Laravel 8.29 Released


February 24th, 2021


The Laravel team released 8.29 yesterday with a "setUpTestDatabase()" callback in parallel testing, support for closures in factory sequences, a collect() method on the HTTP client response and the latest changes in the 8.x branch:

Set Up Test Database Support to Parallel Testing

Nuno Maduro contributed a setUpTestDatabase method to support parallel testing. Nuno explains the reason for adding this in his pull request description for this feature:

Since we have added Parallel Testing to Laravel, some people have reported that there is no easy way to seed test databases. With this pull request, people can seed their test databases like so:

namespace App\Providers;

use Illuminate\Support\Facades\ParallelTesting;
use Illuminate\Support\ServiceProvider;

class AppServiceProvider extends ServiceProvider
     * Bootstrap any application services.
     * @return void
    public function boot()
        ParallelTesting::setUpTestDatabase(function () {

You can find the documentation for this under Parallel Testing Hooks in the testing documentation.

Closures in Database Factory Sequences

Taylor Otwell contributed closure support in factory sequences. The closure will be invoked each time the sequence needs a new value. Here's an example from the official documentation:

$users = User::factory()
    ->state(new Sequence(
        fn() => ['role' => UserRoles::all()->random()],

Added Collect Method to the HTTP Client Response

Luke Downing contributed a collect() method on the HTTP client response, which retrieves HTTP JSON responses as a collection:

// Returns a collection

// collect is syntatic sugar for the following

Release Notes

You can see the full list of new features and updates below and the diff between 8.28.0 and 8.29.0 on GitHub. The following release notes are directly from the changelog:



  • Support username parameter for predis (#36299)
  • Adds "setUpTestDatabase" support to Parallel Testing (#36301)
  • Added support closures in sequences (3c66f6c)
  • Added gate evaluation event (0c6f5f7)
  • Added a collect method to the HTTP Client response (#36331)
  • Allow Blade's service injection to inject services typed using class name resolution (#36356)


  • Fixed: Using withoutMiddleware() and a closure-based middleware on PHP8 throws an exception (#36293)
  • Fixed: The label for page number in pagination links should always be a string (#36292)
  • Clean up custom Queue payload between tests (#36295)
  • Fixed flushDb (cache:clear) for redis clusters (#36281)
  • Fixed retry command for encrypted jobs (#36334, 2fb5e44)
  • Make sure trait_uses_recursive returns an array (#36335)


  • Make use of specified ownerKey in MorphTo::associate() (#36303)
  • Update pusher deps and update broadcasting (3404185)

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