Support for many missing PostgreSQL specific features

0.23.0 2022-11-11 09:57 UTC


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Laravel supports many different databases and therefore has to limit itself to the lowest common denominator of all databases. PostgreSQL, however, offers a ton more functionality which is being added to Laravel by this extension.


You can install the package via composer:

composer require tpetry/laravel-postgresql-enhanced



This extension is adding a lot of missing PostgreSQL functionality to Laravel. If you are using PHPStan to statically analyze your code, you may get errors because PHPStan doesn't know of the functionality added to Laravel:

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  36     Call to an undefined method Illuminate\Database\Query\Builder::deleteReturning().  
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To solve this problem a custom set of PHPStan extensions have been developed to get full static analysis support for Laravel 9! You should first install Larastan to get PHPStan support for Laravel and then activate the PostgreSQL PHPStan extension. Just add the following path to your includes list in phpstan.neon, your config should now look like this:

    - ./vendor/nunomaduro/larastan/extension.neon
    - ./vendor/tpetry/laravel-postgresql-enhanced/phpstan-extension.neon


Zero-Downtime Migration

For applications with 24/7 requirements, migrations must never impact availability. PostgreSQL provides many functionalities to execute changes on the schema without downtime. However, sometimes a change to the schema is not tested sufficiently and locks the tables for a longer period of time in order to make the desired change. To avoid this problem, a migration can be marked as zero-downtime migration. If the migration exceeds a specified time limit, it is cancelled and the schema is reset to its original state.

use Illuminate\Database\Migrations\Migration;
use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Schema\Blueprint;
use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Schema\Concerns\ZeroDowntimeMigration;
use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;

class Test123 extends Migration
    use ZeroDowntimeMigration;

     * Run the migrations.
    public function up(): void
        Schema::table('user', function (Blueprint $table) {
            $table->string('name', 128)->change();

     * Reverse the migrations.
    public function down(): void
        Schema::table('user', function (Blueprint $table) {
            $table->string('name', 32)->change();

The timeout for a maximum time limit of 1.0 second can be set separately for each migration. You can set private float $timeout = 5.0 on the migration for a up/down timeout. Or you can set the specific timeouts $timeoutUp and $timeoutDown to differentiate between the methods.


Create Extensions

The Schema facade supports the creation of extensions with the createExtension and createExtensionIfNotExists methods:

use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;


Dropping Extensions

To remove extensions, you may use the dropExtension and dropExtensionIfExists methods provided by the Schema facade:

use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;


You may drop many extensions at once by passing multiple extension names:

use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;

Schema::dropExtension('tablefunc', 'fuzzystrmatch');
Schema::dropExtensionIfExists('tablefunc', 'fuzzystrmatch');


Create Functions

The Schema facade supports the creation of functions with the createFunction and createFunctionOrReplace methods. For the definition of your function you have to provide the name of the function, the parameters, the return type, the function's language and body:

use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;

  name: 'sales_tax',
  parameters: ['subtotal' => 'numeric'],
  return: 'numeric',
  language: 'plpgsql',
  body: '
      RETURN subtotal * 0.06;

A sixth parameter lets you define further options for the function. Please read the manual for the exact meaning, some of them set enable or disable ways for PostgreSQL to optimize the execution.

Option Values Description
calledOnNull bool Defines whether the function should be called for NULL values.
cost integer Defines the cost for executing the function.
leakproof bool Informs whether the function has side effects.
parallel restricted, safe, unsafe Defines whether the function can be executed in parallel.
security definer, invoker Defines that the function will be executed with the privileges of the current user or creator of the function.
volatility immutable, stable, volatile Informs whether the function changes database values.

The former example can be optimized by using the special sql:expression language identifier created by this driver. The function body can only be one SQL expression, but it will be inlined in the query instead of executed with recent PostgreSQL versions for much better performance:

use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;

Schema::createFunction('sales_tax', ['subtotal' => 'numeric'], 'numeric', 'sql:expression', 'subtotal * 0.06', [
  'parallel' => 'safe',
  'volatility' => 'immutable',

If you want your function to return a table, you have to provide the columns as return type:

Schema::createFunction('search_user', ['pattern' => 'text'], ['id' => 'int', 'email' => 'text'], 'plpgsql', "
    RETURN QUERY select user_id, contactemail from users where name ilike '%' || pattern || '%';

Drop Functions

To remove functions, you may use the dropFunction and dropFunctionIfExists methods provided by the Schema facade:

use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;



Create Views

The Schema facade supports the creation of views with the createView and createViewOrReplace methods. The definition of your view can be a sql query string or a query builder instance:

use Illuminate\Support\Facades\DB;
use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;

Schema::createView('users_with_2fa', 'SELECT * FROM users WHERE two_factor_secret IS NOT NULL');
Schema::createViewOrReplace('users_without_2fa', DB::table('users')->whereNull('two_factor_secret'));

If you need to create recursive views the createRecursiveView and createRecursiveViewOrReplace methods can be used like in the former examples but you need to provide the available columns as last parameter:

use Illuminate\Support\Facades\DB;
use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;

// TODO simple example explaining the concept
Schema::createRecursiveView('viewname', 'SELECT id, col1, col2 FROM ....', ['id', 'col1', 'col2']);
Schema::createRecursiveViewOrReplace('viewname', 'SELECT id, col1, col2 FROM ....', ['id', 'col1', 'col2']);

Dropping Views

To remove views, you may use the dropView and dropViewIfExists methods provided by the Schema facade. You don't have to distinguish normala and recursive views:

use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;


You may drop many views at once by passing multiple view names:

use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;

Schema::dropView('myview1', 'myview2');
Schema::dropViewIfExists('myview1', 'myview2');

Materialized Views

With materialized views you can populate a view with the contents of a query's results at the time the query is executed. You can use them to cache expensive queries so they are not re-run all the time.

Materialized views are created (and dropped) the same as normal views. You can either pass in a query builder or raw sql query. A useful method to create materialized views for very slow queries is to create them without any data initially. By passing the withData: false parameter the materialized view is created instantly and no data is stored, you need to refresh it later to contain some data.

use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;

Schema::createMaterializedView('users_with_2fa', 'SELECT * FROM users WHERE two_factor_secret IS NOT NULL');
Schema::createMaterializedView('users_with_2fa', DB::table('users')->whereNull('two_factor_secret'));

Schema::createMaterializedView('very_slow_query_materialized', 'SELECT ...', withData: false);


The stored values of a created materialized view can be refreshed whenever you want to. When passing the concurrently: true parameter the command will finish instantly and PostgreSQL will refresh the values in the background. You can also change the materialized views behaviour to (not) contain any data anymore with the withData: true and withData: false parameter.

use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;

Schema::refreshMaterializedView('users_with_2fa', concurrently: true);
Schema::refreshMaterializedView('users_with_2fa', withData: false);
Schema::refreshMaterializedView('users_with_2fa', withData: true);


Unique Indexes

Laravel provides uniqueness with the $table->unique() method but these are unique constraints instead of unique indexes. If you want to make values unique in the table they will behave identical. However, only for unique indexes advanced options like partial indexes, including further columns or column options are available.

To use these great features and not break compatability with Laravel the method uniqueIndex has been added which can be used identical to unique:

use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Schema\Blueprint;
use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;

Schema::table('users', function(Blueprint $table) {

Drop If Exists

In addition to the Laravel methods to drop indexes, methods to drop indexes if they exist have been added. The methods dropFullTextIfExists, dropIndexIfExists, dropPrimaryIfExists, dropSpatialIndexIfExists and dropSpatialIndexIfExists match the semantics of their laravel originals.

Nulls Not Distinct

NULL values in unique indexes are handled in a non-comprehensible way for most developers. When you e.g. save active subscriptions, you want to limit every user to have only one active subscription by e.g. creating a unique index on (user_id, cancelled_at). But as active subscriptions don't have a cancelled_at timestamp, multiple rows can be entered with the same user_id and a NULL value for cancelled_at because two NULL values are never the same. But with PostgreSQL 15 you can now instruct the database not to allow those duplicate rows by handling NULL values as not distinct:

use Illuminate\Database\Query\Builder;
use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Schema\Blueprint;
use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;

Schema::create('subscriptions', function(Blueprint $table) {

    $table->uniqueIndex(['user_id', 'cancelled_at'])->nullsNotDistinct();

For this example you could also use a unique partial index on user_id with limiting thw rows to cancelled_at IS NOT NULL.

Partial Indexes

A partial index is an index built over a subset of a table; the subset is defined by a condition. The index contains entries only for those table rows that satisfy the condition. Partial indexes are a specialized feature, but there are several situations in which they are useful. Take for example you want to make the email address column of your users table unique and you are using soft-deletes. This is not possible because by deleting a user and creating it again the email address is used twice. With partial indexes this can be done by limiting the index to only untrashed rows:

use Illuminate\Database\Query\Builder;
use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Schema\Blueprint;
use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;

Schema::table('users', function(Blueprint $table) {
    $table->uniqueIndex('email')->where("deleted_at IS NULL");
    // or:
    $table->uniqueIndex('email')->where(fn (Builder $condition) => $condition->whereNull('deleted_at'));

Partial Indexes are created with the where method on an index created by fullText(), index(), spatialIndex() or uniqueIndex().

Include Columns

A really great feature of recent PostgreSQL versions is the ability to include columns in an index as non-key columns. A non-key column is not used for efficient lookups but PostgreSQL can use these columns to do index-only operations which won't need to load the specific columns from the table as they are already included in the index.

use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Schema\Blueprint;
use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;

Schema::table('users', function(Blueprint $table) {
    // The query "SELECT firstname, lastname FROM users WHERE email = ''" can be executed as an index-only scan without loading the table data
    $table->index('email')->include(['firstname', 'lastname']);

Columns are included in an index with the include method on an index created by index(), spatialIndex or uniqueIndex.

Storage Parameters

In some cases you want to specify the storage parameters of an index. If you are using gin indexes you should read the article Debugging random slow writes in PostgreSQL why storage parameters for a gin index are important:

use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Schema\Blueprint;
use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;

Schema::table('bookmarks', function(Blueprint $table) {
    $table->index('data')->algorithm('gin')->with(['fastupdate' => false]);

Storage parameters are defined with the with method on an index created by fullText(), index(), spatialIndex or uniqueIndex.

Functional Indexes / Column Options

Sometimes an index with only column specifications is not sufficient. For maximum performance, the extended index functionalities of PostgreSQL has to be used in some cases.

  • To create functional indexes the function must be bracketed and a separate index name must be specified, since an index name cannot be generated automatically from the expression.
  • Column specific properties like collation, opclass, sorting or positioning of NULL values can easily be specified like in a normal SQL query directly after the column name.
use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Schema\Blueprint;
use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;

Schema::table('users', function(Blueprint $table) {
    $table->unique('(LOWER(email))', 'users_email_unique');
    $table->index(['firstname ASC NULLS FIRST', 'lastname ASC NULLS FIRST'])
    $table->index('attributes jsonb_path_ops')->algorithm('gin');

Fulltext Indexes

Fulltext-search in PostgreSQL is language-dependent: For better results all words are stemmed to their root form. Laravel is using the english language by default, for your application you may have to use a different one. You can also use the generic simple language which is not doing any stemming, but your search term will then have to include the exact string to match the record.

Additionally, you can specify a relative weight for each column of the index to control the ranking. In this example the title column is a more relevant information than the description column, so it's relative weight has been set more important (A precedes B).

For more information on all the options for fulltext-search read this article: Fine Tuning Full Text Search with PostgreSQL 12.

use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Schema\Blueprint;
use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;

Schema::table('book', function (Blueprint $table) {
    $table->fullText(['title', 'description'])
        ->weight(['A', 'B']);

Column Options


PostgreSQL 14 introduced the possibility to specify the compression method for toast-able data types. You can choose between the default method pglz, the recently added lz4 algorithm and the value default to use the server default setting.

// @see

Column Types

Bit Strings

The bit string data types store strings of 0s and 1s. They can be used to e.g. store bitmaps.

// @see
$table->bit(string $column, int $length = 1);
$table->varbit(string $column, ?int $length = null);

Case Insensitive Text

The case insensitive text type is used to store a text that will be compared case insensitive. It can be used to e.g. store and compare e-mail addresses.

// @see
$table->caseInsensitiveText(string $column);

You need to enable the citext extension with Schema::createExtension('citext') or Schema::createExtensionIfNotExists('citext') before.

Full Text Search

The tsvector type is used to store a processed dictionary for full text searching.

// @see
$table->tsvector(string $column);

IP Networks

The ip network datatype stores an ip network in cidr notation.

// @see
$table->ipNetwork(string $column);


The hstore data type is used store key/value pairs within a single PostgreSQL value. The new json data type is better in all aspects, so hstore should only be used for compatibility with old applications.

// @see
$table->hstore(string $column);

You need to enable the hstore extension with Schema::createExtensionIfNotExists('hstore') or Schema::createExtension('hstore') before.


The identity data type is the new PostgreSQL standard for automatic generated values. You can even specify whether the database should be the only one generating them (always = true) preventing accidental overwrites. They are used to define primary keys managed by the database or any other kind of automatically generated identification that needs to be unique.

$table->identity(always: true)->primary();

International Product Numbers

The international product number data types are used to store common product numbers types and validate them before saving.

// @see
$table->europeanArticleNumber13(string $column);
$table->internationalStandardBookNumber(string $column);
$table->internationalStandardBookNumber13(string $column);
$table->internationalStandardMusicNumber(string $column);
$table->internationalStandardMusicNumber13(string $column);
$table->internationalStandardSerialNumber(string $column);
$table->internationalStandardSerialNumber13(string $column);
$table->universalProductNumber(string $column);

Note You need to enable the isn extension with Schema::createExtensionIfNotExists('isn') or Schema::createExtension('isn') before.

Label Tree

The ltree data type stores a label as its position in a tree. This provides an easy way to manage a tree without performance and complexity disadvantages compared to alternative solutions.

// @see
$table->labelTree(string $column);

You need to enable the ltree extension with Schema::createExtensionIfNotExists('ltree') or Schema::createExtension('ltree') before.


The range data types store a range of values with optional start and end values. They can be used e.g. to describe the duration a meeting room is booked.

// @see
$table->bigIntegerRange(string $column);
$table->bigIntegerMultiRange(string $column);
$table->dateRange(string $column);
$table->dateMultiRange(string $column);
$table->decimalRange(string $column);
$table->decimalMultiRange(string $column);
$table->integerRange(string $column);
$table->integerMultiRange(string $column);
$table->timestampRange(string $column);
$table->timestampMultiRange(string $column);
$table->timestampTzRange(string $column);
$table->timestampTzMultiRange(string $column);


The xml data type can be used to store an xml document.

// @see
$table->xml(string $column);



Laravel has the ability to get the database query plan for any query you are building. Just calling explain() on the query will get a collection with the query plan.

This behaviour has been extended to be more PostgreSQL specific. There are multiple (optional) parameters for the explain statement, different for every version. The enhanced PostgreSQL driver will automatically activate all options available for your PostgreSQL version.

DB::table('migrations')->where('batch', 1)->explain()->dd();

// Output:
// array:1 [
//  0 => """
//    Seq Scan on public.migrations  (cost=0.00..11.75 rows=1 width=524)\n
//      Output: id, migration, batch\n
//      Filter: (migrations.batch = 1)\n
//    Settings: search_path = 'public'\n
//    Planning Time: 0.370 ms
//    """

Additionally, you can also get the query plan with executing the query. The query plan will be extended by valuable runtime information like per-operation timing and buffer read/write statistics:

DB::table('migrations')->where('batch', 1)->explain(analyze:true)->dd();

// Output:
// array:1 [
//  0 => """
//    Seq Scan on public.migrations  (cost=0.00..11.75 rows=1 width=524) (actual time=0.014..0.031 rows=1 loops=1)\n
//      Output: id, migration, batch\n
//      Filter: (migrations.batch = 1)\n
//      Buffers: shared hit=1\n
//    Settings: search_path = 'public'\n
//    Planning:\n
//      Buffers: shared hit=61\n
//    Planning Time: 0.282 ms\n
//    Execution Time: 0.100 ms
//    """

Fulltext Search

The PostgreSQL fulltext search implementation supports a lot of knobs to fine tune the search quality of your fulltext-search. In it's most basic form you are specifying the columns to search on and the search term to use:

Book::whereFullText(['title', 'description'], 'PostgreSQL')->get();

But the implementation does provide a lot more functionality hidden in the third optional parameter. For more information on all the options for fulltext-search read this article: Fine Tuning Full Text Search with PostgreSQL 12.


By default the columns and the search term are stemmed to it's root form in the english language to also find results for e.g. singular or plural words. If your application is using a different language you can change it to e.g. spanish or use the simple language which is not doing any stemming.

Book::whereFullText(['title', 'description'], 'PostgreSQL', ['language' => 'spanish'])->get();

Search Mode

You can choose from three different search modes for the fulltext-search which is defaulting to the plainto mode. Depending on your requirements a search term can be handled completely different giving you a large amount of freedom to tune fulltext search for your needs.

  • plainto: All words in the search-term have to exist at least once in the columns.
    Book::whereFullText(['title', 'description'], 'PostgreSQL', ['mode' => 'plain'])->get();
  • phrase: All words in the search-term have to appear in the exact same order in the columns.
    Book::whereFullText(['title', 'description'], 'PostgreSQL database', ['mode' => 'phrase'])->get();
  • websearch: Complex search-term which supports quoting values, the or keyword and - to exclude a word but is missing parentheses.
    Book::whereFullText(['title', 'description'], '"PostgreSQL database" -MySQL', ['mode' => 'websearch'])->get();


When you want to rank your fulltext-search results you need a way declare some columns more relevant than others. With the weight option you set a relevance for every search column starting with an A and ending with a Z. If you want to you can use the same relative weight multiple times to make some columns equal important.

Book::whereFullText(['title', 'description'], '"PostgreSQL', ['weight' => ['A', 'B']])->get();

Lateral Subquery Joins

PostgreSQL does support the advanced lateral subquery joins. The simplest explanation is that you can access tables and their columns previously selected from, making it a dependent subquery. You will now be able to do joins equivalent to a foreach-loop in php which will offer a whole new set of possibilities.

This is a very advanced construct, you can read more about them in these articles:

They are used exactly like their Laravel counterparts but you are now using crossJoinSubLateral instead of crossJoinSub, joinSubLateral instead of joinSub and leftJoinSubLateral instead of leftJoinSubLateral.

A very common is case to use lateral subqueries in a for-each loop concept to e.g. get only the 3 orders with the highest price for every user:

User::select('', 'orders.*')
        Order::whereColumn('orders.user_id', '')
            ->orderBy('price', 'desc')

Returning Data From Modified Rows

Sometimes it is more useful to get the affected rows data of a INSERT, UPDATE, or DELETE query instead of just the number of affected rows. The PostgreSQL RETURNING feature changes the behaviour of data manipulation statements to SELECT the row's data after the manipulation.

You can use RETURNING when you e.g. want to get a list of users you need to update. Instead of selecting all the users into memory, iterating over them and manipulating each one you can run the manipulation statement directly and get all the affected rows data. A typical example is reporting which old users have been deleted:

use Illuminate\Support\Facades\DB;

$inactiveUsers = DB::table('users')
    ->where('lastlogin_at', '<', now()->subYear())
foreach ($inactiveUsers as $inactiveUser) {
dump('deleted Users', $inactiveUsers);

// do this instead:

$inactiveUsers = DB::table('users')
    ->where('lastlogin_at', '<', now()->subYear())
dump('deleted Users', $inactiveUsers);

The following modification queries have been added (analog to their Laravel implementation) which are returning the affected rows data instead of just the number of affected rows:

  • deleteReturning
  • insertOrIgnoreReturning
  • insertReturning
  • insertUsingReturning
  • updateFromReturning
  • updateOrInsertReturning
  • updateReturning
  • upsertReturning

Common Table Expressions (CTE)

You can use Common Table Expressions or CTEs for all select, insert, update and delete methods to write auxiliary statements for use in a larger query. The withExpression method needs to be passed an alias for the CTE, a query string or object and an optional array of options for more control on the CTE.

$query->withExpression($as, $query, $options = []);

$lastLoginQuery = Login::query()
    ->selectRaw('user_id, MAX(created_at) AS last_login_at')
    ->withExpression('users_lastlogin', $lastLoginQuery)
    ->join('users_lastlogin', 'users_lastlogin.user_id', '')
    ->where('users_lastlogin.created_at', '>=', now()->subHour());

In addition to the basic form of a Common Table Expression these optional settings are available to support all PostgreSQL options:

Option Type Description
materialized bool Whether the CTE should be (not) materialized. This overrides PostgreSQL's automatic materialization decision. (Documentation)
recursive bool Whether to use a recursive CTE. (Documentation)
cycle string Specify the automatic cycle detection settings for recursive queries. (Documentation)
search string Specify the tree search mode setting for recursive queries. (Documentation)

When you are using recursive CTEs always use the cycle option to prevent infinite running queries because of loops in the data.

Lazy By Cursor

If you need to iterate over a large amount rows your memory may most probably not big enough. For these operations Laravel provides the lazy() method which is repeatedly using offset pagination which is getting slower and slower with increasing offsets. Or you can use the more efficient lazyById which is using the primary key to paginate the data which is much more efficient but still needs to execute the same query many times.

In PostgreSQL you can do all of this a lot more efficient by using cursors: The query is executed once and the application can request more rows whenever it wants to so it hasn't to copy everything into memory all at once.

use Illuminate\Support\Facades\DB;

DB::transaction(function() {
    User::lazyByCursor()->each(function (User $user) {

    // Maximum 500 rows should be loaded into memory for every chunk.
    User::lazyByCursor(500)->each(function (User $user) {

    // Lazy loading rows also works for the query builder.
    DB::table('users')->where('active', true)->lazyByCursor()->each(function (object $user) {

Where Clauses


PostgreSQL provides very nifty filtering functions to check a column against multiple values without writing many AND or OR conditions. You can say that at least one of the values needs to match the operator with the' ANY' keyword. While for the ALL keyword, all values have to match.

// instead of:
$query->where('invoice', 'like', 'RV-%')->orWhere('invoice', 'like', 'RZ-%');
$query->where('json', '??', 'key1')->where('json', '??', 'key2');

// you can do:
$query->whereAny('invoice', 'like', ['RV-%', 'RZ-%']);
$query->whereAll('json', '??', ['key1', 'key2']);
$query->whereAll($column, string $operator, iterable $values);
$query->whereNotAll($column, string $operator, iterable $values);
$query->orWhereAll($column, string $operator, iterable $values);
$query->orWhereNotAll($column, string $operator, iterable $values)
$query->whereAny($column, string $operator, iterable $values);
$query->whereNotAny($column, string $operator, iterable $values);
$query->orWhereAny($column, string $operator, iterable $values);
$query->orWhereNotAny($column, string $operator, iterable $values)


As Laravel always casts boolean values to integers you will get a PostgreSQL errors like operator does not exist: boolean = integer sometimes. In most cases PostgreSQL is intelligent enough to cast the value but when e.g. creating partial indexes you will get the error. To resolve that problem you can use the special whereBoolean functions that do not cast a boolean to 0 or 1.

$query->whereBoolean($column, bool $value);
$query->whereNotBoolean($column, bool $value);
$query->orWhereBoolean($column, bool $value);
$query->orWhereNotBoolean($column, bool $value);


With the whereLike scope you can compare a column to a (case-insensitive) value.

$query->whereLike($column, $value, $caseInsensitive = false);
$query->orWhereLike($column, $value, $caseInsensitive = false);

Between Symmetric

Laravel already provides a whereBetween clause, but you have to provide the values in sorted order that the smaller value is the first and the bigger one the second array item ([4, 80]). With PostgreSQL's BETWEEN SYMMETRIC keyword you don't have to do this anymore, it will automatically reorder the values.

You can now use e.g. min/max values with the following code without having to reorder these values if the meaning has been swapped by the user when entering them:

$min = $request->integer('min');
$min = $request->integer('max');

// before:
$query->whereBetween('price', [min($min, $max), max($min, $max)]);

// now:
$query->whereBetweenSymmetric('price', [$min, $max]);
$query->whereBetweenSymmetric($column, iterable $values);
$query->whereNotBetweenSymmetric($column, iterable $values);
$query->orWhereBetweenSymmetric($column, iterable $values);
$query->orWhereNotBetweenSymmetric($column, iterable $values);


Refresh Data on Save

When you are using Laravel's storedAs($expression) feature in migrations to have dynamically computed columns in your database or triggers to update these columns, eloquent's behaviour is not doing exactly what you are expecting. After you saved the model these computed properties are not available in your model, you need to refresh it because Laravel is only updating the primary key.

use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Schema\Blueprint;
use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Support\Facades\Schema;

Schema::create('example', function (Blueprint $table) {

$example = Example::create(['text' => 'test']);
dump($example); // ['id' => 1, 'text' => 'test']

dump($example); // ['id' => 1, 'text' => 'test', 'text_uppercase' => 'TEST']

$example->fill(['text' => 'test2'])->save();
dump($example); // ['id' => 1, 'text' => 'test2']

dump($example); // ['id' => 1, 'text' => 'test', 'text_uppercase' => 'TEST2']

By using the new RefreshDataOnSave trait the new RETURNING statements are used for saving models. Whenever Laravel saves a model any changes in the rows are automatically reflected in your model:

use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;
use Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Eloquent\Concerns\RefreshDataOnSave;

class Example extends Model
    use RefreshDataOnSave;

    // ...

$example = Example::create(['text' => 'test']);
dump($example); // ['id' => 1, 'text' => 'test', 'text_uppercase' => 'TEST']

$example->fill(['text' => 'test2'])->save();
dump($example); // ['id' => 1, 'text' => 'test2', 'text_uppercase' => 'TES2T']

Breaking Changes

  • 0.10.0 -> 0.11.0
    • The ZeroDowntimeMigration concern namespace moved from Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Concerns to Tpetry\PostgresqlEnhanced\Schema\Concerns.
  • 0.12.0 -> 0.12.1
    • The return type of all returning statements was changed from array to Collection to replicate the Query\Builder::get() method signature.


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