Add Social Reactions to Model with Laravel Love


August 12th, 2019

Add Social Reactions to Model with Laravel Love

We covered Laravel Love on Laravel News about a year ago, and a lot has changed—Laravel Love has been reimagined and now has more advanced features that we thought it worth looking at the package again:

Laravel Love is an emotional part of the application. It let people express how they feel about the content. Make any model reactable in minutes!

There are many different implementations of ways to react to content in modern applications:

  • Github Reactions
  • Facebook Reactions
  • YouTube Likes
  • Slack Reactions
  • Reddit Votes
  • Medium Claps
  • Disqus Reactions

This package has all of the above use-cases in mind, and since v7 now includes a weighted reaction system as well.

The main focus of the updated package is around two models: the Reacterable model and the Reactable model. The Reacterable model is a model which can act as a Reacter, such as a User, Person, or Organization. The Reactable model is a model that can act as a Reactant such as a Comment, Post, or User.

Here’s an example from the documentation of how a Reacterable model might look:

namespace App;
use Cog\Contracts\Love\Reacterable\Models\Reacterable as ReacterableContract;
use Cog\Laravel\Love\Reacterable\Models\Traits\Reacterable;
use Illuminate\Foundation\Auth\User as Authenticatable;
class User extends Authenticatable implements ReacterableContract
use Reacterable;

And here’s a code example of actually reacting to a model:

$reacterFacade = $user->viaLoveReacter();
$reacterFacade->reactTo($comment, 'Like');
// Example using weight
$reacter->reactTo($reactant, 'Like', 4.0);
// Remove reaction
$reacterFacade->unreactTo($comment, 'Like');
// Has the model reacted?
// Get reactions
$reactions = $reacterFacade->getReactions();

Laravel Love v8 features extensive documentation that you can see at You can view the source code on GitHub at cybercog/laravel-love.

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Paul Redmond

Full stack web developer. Author of Lumen Programming Guide and Docker for PHP Developers.