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Laravel IDE Helper

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Laravel 5 IDE Helper Generator

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For Laravel 4.x, check version 1.11

Complete phpDocs, directly from the source

Check out this Laracasts video for a quick introduction/explanation!

This package generates a file that your IDE understands, so it can provide accurate autocompletion. Generation is done based on the files in your project, so they are always up-to-date. If you don't want to generate it, you can add a pre-generated file to the root folder of your Laravel project (but this isn't as up-to-date as self generated files).

  • Generated version for L5:
  • Generated version for Lumen:
  • Generated Phpstorm Meta file:

Note: You do need CodeComplice for Sublime Text:


Require this package with composer using the following command:

composer require barryvdh/laravel-ide-helper

After updating composer, add the service provider to the providers array in config/app.php


To install this package on only development systems, add the --dev flag to your composer command:

composer require --dev barryvdh/laravel-ide-helper

In Laravel, instead of adding the service provider in the config/app.php file, you can add the following code to your app/Providers/AppServiceProvider.php file, within the register() method:

public function register()
    if ($this->app->environment() !== 'production') {
    // ...

This will allow your application to load the Laravel IDE Helper on non-production enviroments.

Automatic phpDoc generation for Laravel Facades

You can now re-generate the docs yourself (for future updates)

php artisan ide-helper:generate

Note: bootstrap/compiled.php has to be cleared first, so run php artisan clear-compiled before generating (and php artisan optimize after).

You can configure your composer.json to do this after each commit:

    "post-update-cmd": [
        "php artisan ide-helper:generate",
        "php artisan ide-helper:meta",
        "php artisan optimize"

You can also publish the config file to change implementations (ie. interface to specific class) or set defaults for --helpers or --sublime.

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Barryvdh\LaravelIdeHelper\IdeHelperServiceProvider" --tag=config

The generator tries to identify the real class, but if it cannot be found, you can define it in the config file.

Some classes need a working database connection. If you do not have a default working connection, some facades will not be included. You can use an in-memory SQLite driver by adding the -M option.

You can choose to include helper files. This is not enabled by default, but you can override it with the --helpers (-H) option. The Illuminate/Support/helpers.php is already set up, but you can add/remove your own files in the config file.

Automatic phpDocs for models

You need to require doctrine/dbal: ~2.3 in your own composer.json to get database columns.

composer require doctrine/dbal

If you don't want to write your properties yourself, you can use the command php artisan ide-helper:models to generate phpDocs, based on table columns, relations and getters/setters. You can write the comments directly to your Model file, using the --write (-W) option. By default, you are asked to overwrite or write to a separate file (_ide_helper_models.php). You can force No with --nowrite (-N). Please make sure to backup your models, before writing the info. It should keep the existing comments and only append new properties/methods. The existing phpdoc is replaced, or added if not found. With the --reset (-R) option, the existing phpdocs are ignored, and only the newly found columns/relations are saved as phpdocs.

php artisan ide-helper:models Post
 * An Eloquent Model: 'Post'
 * @property integer $id
 * @property integer $author_id
 * @property string $title
 * @property string $text
 * @property \Carbon\Carbon $created_at
 * @property \Carbon\Carbon $updated_at
 * @property-read \User $author
 * @property-read \Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Collection|\Comment[] $comments

By default, models in app/models are scanned. The optional argument tells what models to use (also outside app/models).

php artisan ide-helper:models Post User

You can also scan a different directory, using the --dir option (relative from the base path):

php artisan ide-helper:models --dir="path/to/models" --dir="app/src/Model"

You can publish the config file (php artisan vendor:publish) and set the default directories.

Models can be ignored using the --ignore (-I) option

php artisan ide-helper:models --ignore="Post,User"

Note: With namespaces, wrap your model name in double-quotes ("): php artisan ide-helper:models "API\User", or escape the slashes (Api\\User)

For properly recognition of Model methods (i.e. paginate, findOrFail) you should extend \Eloquent or add

/** @mixin \Eloquent */

for your model class.

Automatic phpDocs generation for Laravel Fluent methods

If you need phpDocs support for Fluent methods in migration, for example


After publishing vendor, simply change the include_fluent line your config/ide-helper.php file into:

'include_fluent' => true,

And then run php artisan ide-helper:generate , you will now see all of the Fluent methods are recognized by your IDE.

PhpStorm Meta for Container instances

It's possible to generate a PhpStorm meta file to add support for factory design pattern. For Laravel, this means we can make PhpStorm understand what kind of object we are resolving from the IoC Container. For example, events will return an Illuminate\Events\Dispatcher object, so with the meta file you can call app('events') and it will autocomplete the Dispatcher methods.

php artisan ide-helper:meta

/** @var \Illuminate\Foundation\Application $app */

// When the key is not found, it uses the argument as class name

Pre-generated example:

Note: You might need to restart PhpStorm and make sure .phpstorm.meta.php is indexed. Note: When you receive a FatalException about a class that is not found, check your config (for example, remove S3 as cloud driver when you don't have S3 configured. Remove Redis ServiceProvider when you don't use it).

Lumen Install

This package is focused on Laravel development, but it can also be used in Lumen with some workarounds. Because Lumen works a little different, as it is like a barebone version of Laravel and the main configuration parameters are instead located in bootstrap/app.php, some alterations must be made.

Enabling Facades

While Laravel IDE Helper can generate automatically default Facades for code hinting, Lumen doesn't come with Facades activated. If you plan in using them, you must enable them under the Create The Application section, uncommenting this line:

// $app->withFacades();

From there, you should be able to use the create_alias() function to add additional Facades into your application.

Adding the Service Provider

You can install Laravel IDE Helper in app/Providers/AppServiceProvider.php, and uncommenting this line that registers the App Service Providers so it can properly load.

// $app->register(App\Providers\AppServiceProvider::class);

If you are not using that line, that is usually handy to manage gracefully multiple Laravel/Lumen installations, you will have to add this line of code under the Register Service Providers section of your bootstrap/app.php.

if ($app->environment() !== 'production') {

After that, Laravel IDE Helper should work correctly. During the generation process, the script may throw exceptions saying that some Class(s) doesn't exist or there are some undefined indexes. This is normal, as Lumen has some default packages stripped away, like Cookies, Storage and Session. If you plan to add these packages, you will have to add them manually and create additional Facades if needed.

Adding Additional Facades

Currently Lumen IDE Helper doesn't take into account additional Facades created under bootstrap/app.php using create_alias(), so you need to create a config/app.php file and add your custom aliases under an aliases array again, like so:

return [
    'aliases' => [
        'CustomAliasOne' => Example\Support\Facades\CustomAliasOne::class,
        'CustomAliasTwo' => Example\Support\Facades\CustomAliasTwo::class,

After you run php artisan ide-helper:generate, it's recommended (but not mandatory) to rename config/app.php to something else until you have to re-generate the docs or after passing to production enviroment. Lumen 5.1+ will read this file for configuration parameters if it is present, and may overlap some configurations if it is completely populated.


The Laravel IDE Helper Generator is open-sourced software licensed under the MIT license

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  • almost 3 years Error detection method
  • almost 3 years static called as dynamic warning on facade returning $this
  • almost 3 years Fatal error: Class 'Memcached' not found
  • almost 3 years Problem with Laravel 5.3 Models
  • almost 3 years Gate facade not generated in Lumen
  • almost 3 years class '' not found
  • almost 3 years Route parameters() breaks generate
  • almost 3 years Laravel 5.3 - Broadcast Facade autocompletion missing
  • almost 3 years Redis
  • almost 3 years Ability to write int and not integer.
  • about 3 years include SoftDeletes trait location?
  • about 3 years Using laravel-ide-helper in non-laravel project
  • about 3 years Unnecessary fully qualified model name
  • about 3 years custom helper functions not poped
  • about 3 years Feature request: Write PhpDoc directly to Laravel source code
  • about 3 years generates _ide_helper.php in executing directory not in project dir
  • about 3 years Shall 'static' means the child class is better ?
  • about 3 years ide-helper doesn't generate added Facades (Lumen)
  • about 3 years generate model phpDocs no property and method
  • about 3 years Can this work with Visual Studio Code?
  • about 3 years Route::auth is missed
  • about 3 years Did i can not generate the static function whereSomeField()
  • about 3 years Error when installing
  • about 3 years FatalErrorException
  • over 3 years Method not found in PhpStorm
  • over 3 years :meta &
  • over 3 years Generate Entrust model docs
  • over 3 years segmentation fault in "ide-helper:model"
  • over 3 years Allow custom text to be added into phpstorm.meta.php during/after generation.
  • over 3 years Blade::directive method does not exist
laravel-ide-helper open pull requests (View All Pulls)
  • Add extend \Eloquent for ide-helper:models command
  • PHPDoc for Fluent methods commonly used in migrations
  • Refactoring Code
  • This is only used while developing
  • morphOne and morphTo fixes
  • add bin in composer
  • Meta command: Support aliases and instances in service container + option to set methods to access container
  • Eloquent mixin
  • Support for using namespaced models in relations (L5)
  • Allow for camel case model properties.
  • Look for additional facade aliases in app config array
  • fix reflection-docblock issue #352
  • An --> A
  • add autocomplete for Facade classes
  • Support for MSSQL tables not in the 'dbo' schema
  • Multi auth guards and multi auth providers compatibility
  • Adds support for macros
  • Reversing order of default facade list
  • Use short array syntax in configuration file
  • Generate standalone metafile or use new meta folder option.
  • Updated installation on fresh Lumen 5.4
  • add aliases to meta
  • removed static declaration
  • Fix autocompletion of methods declared in facades
  • Readme [Lumen]: Simpler solution for supporting additional Facades and a note on getting Eloquent mixin to work.
  • Small fix readme
  • Don't use Facade alias but actual class
  • Added check for Variadic
  • Added Validator and Gate facades for Lumen
  • Sort keys for generating stable .phpstorm.meta.php
  • Update license year
  • Use Illuminate\Support\Carbon instead of Carbon\Carbon
  • Ignore models by default
  • Keep "null"-ness of column even with model casts
  • Eloquent: Write docblocks even if no original found
  • Support for ::fake() calls
  • Changed overwriting confirmation message
  • Follow @mixin tags for Facade roots
  • Add notice about "Package Auto-Discovery" to docs
  • The 'artisan optimize' command is now deprecated.
  • Refactored internal code
  • Fix magic method generation & helper class aliases
  • Remove static on forceDelete and restore to prevent the methods to be…
  • Composer
  • readme update
  • Camel case setting mutators
  • Add configurable Formatter Control tags around model docblocks
  • Support php's array callable format for macro's.
  • Add DocBlocks for classes too
  • Allow for configurable helper of eloquent namespace
  • Allow command to find and use pivot models
  • Implement unit-tests for all source code to release v1.11.7
  • Remove Eloquent Model Helper from generate command
  • Add morphedByMany relationship
  • "smart-reset": Reset properties/methods, but keep the text
laravel-ide-helper questions on Stackoverflow (View All Questions)
  • Laravel IDE Helper Not Working After Upgrade PhpStorm 10
  • Problems with laravel-ide-helper
  • Laravel 5.1: Using the Laravel IDE Helper Generator in PhpStorm
  • Laravel 5 : Why is there a lot of dependencies to download when installing laravel-ide-helper?
  • Having trouble installing barryvdh/laravel-ide-helper via composer - class not found error in Laravel 4 project
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