($column, $coordinates)
  • orderByDistanceTo($column, $coordinates, 'asc')


You can install the package via composer:

composer require tarfin-labs/laravel-spatial


Generate a new model with a migration file:

php artisan make:model Address --migration

1- Migrations:

To add a spatial data field, you need to extend the migration from TarfinLabs\LaravelSpatial\Migrations\SpatialMigration.

It is a simple abstract class that adds point spatial data type to Doctrine mapped types in the constructor.

use TarfinLabs\LaravelSpatial\Migrations\SpatialMigration;
use Illuminate\Database\Schema\Blueprint;
use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Schema;

return new class extends SpatialMigration {
    public function up(): void
        Schema::create('addresses', function (Blueprint $table) {


The migration above creates an addresses table with a location spatial column.

Spatial columns with no SRID attribute are not SRID-restricted and accept values with any SRID. However, the optimizer cannot use SPATIAL indexes on them until the column definition is modified to include an SRID attribute, which may require that the column contents first be modified so that all values have the same SRID.

So you should give an SRID attribute to use spatial indexes in the migrations and indexed columns must be NOT NULL:

Schema::create('addresses', function (Blueprint $table) {
    $table->point(column: 'location', srid: 4326);

2- Models:

Fill the $fillable, $casts arrays in the model:

use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;
use TarfinLabs\LaravelSpatial\Casts\LocationCast;
use TarfinLabs\LaravelSpatial\Traits\HasSpatial;

class Address extends Model {

    use HasSpatial;

    protected $fillable = [
    protected array $casts = [
        'location' => LocationCast::class


3- Spatial Data Types:


Point represents the coordinates of a location and contains latitude, longitude, and srid properties.

At this point, it is crucial to understand what SRID is. Each spatial instance has a spatial reference identifier (SRID). The SRID corresponds to a spatial reference system based on the specific ellipsoid used for either flat-earth mapping or round-earth mapping. A spatial column can contain objects with different SRIDs.

For details about SRID you can follow the link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spatial_reference_system

  • Default value of latitude, longitude parameters is 0.0.
  • Default value of srid parameter is 0.
use TarfinLabs\LaravelSpatial\Types\Point;

$location = new Point(lat: 28.123456, lng: 39.123456, srid: 4326);

$location->getLat(); // 28.123456
$location->getLng(); // 39.123456
$location->getSrid(); // 4326

You can override the default SRID via the laravel-spatial config file. To do that, you should publish the config file using vendor:publish artisan command:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="TarfinLabs\LaravelSpatial\LaravelSpatialServiceProvider"

After that, you can change the value of default_srid in config/laravel-spatial.php

return [
    'default_srid' => 4326,

4- Scopes:


You can use the withinDistanceTo() scope to filter locations by given distance:

To filter addresses within the range of 10 km from the given coordinate:

use TarfinLabs\LaravelSpatial\Types\Point;
use App\Models\Address;

       ->withinDistanceTo('location', new Point(lat: 25.45634, lng: 35.54331), 10000)


You can get the distance between two points by using selectDistanceTo() scope. The distance will be in meters:

use TarfinLabs\LaravelSpatial\Types\Point;
use App\Models\Address;

       ->selectDistanceTo('location', new Point(lat: 25.45634, lng: 35.54331))


You can order your models by distance to given coordinates:

use TarfinLabs\LaravelSpatial\Types\Point;
use App\Models\Address;

// ASC
       ->orderByDistanceTo('location', new Point(lat: 25.45634, lng: 35.54331))

       ->orderByDistanceTo('location', new Point(lat: 25.45634, lng: 35.54331), 'desc')

Get latitude and longitude of the location:

use App\Models\Address;

$address = Address::find(1);
$address->location; // TarfinLabs\LaravelSpatial\Types\Point


Create a new address with location:

use App\Models\Address;

    'name'      => 'Bag End',
    'address'   => '1 Bagshot Row, Hobbiton, Shire',
    'location'  => new Point(lat: 25.45634, lng: 35.54331),

Usage in Resource:

To get an array representation of a location-casted field from a resource, you can return parent::toArray($request).

If you need to return a custom array from a resource, you can use the toArray() method of the Point object.

class LocationResource extends JsonResource
    public function toArray($request)
        return [
            'location' => $this->location->toArray(),

Either way, you will get the following output for the location casted field:

    "lat": 25.45634,
    "lng": 35.54331,
    "srid": 4326


composer test

Road Map

  • MultiPoint
  • LineString
  • MultiLineString
  • Polygon
  • MultiPolygon
  • GeometryCollection


Please see CHANGELOG for more information what has changed recently.


Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.


If you discover any security related issues, please email development@tarfin.com instead of using the issue tracker.



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