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Laravel Modules

Modules is a simple package to allow the means to separate your Laravel 5.3 application out into modules. Each module is completely self-contained allowing the ability to simply drop a module in for use.

Quick Installation

Begin by installing the package through Composer.

composer require pierresilva/laravel-modules

Once this operation is complete, simply add both the service provider and facade classes to your project's config/app.php file:

Service Provider



'Module' => pierresilva\Modules\Facades\Module::class,

Module Structure

The package is built with Laravel 5 in mind. Modules follow the same app structure adopted with the latest version of Laravel, ensuring that modules feel like a natural part of your application.

    |-- Modules/
        |-- Blog/
            |-- Console/
            |-- Database/
                |-- Factories/
                |-- Migrations/
                |-- Seeds/
            |-- Http/
                |-- Controllers/
                |-- Middleware/
                |-- Requests/
            |-- Models/
            |-- Providers/
                |-- ModuleServiceProvider.php
                |-- RouteServiceProvider.php
            |-- Resources/
                |-- Lang/
                |-- Views/
            |-- Routes/
                |-- api.php/
                |-- web.php/
            |-- module.json

Manifest File

Along with the structure, every module has a module.json manifest file. This manifest file is used to outline information such as the description, version, author(s), and anything else you'd like to store pertaining to the module at hand.

    "name": "Blog",
    "slug": "blog",
    "version": "1.0",
    "author": "Author Name",
    "license": "MIT",
    "description": "Only the best blog module in the world!",
    "order": 100
  • name - A human-friendly name of the module. Not required.
  • slug - The slug of the module. This is used for identification purposes.
  • version - The module's version. Not required.
  • description - A description of the module. Not required.
  • author - The module's author name. Not required
  • license - The module's license. Not required
  • order - The order of which modules are loaded. This is optional, but if you have a requirement to load a module later this is the option you are looking for. Not required


Publishing The Config File

To publish the bundled config file, simply run Laravel's vendor:publish Artisan command:

php artisan vendor:publish

Path to Modules

You may define the path where you'd like to store your modules.

'path' => app_path('Modules'),

Module's Base Namespace

Define the base namespace for your modules.

'namespace' => 'App\Modules\\'

Note: Be sure to update this path if you move your modules to another directory.

To move modules folder

  • Change configuration above.
  • Add auto load namespace match folder in composer.json file. For example: "Modules\": "modules/". This will be move modules folder to Laravel base path.
  • Run command composer dump-autoload in where composer.json installed.

Restructure your modules

You can alter the internal structure of your modules without affecting the scaffolding and migration commands. For example, if you want to put your php code in a src directory and leave out the resources files you could do something like this:

'pathMap' => [
    'Database'          => 'src/Database',
    'Http'              => 'src/Http',
    'Providers'         => 'src/Providers',
    'Models'            => 'src/Models',
    'Policies'          => 'src/Policies',
    'Resources/Views'   => 'resources/views',
    'Resources/Lang'    => 'resources/lang',
    'Routes'            => 'routes',

Notice that the keys here are just based on the default module structure



Module views are referenced using a double-colon module::view syntax. So you may load the admin view from the blog module like so:

Route::get('admin', function() {
    return view('blog::admin');

Overriding Module Views

Modules registers two locations for your views for each module: one in the application's resources/views/vendor directory and one in your module's resources directory. So, using our blog example: when requesting a module view, Laravel will first check if a custom version of the view has been provided in resources/views/vendor/blog. Then, if the view has not been customized, Laravel will search the module's view directory. This makes it easy for end-users to customize/override your module's views.


Modules registers the Resources/Lang location for your translation files within each of your modules. Module translations are referenced using a double-colon module::file.line syntax. So, you may load the blog module's welcome line from the messages file like so:

echo trans('blog::messages.welcome');

Public Assets

Just like packages for Laravel, your modules may have assets such as JavaScript, CSS, and images. To publish these assets to the application's public directory, use the service provider's publishes method. You may do this within your module's primary service provider, or create a service provider specifically for assets.

In this example, we'll be storing our assets in an Assets directory at the root of our module. We will also add a modules asset group tag, which may be used to publish groups of related assets:

 * Preforms post-registration booting of services.
 * @return void
public function boot()
        __DIR__.'/../Assets' => public_path('assets/modules/example'),
    ], 'modules');

Now, when you execute the vendor:publish command, your module's assets will be copied to the specified location. Since you typically will need to overwrite the assets every time the module is updated, you may use the --force flag:

php artisan vendor:publish --tag=modules --force

If you would like to make sure your public assets are always up-to-date, you can add this command to the post-update-cmd list in your composer.json file.


Modules comes bundled with middleware that you may use within your application. Below you will find a description of each one with examples of their uses.

The Identify Module middleware provides the means to pull and store module manifest information within the session on each page load. This provides the means to identify routes from specific modules.


Simply register as a route middleware with a short-hand key in your app/Http/Kernel.php file.

protected $routeMiddleware = [
    'module' => \pierresilva\Modules\Middleware\IdentifyModule::class,


Now, you may simply use the middleware key in the route options array. The IdentifyModule middleware expects the slug of the module to be passed along in order to locate and load the relevant manifest information.

Route::group(['prefix' => 'blog', 'middleware' => ['module:blog']], function() {
    Route::get('/', function() {
            'This is the Blog module index page.',


If you dd() your session, you'll see that you have a new module array key with your module's manifest information available.

"This is the Blog module index page."
array:2 [▼
  "_token" => "..."
  "module" => array:6 [▼
    "name" => "Blog"
    "slug" => "blog"
    "version" => "1.0"
    "description" => "This is the description for the Blog module."
    "enabled" => true
    "order" => 9001

Composer Support


To get started, simply require the plugin through Composer for your application:

composer require wikimedia/composer-merge-plugin


"extra": {
    "merge-plugin": {
        "include": [

Now, for every module that requires their own composer dependencies to be installed with your application, simply create a composer.json file at the root of your module:

    "name": "yourapplication/users",
    "description": "Yourapplication Users module.",
    "keywords": ["yourapplication", "module", "users"],
    "require": {
        "pierresilva/laravel-acl": "~5.3"
    "config": {
        "preferred-install": "dist"

Then simply run composer update per normal! Wikimedia's composer merge plugin will automatically parse all of your modules composer.json files and merge them with your main composer.json file dynamically.

Facade Reference


Get all modules.

$modules = Module::all();


Get all module slugs.

$modules = Module::slugs();

Module::where($key, $value)

Get modules based on where clause.

  • $key (string) Module property key. Required.
  • $value (mixed) Value to match. Required.
$blogModule = Module::where('slug', 'blog');


Get modules based on where clause.

  • $key (string) Module property key. Required.
$orderedModules = Module::sortBy('order');


Sort modules by the given key in descending order.

  • $key (string) Module property key. Required.
$orderedModules = Module::sortByDesc('order');


Check if given module exists.

  • $slug (string) Module slug. Required.
if (Module::exists('blog')) {
    return 'Module "blog" exists!';


Returns a count of all modules.

$moduleCount = Module::count();


Returns the modules defined properties.

  • $slug (string) Module slug. Required.
$moduleProperties = Module::getProperties('blog');

Module::get($property, $default)

Returns the given module manifest property.

  • $property (string) Module property slug in the following format: moduleSlug::propertyKey. Required.
  • $default (mixed) The default value if the defined property does not exist.
$moduleName = Module::get('blog::name', 'Blog');

Module::set($property, $value)

Set the given module manifest property value.

  • $propertySlug (string) Module property slug in the following format: moduleSlug::propertyKey. Required.
  • $value (mixed) The new property value to be saved. Required
Module::set('blog::description', 'This is a new description for the blog module.');


Enable the specified module.

  • $slug (string) Module slug. Required.


Disable the specified module.

  • $slug (string) Module slug. Required.


Gets all enabled modules.

$enabledModules = Module::enabled();


Gets all disabled modules.

$disabledModules = Module::disabled();


Checks if specified module is enabled.

  • $slug (string) Module slug. Required.
if (Module::isEnabled('blog')) {
    return 'Blog module is enabled!';


Checks if specified module is disabled.

  • $slug (string) Module slug. Required.
if (Module::isDisabled('blog')) {
    return 'Blog module is disabled.';

Artisan Commands

Modules package comes with a handful of Artisan commands to make generating and managing modules easy.

make:module [slug]

Generate a new module. This will generate all the necessary folders and files needed to bootstrap your new module. The new module will be automatically enabled and work out of the box.

php artisan make:module blog

make:module:controller [slug] [ControllerName]

Generate a new module controller class.

php artisan make:module:controller blog PostsController

make:module:migration [slug] [migration_name]

Generate a new module migration file.

php artisan make:module:migration blog create_posts_table

make:module:request [slug] [RequestName]

Create a new module form request class.

php artisan make:module:request blog CreatePostRequest

module:enable [slug]

Enable a module.

php artisan module:enable blog


List all application modules.

php artisan module:list

module:migrate [slug]

Migrate the migrations from the specified module or from all modules.

Migrate all modules.

php artisan module:migrate

Migrate specific module.

php artisan module:migrate blog --pretend

module:migrate:refresh [slug]

Reset and re-run all migrations for a specific or all modules.


  • --database - The database connection to use.
  • --seed - Indicates if the seed task should be re-run.
php artisan module:migrate:refresh
php artisan module:migrate:refresh blog --seed

module:migrate:reset [slug]

Rollback all database migrations for a specific or all modules.


  • --database - The database connection to use.
  • --force - Force the operation to run while in production.
  • --pretend - Dump the SQL queries that would be run.

Reset all modules migrations.

php artisan module:migrate:reset

Reset specific module migrations.

php artisan module:migrate:reset blog

module:migrate:rollback [slug]

Rollback the last database migrations for a specific or all modules.


  • --database - The database connection to use.
  • --force - Force the operation to run while in production.
  • --pretend - Dump the SQL queries that would be run.

Rollback all modules migrations.

php artisan module:migrate:rollback

Rollback specific module migrations.

php artisan module:migrate:rollback blog

module:seed [slug]

Seed the database with records for a specific or all modules.


  • --class - The class name of the module's root seeder.
  • --database - The database connection to seed.

Seed all modules.

php artisan module:seed

Seed specific module.

php artisan module:seed blog

Start building out some awesome modules!


Pierre Silva