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Say goodbye to manually creating a robots.txt file

If you don’t want a site to be indexed by search engines you must place a robots.txt file. Typically you don’t want anything indexed except production sites.

Today Spatie released a new package called laravel-robots-middleware. It was coded up by my colleague Sebastian. Instead of you having to create a robots.txt this Laravel package will add a x-robots-tag to every request. If you want to limit a search bot to only crawl your production enviroment you can extend the Spatie\RobotsMiddleware\RobotsMiddleware-class like this:

// app/Http/Middleware/MyRobotsMiddleware.php

use Illuminate\Http\Request;
use Spatie\RobotsMiddleware\RobotsMiddleware;

class MyRobotsMiddleware extends RobotsMiddleware
     * @return string|bool
    protected function shouldIndex(Request $request)
        return app()->environment('production');

To learn all the options read the documentation on GitHub. Like this package? Then maybe some of our other Laravel packages might be useful to you as well.

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.