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Laravel 7 short-cuts to writing foreign keys

wolfiton profile image wolfiton ・1 min read

Hi everyone,

Today I want to write about a quick tip to use when writing foreign keys in Laravel 7.

This method will help you write shorter migrations and make your code more readable.

For our example, I am going to use the user_id which is very common but this can be applied to any foreign key.

In the past we would write something like this:

$table->unsignedBigInteger('user_id')
->index();

$table->foreign('user_id')
->references('id')
->on('users')
->onDelete('cascade');

Hmm, pretty verbose right?

The good news Dear reader is that we can write now like this:

$table->foreignId('user_id')
->index()
->constrained()
->onDelete('cascade');

Much nicer and easier to read, I hope you enjoyed this tip Dear Reader.

If you find it useful share it on social with your friends.

Have a nice day.

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