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Social Card of Laravel Dry Requests

X-Dry-Run your requests

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This package allows you to check if your requests would pass validation if you executed them normally. The Laravel equivalent of --dry-run in various CLI tools, or what some devs call "preflight requests".

🚀 Hit the endpoint as users are entering information on the form to provide real-time feedback with 100% accuracy.

🚀 Validate only a subset of data of a multi-step form to guarantee success when the form is eventually submitted.


LDR Demo

What problem does this package solve?

A traditional approach to validating user input in JavaScript applications (Inertia / SPA / Mobile) is using a library such as yup to do the heavy lifting and delegating complex business validations to the server.

However, the client-side can never be trusted, so you can't simply omit the validation rules that ran on the front-end. This means that validation has to live in 2 distinct places and you will have to keep them in sync. This is very tedious and wasteful, so this is where this package comes into play.


You can install the package via composer:

composer require dive-be/laravel-dry-requests

You can publish the config file with:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Dive\DryRequests\ServiceProvider" --tag="config"

This is the contents of the published config file:

return [
    | Default Dry Validation Behavior
    | All dry requests are validated against a subset of the defined rules.
    | In other words only present fields are checked during the request.
    | You may choose to halt validation as soon as a failure occurs,
    | or continue validating all fields and return all failures.
    | Supported: "all", "first"

    'validation' => 'first',


💡 Controller logic is not executed after a successful validation attempt. 200 OK is returned upon a successful dry run.

💡 Only present fields are validated to ensure good UX. Other fields are skipped using the sometimes rule. This means that you are responsible for only sending the relevant fields for validating e.g. a step of a multi-step wizard.


Assume the following endpoint: POST /users and Controller.

Option 1 - using FormRequests

Controller injecting a StoreUserRequest:

class UserController
    public function store(StoreUserRequest $request): UserResource
        $user = User::create($request->validated());
        return new UserResource($user);

Add the DryRunnable trait to your FormRequest:

class StoreUserRequest extends FormRequest
    use DryRunnable;

    public function rules(): array
        return [
            'email' => ['required', 'email', 'max:255', 'unique:users'],
            'username' => ['required', 'string', 'min:2', 'max:255', 'unique:users'],
            'nickname' => ['nullable', 'string', 'min:2', 'max:255'],

That's it 😎.

Option 2 - using validate method on the Request object

class UserController
    public function store(Request $request): UserResource
        $validated = $request->validate([
            'email' => ['required', 'email', 'max:255', 'unique:users'],
            'username' => ['required', 'string', 'min:2', 'max:255', 'unique:users'],
            'nickname' => ['nullable', 'string', 'min:2', 'max:255'],
        $user = User::create($request->validated());
        return new UserResource($user);

You don't have to do anything at all 🤙.

Front-end execution

Now, hit the endpoint from the client-side like you normally would. But with the added X-Dry-Run header.

// 1. "Username has already been taken" validation error'/users', { username: 'Agent007' }, { headers: { 'X-Dry-Run': true } })
     .then(response => response.status); // 422 Unprocessable Entity
// 2. Successful unique username check: Controller did not execute'/users', { username: 'Asil Kan' }, { headers: { 'X-Dry-Run': true } })
     .then(response => response.status); // 200 OK
// 3. Successful unique e-mail check: Controller did not execute'/users', { email: '' }, { headers: { 'X-Dry-Run': true } })
     .then(response => response.status); // 200 OK

// 4. Submit entire form: Controller executed'/users', { email: '', username: 'Asil Kan' })
     .then(response => response.status); // 201 Created

Inertia.js example

const { clearErrors, data, errors, setData } = useForm({
    email: '',
    password: '',
    password_confirmation: '',

const pick = (obj, fields) => fields.reduce((acc, cur) => (acc[cur] = obj[cur], acc), {});

const validateAsync = (...fields) => () => {'register'), pick(data, fields) , {
        headers: { 'X-Dry-Run': 'all' },
        onError: setError,
        onSuccess() { clearErrors(...fields); },

// Somewhere in your template
<input onBlur={validateAsync('email')} 
       onChange={setData} />

<input type="password" 
       onChange={setData} />
<input onBlur={validateAsync('password', 'password_confirmation')} 
       onChange={setData} />

Fine-tuning Dry Validations: AllFailures / FirstFailure

  • The default validation behavior for dry requests is halting validation as soon as an error is found. This is especially useful when handling async validation for a single field.
  • The other option is to keep validating even if an error is encountered. This is especially useful for multi-step forms.

You can alter this behavior on 3 distinct levels.

  1. Change first to all (or vice versa) in the dry-request config file. This will apply to all of your requests.
  2. FormRequest only - Use the Dive\DryRequests\Dry attribute along with Dive\DryRequests\Validation on the rules method to force a specific Validation behavior for a particular FormRequest.
public function rules(): array
    return [...];
  1. Dictate the behavior on the fly from the front-end using the X-Dry-Run header. Valid values: all, first.'/users', { email: '...', username: '...' }, { headers: { 'X-Dry-Run': 'all' } })
     .then(response => response.status); // 200 OK

Note: the header value will be ignored if you have explicitly set a validation behavior on the FormRequest using the Dry attribute.

Conflicting FormRequest methods

The package makes use of the available methods passedValidation and withValidator available on FormRequest classes to enable its behavior.

If you define these in your own requests, you must call the "dry" methods manually:

class CreateUserRequest extends FormRequest
    protected function passedValidation()
        $this->stopWhenDry(); // must be called first
        // your custom logic
    protected function withValidator(Validator $instance)
        $instance = /* your custom logic */;
        $this->withDryValidator($instance); // must be called last


composer test


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The MIT License (MIT). Please see License File for more information.


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