Build APIs in Laravel With the Restify Package


July 26th, 2022

Build APIs in Laravel With the Restify Package

Laravel Restify is a package to make a powerful JSON:API-compatible Rest API with Laravel. After installing the package and following the setup guide, you can get started quickly using the repository CLI:

php artisan restify:repository Dream --all

The repository is the core of this package. The example command above would generate a blank repository that you could add fields to, like the following example:

namespace App\Restify;
use App\Models\Dream;
use Binaryk\LaravelRestify\Http\Requests\RestifyRequest;
class DreamRepository extends Repository
public static string $model = Dream::class;
public function fields(RestifyRequest $request): array
return [

If you don't define the $model property, Restify can guess based on the repository class name (i.e., DreamRepository would be the Dream model).

Here's an example of the built-in UserRepository class (you would want to protect this in a real app) that will return an API response in JSON API format:

GET: /api/restify/users?perPage=10&page=2
"meta": {
"current_page": 1,
"from": 1,
"last_page": 1,
"path": "http://localhost:8000/api/restify/users",
"per_page": 15,
"to": 1,
"total": 1
"links": {
"first": "http://localhost:8000/api/restify/users?page=1",
"next": null,
"path": "http://localhost:8000/api/restify/users",
"prev": null,
"filters": "/api/restify/users/filters"
"data": [
"id": "1",
"type": "users",
"attributes": {
"name": "Paul Redmond",
"email": ""

This package also walks you through the authentication process, advanced filtering, and more!

Learn More

To get started, I recommend watching the Restify Course, which has 24 lessons on using Restify to build an API with Laravel. You can also read the official documentation to install this package and start using it in your applications. Finally, you can see the source code and contribute on GitHub at BinarCode/laravel-restify.

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Paul Redmond

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