Laravel 8.70 Released


November 10th, 2021


The Laravel team released 8.70 with a route definition can() method, a Js class for JavaScript encoding, a flag to generate a form request class alongside models and controllers, and the latest changes in the v8.x branch:

Allow "can" Middleware Chaining in the Route Definition

Taylor Otwell contributed a can() method for route definitions as a convenience. The authorization via middleware documentation has an example of using this method:

1// Using the middleware method
2Route::put('/post/{post}', function (Post $post) {
3 // The current user may update the post...
6// Using the new can() method
7Route::put('/post/{post}', function (Post $post) {
8 // The current user may update the post...
9})->can('update', 'post');

Laracasts also has a short video about this feature:

Encoding Data in JavaScript

@TinaH , Chris Morrell, and various others collaborated on a new Js class used to properly escape JSON within HTML quotes, resulting in a JS object using JSON.parse:

2 var app = {{ Illuminate\Support\Js::from($array) }};
5{{-- The latest Laravel application skeleton includes a JS facade --}}
7 var app = {{ Js::from($array) }};

If you want to include this in an existing Laravel 8 project, you can add the following to the config/app.php aliases key after you upgrade to Laravel 8.70:

1// config/app.php
2return [
3 'aliases' => [
4 // ...
5 'Js' => Illuminate\Support\Js::class,
6 ],

Requests Flag for make:controller and make:model

Povilas Korop contributed a new --requests (the shorthand version is -R) flag, which creates a FormRequest class and uses it immediately in the generated controller.

Here's an example command from the pull request:

1php artisan make:controller UserController \
2 --resource \
3 --model=User \
4 --requests

Enforce Implicit Route Model Scoping

Claudio Dekker contributed a scoping feature to tell the framework to scope the second Eloquent model as a child of the previous Eloquent model in the same route, without the need to provide a slug. Taylor Otwell also made some tweaks to the original PR to allow the following syntax:

1use App\Models\Post;
2use App\Models\Comment;
4Route::get('/posts/{post}/comments/{comment}', function (Post $post, Comment $comment) {
5 return $comment;
8// or
9Route::scopeBindings()->group(function () {
10 Route::get('/posts/{post}/comments/{comment}', function (Post $post, Comment $comment) {
11 return $comment;
12 });

Check out Pull Request #39440 for discussion and implementation details. Documentation for this feature is under Routing - Custom Keys and Scoping.

Release Notes

You can see the complete list of new features and updates below and the diff between 8.69.0 and 8.70.0 on GitHub. The following release notes are directly from the changelog:



  • New flag --requests -R to make:controller and make:model Commands (#39120, 8fbfc9f)
  • Allows Stringable objects as middleware. (#39439, #39449)
  • Introduce Js for encoding data to use in JavaScript (#39389, #39460, bbf47d5)
  • Added new lost connection error message for sqlsrv (#39466)
  • Allow can method to be chained onto route for quick authorization (#39464)
  • Publish provider.stub in stub:publish command (#39491)
  • Added Illuminate/Support/NamespacedItemResolver::flushParsedKeys() (#39490)
  • Accept enums for insert update and where (#39492)
  • Fifo support for queue name suffix (#39497, 12e47bb)


  • Dont cache ondemand loggers (5afa0f1, bc50a9b)
  • Enforce implicit Route Model scoping (#39440)
  • Ensure event mutex is always removed (#39498)
  • Added missing "flags" to redis zadd options list... (#39538)

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