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 ~ 1.2 MB (on disk)
  • Blade HTML Template Views ~ 572 KB
  • Javascript/jQuery within Blade Templates ~ 131 KB
  • CSS within Blade Templates ~ 131 KB
  • SurvLoop-Generated PHP Eloquent Data Table Models ~ 172 KB
  • SurvLoop-Generated PHP Laravel Database Migration & Seeders ~ 229 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

Installing SurvLoop with Laradock

First, install Docker on Mac, Windows, or an online server. Then grab a copy of Laravel (last tested with v5.8.3)...

$ git clone opc
$ cd opc

Next, install and boot up Laradock (last tested with v7.14).

$ git submodule add
$ cd laradock
$ cp env-example .env
$ docker-compose up -d nginx mysql phpmyadmin redis workspace

After Docker finishes booting up your containers, enter the mysql container with the root password, "root". This seems to fix things for the latest version of MYSQL.

$ docker-compose exec mysql bash
# mysql --user=root --password=root default
mysql> ALTER USER 'default'@'%' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password BY 'secret';
mysql> exit;
$ exit

At this point, you can optionally browse to http://localhost:8080 for PhpMyAdmin.

Server: mysql
Username: default
Password: secret

Finally, enter Laradock's workspace container to download and run the SurvLoop installation script.

$ docker-compose exec workspace bash
# git clone
# chmod +x ./docker-survloop/bin/*.sh
# ./docker-survloop/bin/

And if all has gone well, you'll be asked to create a master admin user account when you browse to http://localhost/. If it loads, but looks janky (without CSS), reload the page once... and hopefully it looks like a fresh install.

Installing SurvLoop without Laradock

The instructions below include the needed steps to install Laravel and SurvLoop. For more on creating environments to host Laravel, you can find more instructions on

Use SurvLoop Install Script

If you've got PHP running, and Composer installed, you can just run this install script...

$ git clone
$ chmod +x ./docker-survloop/bin/*.sh
$ ./docker-survloop/bin/ ProjectFolderName
  • Load in the browser to create super admin account and get started.

Copy & Paste Install Commands

  • Use Composer to install Laravel with default user authentication, one required package:
$ composer global require "laravel/installer"
$ composer create-project laravel/laravel SurvLoop "5.8.*"
$ cd SurvLoop
$ php artisan key:generate
$ php artisan make:auth
$ composer require wikiworldorder/survloop
$ sed -i 's/App\\User::class/App\\Models\\User::class/g' config/auth.php
  • Update composer, publish the package migrations, etc...
$ echo "0" | php artisan vendor:publish --force
$ php artisan migrate
$ composer dump-autoload
$ php artisan db:seed --class=SurvLoopSeeder
$ php artisan db:seed --class=ZipCodeSeeder
  • 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 database
  • Load in the browser to create super admin account and get started.


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 wikiworldorder 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 wikiworldorder 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.