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Using UUIDs with Laravel’s Eloquent ORM

Garrett St. John wrote a clear example on how to use UUIDs in Eloquent models. This kind of logic could go in a trait so it can be reused across multiple models.

By default, Eloquent uses an auto-incrementing integer as the primary key for its tables. While most of the time this is totally acceptable, sometimes there is a need for primary keys to be less predictable.


EDIT: Kirk Bushell has made a trait for this functionality. Take a look at his Eloquence package on GitHub.

Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band. He loves waffles and butterflies.