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Laravel menus with automatic CSS highlighting

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Version info

Version 4 is a complete rework of the package. Thus breaking changes were introduced.

Minimum requirements

  • PHP >=7.2.5
  • Laravel ^6.0


This package helps defining and rendering menu structures in Laravel. The main feature is the CSS highlighting of the active page. The package is coupled to Laravel and can't be used standalone.

Important Information

Please note that your routes must be named.



Add "kaishiyoku/laravel-menu": "^4.0" to your composer.json by running composer require "kaishiyoku/laravel-menu": "^4.0".

Update your dependencies by running composer update.

Laravel Configuration

The package supports Laravel auto-discovery but if you want you can add Kaishiyoku\LaravelMenu\ServiceProvider::class, to the providers array
and 'Menu' => Kaishiyoku\LaravelMenu\Facade::class, to the aliases array in app/config/app.php.


  • generate a new middleware by using php artisan make:middleware Menus
  • add \App\Http\Middleware\Menus::class, to the Http Kernel in $middlewareGroups > 'web'
  • add your menus to the handle() method in your Menus middleware

Example \App\Http\Middleware\Menus.php:


namespace App\Http\Middleware;

use Closure;

class Menus
     * Handle an incoming request.
     * @param  \Illuminate\Http\Request  $request
     * @param  \Closure  $next
     * @return mixed
    public function handle($request, Closure $next)
        // your menus go here

        return $next($request);

Edited \App\Http\Kernel:


protected $middlewareGroups = [
    'web' => [
        // [...]


To display the configured menus you have to call the render function somewhere in your Blade template:

<div id="navbar" class="collapse navbar-collapse">
    {!! \LaravelMenu::render() !!}

    {!! \LaravelMenu::render('navbar-right') !!}

If the render() method is being called without parameters the default menu will be rendered. The menus must have unique names, otherwise an exception will be thrown.

The result would look like this: Screenshot 1

If you have any issues feel free to open a ticket.


    ->link('users.index', 'All users')
    ->dropdown('Comments', [
        'comments.index' => 'All',
        'comments.create' => 'Create',

You can also use a condition whether the given menu entry should be rendered or not, example:

    ->linkIf(auth()->check(), 'users.index, 'All users')
    ->dropdownIf(auth()->check(), 'Comments', [
        'comments.index' => 'All',
        'comments.create' => 'Create',

For dropdown links you can define multiple routes so that a given link will be highlighted when one of those routes is being visited. The first route will be the route to where the link goes:

    ->dropdown('Comments', \LaravelMenu::dropdownContainer()
        ->link('comments.index,,', 'All')
        ->link('comments.create', 'Create')

Available methods

  • addClassNames(string|array $classNames) adds CSS class names to the menu container
  • disableXssFilter() disables the integrated XSS filter
  • link(string $route, ?string $title = null, bool $strict = false)
    • you can also use a comma-seperated $route list (eg. entries.index,entries.create,entries.create)
  • dropdown(string $title, DropdownContainer $dropdownContainer)
    • The DropdownContainer class has the following methods available:
    • link(string $route, ?string $title = null)
    • header(string $title)
    • divider()
  • text(string $text)
  • content(string $content)

Every container method can also be called with a condition. Only if this condition is true the container will be rendered. (eg. linkIf(bool $condition, string $route, ?string $title = null, bool $strict = false))

MenuContainer: linkIf, dropdownIf, textIf, contentIf

DropdownContainer: linkIf, headerIf, dividerIf

Look & Feel

Currently the default look and feel is based on Bootstrap 4.

You can customize every Blade component by publishing them (php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Kaishiyoku\LaravelMenu\ServiceProvider")




Twitter: @kaishiyoku