Filter and Search Eloquent Models with the Model Filter Package


March 1st, 2023

Filter and Search Eloquent Models with the Model Filter Package

Laravel Model Filter offers a simple way to filter and search eloquent models by array parameters and query strings.

Here's a simple example to illustrate exactly how this package works. Given the following filter, you can generate with the provided make:filter command:

namespace App\Models\Filters;
use Lacodix\LaravelModelFilter\Filters\DateFilter;
class CreatedAfterFilter extends DateFilter
public FilterMode $mode = FilterMode::GREATER_OR_EQUAL;
protected string $field = 'created_at';

You can apply the CreatedAfterFilter on a model like the following example:

namespace App\Models;
use App\Models\Filters\CreatedAfterFilter;
use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;
use Lacodix\LaravelModelFilter\Traits\HasFilters;
class Post extends Model
use HasFilters;
protected array $filters = [

You can then trigger the filter either programmatically or via query string:

Post::filter(['created_after_filter' => '2023-01-01'])->get();
// Multiple filters
'created_after_filter' => '2023-01-01',
'published_filter' => true,
// Or by query string: /posts?created_after_filter=2023-01-01

This package includes many features related to filtering models, such as:

  • Group filtering
  • Filter validation
  • Sorting
  • Searching
  • Date filter type
  • String filter type
  • Select filter type
  • Numeric filter type
  • Boolean filter type
  • Trashed filter type
  • Filtering on relations
  • And more

To get started with this package, check out the official documentation; the source code is also on GitHub at lacodix/laravel-model-filter.

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Paul Redmond

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