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Basic Database Usage


Laravel makes connecting with databases and running queries extremely simple. The database configuration file is config/database.php. In this file you may define all of your database connections, as well as specify which connection should be used by default. Examples for all of the supported database systems are provided in this file.

Currently Laravel supports four database systems: MySQL, Postgres, SQLite, and SQL Server.

Read / Write Connections

Sometimes you may wish to use one database connection for SELECT statements, and another for INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements. Laravel makes this a breeze, and the proper connections will always be used whether you are using raw queries, the query builder, or the Eloquent ORM.

To see how read / write connections should be configured, let's look at this example:

'mysql' => [
'read' => [
'host' => '',
'write' => [
'host' => ''
'driver' => 'mysql',
'database' => 'database',
'username' => 'root',
'password' => '',
'charset' => 'utf8',
'collation' => 'utf8_unicode_ci',
'prefix' => '',

Note that two keys have been added to the configuration array: read and write. Both of these keys have array values containing a single key: host. The rest of the database options for the read and write connections will be merged from the main mysql array. So, we only need to place items in the read and write arrays if we wish to override the values in the main array. So, in this case, will be used as the "read" connection, while will be used as the "write" connection. The database credentials, prefix, character set, and all other options in the main mysql array will be shared across both connections.

Running Queries

Once you have configured your database connection, you may run queries using the DB facade.

Running A Select Query

$results = DB::select('select * from users where id = ?', [1]);

The select method will always return an array of results.

You may also execute a query using named bindings:

$results = DB::select('select * from users where id = :id', ['id' => 1]);

Running An Insert Statement

DB::insert('insert into users (id, name) values (?, ?)', [1, 'Dayle']);

Running An Update Statement

DB::update('update users set votes = 100 where name = ?', ['John']);

Running A Delete Statement

DB::delete('delete from users');

Note: The update and delete statements return the number of rows affected by the operation.

Running A General Statement

DB::statement('drop table users');

Listening For Query Events

You may listen for query events using the DB::listen method:

DB::listen(function($sql, $bindings, $time)

Database Transactions

To run a set of operations within a database transaction, you may use the transaction method:

DB::table('users')->update(['votes' => 1]);

Note: Any exception thrown within the transaction closure will cause the transaction to be rolled back automatically.

Sometimes you may need to begin a transaction yourself:


You can rollback a transaction via the rollback method:


Lastly, you can commit a transaction via the commit method:


Accessing Connections

When using multiple connections, you may access them via the DB::connection method:

$users = DB::connection('foo')->select(...);

You may also access the raw, underlying PDO instance:

$pdo = DB::connection()->getPdo();

Sometimes you may need to reconnect to a given database:


If you need to disconnect from the given database due to exceeding the underlying PDO instance's max_connections limit, use the disconnect method:


Query Logging

Laravel can optionally log in memory all queries that have been run for the current request. Be aware that in some cases, such as when inserting a large number of rows, this can cause the application to use excess memory. To enable the log, you may use the enableQueryLog method:


To get an array of the executed queries, you may use the getQueryLog method:

$queries = DB::getQueryLog();