Laravel 5.8.3 Released


March 6th, 2019

The Laravel team released Laravel 5.8.3 yesterday adding a countBy() collection method and a few protected methods to Laravel framework classes.

First, the Collection::countBy method which counts the number of items in a collection by a predicate. By default, the method counts each appearance of a given value:

collect([ 1, 2, 2, 2, 3 ])->countBy();
// == collect([ 1 => 1, 2 => 3, 3 => 1 ])

The countBy method also accepts a predicate argument:

])->countBy(function ($email) {
    return substr(strrchr($email, "@"), 1);

// == collect([ '' => 2, '' => 1 ])

Next, the EloquentUserProvider user provider class has a new protected modelQuery method. The PR author’s use-case is extending the eloquent-based user provider without implementing the UserProvider interface. For example:


namespace App\Extensions;

use Illuminate\Auth\EloquentUserProvider;

class MyEloquentAdminProvider extends EloquentUserProvider
    protected function modelQuery($model = null)
        return parent::modelQuery($model)->where('role', 'admin');

Next, a protected saveSession method was added to the StartSession middleware, allowing applications to extend the middleware saving logic without overriding the entire handle() method.

The saveSession() method also accepts a $request parameter in case you override this method and need access to the request.

The last addition in this release is allowing Model::belongsToMany to accept a non-hardcoded pivot table name using a Model/Pivot class name as a second parameter:

return $this->belongsToMany(Profile::class, CustomerProfile::class);

You can see the full list of fixes below, and the whole diff between 5.8.2 and 5.8.3 on GitHub. The full release notes for Laravel 5.7 are available in the GitHub 5.8 changelog:



  • Added Collection::countBy (#27770)
  • Added protected EloquentUserProvider::newModelQuery() (#27734, 9bb7685)
  • Added protected StartSession::saveSession() method (#27771, 76c7126)
  • Allow belongsToMany to take Model/Pivot class name as a second parameter (#27774)


  • Fixed environment variable parsing (#27706)
  • Fixed guessed policy names when using Gate::forUser (#27708)
  • Fixed via as string in the Notification (#27710)
  • Fixed StartSession middleware (499e4fe)
  • Fixed stack channel’s bug related to the level (#27726, bc884bb)
  • Fixed email validation for not string values (#27735)


  • Check if MessageBag is empty before checking keys exist in the MessageBag (#27719)

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Paul Redmond

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