This package is abandoned and no longer maintained. The author suggests using the rockhopsoft/survloop package instead.

SurvLoop is a Laravel-based engine for designing a database and creating a mobile-friendly user interface to fill it.


Laravel License: GPL v3

Table of Contents


  • PHP Controllers ~ 1.25 MB (on disk)
  • Blade HTML Template Views ~ 1.31 MB
  • Javascript/jQuery within Blade Templates ~ 147 KB
  • CSS within Blade Templates ~ 139 KB
  • SurvLoop-Generated PHP Eloquent Data Table Models ~ 176 KB
  • SurvLoop-Generated PHP Laravel Database Migration & Seeders ~ 274 KB

SurvLoop is a Laravel-based engine for websites dominated by the collection and publication of open data. This is a database design and survey generation system, though it will increasingly be a flexible tool to solve many web-based problems.

It is currently in continued, heavy development, with much happening here in early 2019, almost ready to go live. I plan to provide more documentation in the coming weeks. Thank you for your interest and patience!

This software was originally developed to build the Open Police system. It began as an internal tool to design our database, then prototype survey generation. Then it was adapted to the Laravel framework, and has continued to grow towards a content-management system for data-focused websites.

The upcoming Open Police web app is the best live beta demo of the engine's end results, and feedback on that project and the SurvLoop user experience can be via the end of the submission process:
The resulting database designed using the engine, as well as the branching tree which specifies the user's experience: /db/OP
Among other methods, the resulting data can also be provided as XML included an automatically generated schema, eg.

Other projects running SurvLoop: Cannabis PowerScore (GitHub), and Drug Story (less active).

The installation used for is currently the best example of a bare-bones extenstion of SurvLoop:


Getting Started

Install Laravel Using Composer

Full install instructions also describe how to set up a development environment using VirutalBox, Vargrant, and Laravel's Homestead.

$ composer create-project laravel/laravel survloop "5.8.*"
$ cd survloop

Edit the environment file to connect the default MYSQL database:

$ nano .env

You could do things like install Laravel's out-of-the-box user authentication tools, and push the vendor file copies where they need to be:

$ php artisan make:auth
$ echo "0" | php artisan vendor:publish --tag=laravel-notifications

Install RockHopSoft/SurvLoop

From your Laravel installation's root directory, update composer.json to require and easily reference OpenPolice:

$ nano composer.json
"require": {
    "rockhopsoft/survloop": "^0.2.10",
"autoload": {
    "psr-4": {
        "SurvLoop\\": "vendor/rockhopsoft/survloop/src/",
}, ...

After saving the file, run the update to download OpenPolice, and any missing dependencies.

$ composer update

Add the package to your application service providers in config/app.php.

$ nano config/app.php
'providers' => [
'aliases' => [
    'SurvLoop' => 'RockHopSoft\SurvLoop\SurvLoopFacade',
], ...

Swap out the OpenPolice user model in config/auth.php.

$ nano config/auth.php
'model' => App\Models\User::class,

Update composer, publish the package migrations, etc...

$ echo "0" | php artisan vendor:publish --force
$ cd ~/homestead
$ vagrant up
$ vagrant ssh
$ cd code/survloop
$ php artisan migrate
$ composer dump-autoload
$ php artisan db:seed --class=SurvLoopSeeder
$ php artisan db:seed --class=ZipCodeSeeder
$ php artisan optimize:clear

For now, to apply database design changes to the same installation you are working in, depending on your server, you might also need something like this...

$ chown -R www-data:33 app/Models
$ chown -R www-data:33 database

You might need to re-run some things outside the virtual box too, e.g.

$ exit
$ cd ~/homestead/code/survloop
$ php artisan optimize:clear
$ composer dump-autoload

Initialize SurvLoop Installation

Then browsing to the home page should prompt you to create the first admin user account:


If everything looks janky, then manually load the style sheets, etc:


After logging in as an admin, this link rebuilds many supporting files:



About SurvLoop's Codebase and Database Design

Better documentation is juuust beginning to be created...

Once installed, documentation of this system's database design can be found at http://localhost/dashboard/db/all. This system's survey design can be found at http://localhost/dashboard/surv-1/map?all=1&alt=1 or publicly visible links like those above.


Here's the TODO list for the next release (1.0). It's my first time building on Laravel, or GitHub. So sorry.

  • Correct all issues needed for minimum viable product, and launch Open Police Complaints.
  • Integrate options for MFA using Laravel-compatible package.
  • Upgrade database and graphic design for admin tools, thus far only used by the author. This should include database preparations for multi-lingual support.
  • Code commenting, learning and adopting more community norms.
  • Add decent levels of unit testing. Hopefully improve the organization of objects/classes.
  • Improve import/export work flow for copying/moving installations.
  • Generate all admin tools by SurvLoop itself.
  • Add multi-lingual support on the Node-level (surveys and web pages), for starters, then database design.
  • Finish migrating all raw queries to use Laravel's process.
  • Convert more SurvLoop (older) code to take advantage of more Laravel built-in icapabilities.

Change Logs

Contribution Guidelines

Please help educate me on best practices for sharing code in this community. Please report any issue you find in the issues page.

Reporting a Security Vulnerability

We want to ensure that SurvLoop is a secure HTTP open data platform for everyone. If you've discovered a security vulnerability in the SurvLoop software or, we appreciate your help in disclosing it to us in a responsible manner.

Publicly disclosing a vulnerability can put the entire community at risk. If you've discovered a security concern, please email us at rockhoppers at We'll work with you to make sure that we understand the scope of the issue, and that we fully address your concern. We consider correspondence sent to rockhoppers at our highest priority, and work to address any issues that arise as quickly as possible.

After a security vulnerability has been corrected, a release will be deployed as soon as possible.