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Supercharges PHP8-backed Enums with Superpowers in Laravel

Laravel Backed Enums is an awesome package that supercharges your PHP8-backed enums with superpowers like localization support and fluent comparison methods.


composer require webfox/laravel-backed-enums


Setup your enum

The enum you create must implement the BackedEnum interface and also use the IsBackedEnum trait. The interface is required for Laravel to cast your enum correctly and the trait is what gives your enum its superpowers.

use Webfox\LaravelBackedEnums\BackedEnum;
use Webfox\LaravelBackedEnums\IsBackedEnum;

enum VolumeUnitEnum: string implements BackedEnum
    use IsBackedEnum;

    case GRAMS = "GRAMS";
    case TONNE = "TONNE";

Enum value labels (Localization)

Create enums.php lang file and create labels for your enum values.

// resources/lang/en/enums.php

return [
     VolumeUnitEnum::class => [
        VolumeUnitEnum::MILLIGRAMS->value => "mg",
        VolumeUnitEnum::GRAMS->value      => "g",
        VolumeUnitEnum::KILOGRAMS->value  => "kg",
        VolumeUnitEnum::TONNE->value      => "t"

You may then access these localized values using the ->label() or ::labelFor() methods

VolumeUnitEnum::MILLIGRAMS->label(); // "mg"
VolumeUnitEnum::labelFor(VolumeUnitEnum::TONNE); // "t"

If you do not specify a label in the lang file these methods will return the value assigned to the enum inside the enum file. e.g MILLIGRAMS label will be MILLIGRAMS.

Meta data

Adding metadata allows you to return additional values alongside the label and values.

Create a withMeta method on your enum to add metadata.

public function withMeta(): array
    return match ($this) {
        self::MILLIGRAMS                => [
            'background_color' => 'bg-green-100',
            'text_color'       => 'text-green-800',
        self::GRAMS                     => [
            'background_color' => 'bg-red-100',
            'text_color'       => 'text-red-800',
        self::KILOGRAMS, self::TONNE    => [
            'background_color' => 'bg-gray-100',
            'text_color'       => 'text-gray-800',
        default                         => [
            'background_color' => 'bg-blue-100',
            'text_color'       => 'text-blue-800',

If you do not specify a withMeta method, the meta will be an empty array.

For more details, visit Github.

Closing Notes

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Published at : 30-09-2022

Author : Rizwan Aslam
Rizwan Aslam

I am a highly results-driven professional with 12+ years of collective experience in the grounds of web application development especially in laravel, native android application development in java, and desktop application development in the dot net framework. Now managing a team of expert developers at Codebrisk.

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