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Improvements to Authentication in Laravel 5.3

In my book Joseph Silber is one of the unsung heroes of the Laravel ecosystem. Whenever I open up internals on Larachat or Github he’s giving friendly and thoughtful advice. I was happy to learn that Joseph started a blog.

In the first post he goes over all the improvements made to authentication in Laravel 5.3.

Authentication has gotten some nice improvements in 5.3, so let’s examine it piece by piece.

– Introducing the authenticate method
– The exception handler’s unauthenticated method
– The Authenticate middleware
– Authenticating against multiple guards
– Route model binding and global scopes
– Bonus: the request’s expectsJson method


If you’re looking for a package that can handle roles and abilities in Laravel, be sure to check out his Bouncer package.

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.