Generates Laravel Migrations from an existing database

v1.2.2 2014-07-25 05:39 UTC


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Generate Laravel Migrations from an existing database, including indexes and foreign keys!

Laravel 5 installation

The recommended way to install this is through composer:

composer require --dev --no-update "xethron/migrations-generator:dev-l5"
composer require --dev --no-update "way/generators:dev-feature/laravel-five-stable"
composer config repositories.repo-name git "git@github.com:jamisonvalenta/Laravel-4-Generators.git"
composer update

Edit config/app.php and add this to providers section:



  • Thanks to @jamisonvalenta, you can now generate Migrations in Laravel 5!
  • feature/laravel-five-stable was forked from way/generators 3.0.3 and was made Laravel 5.0 ready. Jeffrey Way has discontinued support for Laravel 5, so the other artisan generate: commands may not have been made 5.0 compatible. Investigate the artisan make: commands for substitutes, contribute to Laravel to extend generation support, or fix it and submit a PR to jamisonvalenta/feature/laravel-five-stable.

Laravel 4 installation

Edit your composer.json file to require xethron/migrations-generator and run composer update

"require-dev": {
    "xethron/migrations-generator": "dev-master"

Next, add the following service providers:


And you're set. To double check if its working, run php artisan, and look for the command migrate:generate


To generate migrations from a database, you need to have your database setup in Laravel's Config.

Run php artisan migrate:generate to create migrations for all the tables, or you can specify the tables you wish to generate using php artisan migrate:generate table1,table2,table3,table4,table5. You can also ignore tables with --ignore="table3,table4,table5"

Laravel Migrations Generator will first generate all the tables, columns and indexes, and afterwards setup all the foreign key constraints. So make sure you include all the tables listed in the foreign keys so that they are present when the foreign keys are created.

You can also specify the connection name if you are not using your default connection with --connection="connection_name"

Run php artisan help migrate:generate for a list of options.

Check out Chung Tran's blog post for a quick step by step introduction: Generate Migrations from an existing database in Laravel 4


Changelog for Laravel Migrations Generator

25 July: v1.2.2

  • Support for Laravel 4.2
  • Support for named foreign keys
  • Fix error with --ignore option

29 May: v1.2.1

  • Fixed problem with char fields showing up as varchar
  • Allow decimal, float, and double to be unsigned
  • Allow cascading on foreign key update/delete

16 May: v1.2.0

  • Now fully supports for enum fields
  • Add support for bit fields as Boolean (Laravel Migration Limitation)

10 May: v1.1.1

  • Fix crash when migrating tables that use enum
  • Added Tests
  • Major refactoring of the code

24 March: v1.1.0

  • Ability to add entries into the Migrations Table, so that they won't be run as they already exist.
  • Convert Blobs to Binary fields
  • Minor Code Changes

Thank You

Thanks to Jeffrey Way for his amazing Laravel-4-Generators package. This package depends greatly on his work.


Bernhard Breytenbach (@BBreyten)


The Laravel Migrations Generator is open-sourced software licensed under the MIT license