Laravel model without db


Solution 1

Your Question:

So is there any way how to create "offline" model and connect it with "online" data?

Our Take:

  • Yes, you can use a sort of Laravel Model without a Database (offline as you phrase it). Please refer to jenssegers/laravel-model. Basically it's a class implementing ArrayAccess, ArrayableInterface, JsonableInterface with some states and behaviours as needed.

  • Yes, there should be a way to connect "Online" Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model with your "offline" Model: POO and Design Pattern are there to the rescue. Get your hands dirty, don't hesitate to delve into the source code!

We suggest you to roll your own "Offline" Model based on the source code of jenssegers/laravel-model and extend "Online" Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model (Decorator pattern or whatever!?) to make it have knowledge of the former. The plumbing is left to you, no spoon fed code so far ;-)


You may likely have to define some custom dependent (helper) classes of Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model such as Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Relations\BelongsToMany and so on.

FIY, you can also find a relevant sample of extending Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model here jarektkaczyk/Eloquent-triple-pivot using latest PHP features.

Happy coding.

Solution 2

You should treat the object like a collection to work "offline". And remember to build the objects it they doesn't exist.

$ingredient = new Ingredient;
$ingredient->id = 5;

$meal = new Meal;

So neither the Meal nor the Ingredient number 5 has to exists in DB.

Dusan Plavak
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Updated on July 25, 2022


  • Dusan Plavak
    Dusan Plavak 10 months

    I have model Meal which can contain model Ingredient and Ingredient has a lot of properties...

    I have all ingredient in DB and also some meals....

    But I want to create new meal but without storing it in DB.

    so something like:

    $meal = new Meal;

    where 5 is id of ingredient in DB.

    However this will fail because $meal is not stored in DB yet and attach() function trying to create a new record in meal_ingredient table....

    So is there any way how to create "offline" model and connect it with "online" data?


  • dspitzle
    dspitzle almost 6 years
    DaVe's response makes sense, as that's how new records are created from form input: you create a new instance and work with it until you save it to the database.
  • Sebastian
    Sebastian almost 2 years
    @dspitzle I disagree, as what you're stating depends on how you usually create objects. We tend to make all attributes $fillable (empty $guarded-array), and use Model::create([...$attributes]) to create model instances. We hardly use the new Model() syntax.