Laravel Enum Package

Laravel Enum Package

Laravel Enum is a package by Ben Sampson that adds support for creating enums in PHP and includes a generator for Laravel. Here’s an example of what an Enum class looks like using this package:

<?php

namespace App\Enums;

use BenSampo\Enum\Enum;

final class UserType extends Enum
{
    const Administrator = 0;
    const Moderator = 1;
    const Subscriber = 2;
    const SuperAdministrator = 3;
}

Check out the readme for a list of methods and other examples of how to use this package.

One of my favorite features I noticed from the readme is controller validation using a supplied EnumValue rule:

<?php

public function store(Request $request)
{
    $this->validate($request, [
        'user_type' => ['required', new EnumValue(UserType::class)],
    ]);
}

You can also validate on the keys using the EnumKey rule:

<?php

public function store(Request $request)
{
    $this->validate($request, [
        'user_type' => ['required', new EnumKey(UserType::class)],
    ]);
}

Another Laravel-specific feature that you might find useful is localization:

<?php

// resources/lang/en/enums.php

use App\Enums\UserType;

return [

    'user-type' => [
        UserType::Administrator => 'Administrator',
        UserType::SuperAdministrator => 'Super administrator',
    ],

];

// resources/lang/es/enums.php
use App\Enums\UserType;

return [

    'user-type' => [
        UserType::Administrator => 'Administrador',
        UserType::SuperAdministrator => 'Súper administrador',
    ],

];

Learn More

Ben Sampson wrote a post Using enums in Laravel which is an excellent follow-up resource to the inspiration and thought process behind his package.

You can view the Laravel Enum source code and get installation instructions from the BenSampo/laravel-enum GitHub repository.

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