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Laravel Code Style

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⚠️ This package is no longer maintained. See Jubeki/laravel-code-style for a maintained fork.

This package provides automatic code style checking and formatting for Laravel applications and packages. Your code is formatted following Laravel's code style guide.

The package adds the php-cs-fixer tool and a community maintained ruleset to your application. The ruleset is a best effort attempt to match the code style the Laravel framework itself uses. Check out an example to see what the code style looks like.

You might want to use this package if you are writing a Laravel application, package or tutorial and you want to match the framework's code style.

If you are wondering why this package exists you can read the announcement post.


⚠️ These docs are for the latest version. If you are using an older version you can find the docs for previous releases here.

Require this package with composer. It is recommended to only require the package for development.

composer require matt-allan/laravel-code-style --dev

The service provider will be automatically registered using package discovery.

If you don't use auto-discovery you should add the service provider to the providers array in config/app.php.

// existing providers...

Once the package is installed you should publish the configuration.

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="MattAllan\LaravelCodeStyle\ServiceProvider"

Publishing the config will add a .php-cs-fixer.dist.php configuration file to the root of your project. You may customize this file as needed. The .php-cs-fixer.dist.php file should be committed to version control.

A cache file will be written to .php_cs.cache in the project root the first time you run the fixer. You should ignore this file so it is not added to your version control system.

echo '.php_cs.cache' >> .gitignore


Once the package is installed you can check and fix your code formatting with the php-cs-fixer command. The command will be available in Composer's vendor/bin directory.


To automatically fix the code style of your project you may use the php-cs-fixer fix command.

vendor/bin/php-cs-fixer fix

This will automatically fix the code style of every file in your project.

By default only the file names of every file fixed will be shown. To see a full diff of every change append the --diff flag.

vendor/bin/php-cs-fixer fix --diff


If you would like to check the formatting without actually altering any files you should use the fix command with the --dry-run flag.

vendor/bin/php-cs-fixer fix --dry-run --diff

In dry-run mode any violations will cause the command to return a non-zero exit code. You can use this command to fail a CI build or git commit hook.

Composer script

To make checking and fixing code style easier for contributors to your project it's recommended to add the commands as a composer script.

The following example allows anyone to check the code style by calling composer check-style and to fix the code style with composer fix-style.

    // ...
    "scripts": {
        "check-style": "php-cs-fixer fix --dry-run --diff",
        "fix-style": "php-cs-fixer fix"

More Options

For a complete list of options please consult the php-cs-fixer documentation.


The default configuration is published as .php-cs-fixer.dist.php in the project root. You can customize this file to change options such as the paths searched or the fixes applied.


You can change the paths searched for PHP files by chaining method calls onto the PhpCsFixer\Finder instance being passed to the MattAllan\LaravelCodeStyle\Config::setFinder method.

For example, to search the examples directory you would append ->in('examples'):


require __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php';

return (new MattAllan\LaravelCodeStyle\Config())
            // ...
    // ...

The default paths are setup for a Laravel application. If you are writing a package the path helper functions will not available and you will need to change the paths as necessary, i.e. PhpCsFixer\Finder::create()->in(__DIR__).

For a complete list of options refer to the Symfony Finder documentation.


By default only the @Laravel preset is enabled. This preset enforces the PSR-2 standard as well as nearly 100 other rules such as ordering use statements alphabetically and requiring trailing commas in multiline arrays.

A @Laravel:risky preset is also available. The @Laravel:risky preset enables rules that may change code behavior. To enable risky rules you need to add the preset and set isRiskyEnabled to true.

return (new MattAllan\LaravelCodeStyle\Config())
            // ...
            '@Laravel' => true,
            '@Laravel:risky' => true,

It is possible to override a specific rule from the preset. For example, you could disable the no_unused_imports rule like this:

return (new MattAllan\LaravelCodeStyle\Config())
            // ...
            '@Laravel' => true,
            'no_unused_imports' => false,

For a complete list of available rules please refer to the php-cs-fixer documentation.

Continuous Integration

To automatically fix the code style when someone opens a pull request or pushes a commit check out StyleCI. StyleCI wrote many of the open source fixer rules this package depends on and StyleCI's Laravel preset is the official definition of Laravel's code style.

Editor Support

Any editor plugin for php-cs-fixer will work. Check the php-cs-fixer readme for more info.

How It Works

Laravel does not publish an official php-cs-fixer ruleset. To create the rule set we compare StyleCI's preset to the available php-cs-fixer rules. In some cases StyleCI is using a rule that is no longer available. For these rules we have to dig through the git history of php-cs-fixer and determine which rule replaced the deprecated rule.

It isn't possible to add your own presets to php-cs-fixer. Instead PhpCsFixer\Config is extended to search the rules for our custom presets and merge the rules if they are found.

To ensure the rules stay in sync an automated test formats the entire Laravel framework and compares the results. If an existing Laravel file does not match our rule set the build is failed.


When Laravel changes the code style a new major release is created for this package. You will need to edit the version constraint in your composer.json to pull in the updated rules. If you would like your code style to match a previous version of Laravel you may pull in an older release of this package.

Laravel Code Style
5.x 0.4.x
6.x-7.x 0.5.x
8.x 0.6.x

Change log

Please see CHANGELOG for more information on what has changed recently.


$ composer test


Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.



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