How to use the enumerations(Enums) of PHP 8.1 in Laravel?

Harish Kumar · · 6283 Views

The release of PHP 8.1 brings native enumerations to PHP. There is no more requirement for custom solutions in your Laravel projects since the Laravel v8.69 release has you back.

We'll take a straightforward example of a Post model. This Post model has the property status, and its possible values can be draft, in_review, or published. As it will be stored in the database, we will create a backed Enum. It implies that each enum case is associated with a string.


namespace App\Enums;

enum PostStatus: string
    case Draft = "draft";
    case InReview = "in_review";
    case Published = "published";

Now here comes the great part. In Laravel v8.69, it allows us for casting Enums. We can use the new casting in the Post model, and it allows a status attribute to be cast to/from an Enum:


namespace App\Models;

use App\Enums\PostStatus;
use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;

class Post extends Model
    protected $casts = [
        'status' => PostStatus::class

It will cast the post status to Enum when interacting with the status attribute:


App\Enums\PostStatus {
   name: "Published",
   value: "published",

The status attribute is cast to Enum, So you can access the backed value stored in the database if needed like so:

echo $post->status->value; // published

Or, in the Post model, you can add a method to compare status to the Enum directly:

public function isDraft()
    return $this->status === PostStatus::Draft;

public function isPublished()
    return $this->status === PostStatus::Published;

Create or Update Model

If you try to create or update a Post with an invalid status value, in that case, you will get PHP Fatal error:

$post->update(['status' => 'xyz']); 

/* Fatal Error: "xyz" is not a valid backing value for enum ... */

Validation rule

When you are updating or creating model status, its value is coming from the Form request. Then, it is important to validate the request to make sure an input contains a valid enum value.

Here is the example

Laravel v8.69 provides the Enum rule, a class-based rule that validates whether the field under validation contains a valid enum value:

use App\Enums\PostStatus;
use Illuminate\Validation\Rules\Enum;
  'status' => [new Enum(PostStatus::class)],

Now your request only accepts enum’s backed values.


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