Implement facet filtering in a Laravel project.







Laravel Facet Filter

This package provides simple facet filtering in Laravel projects.


Feel free to contribute to this package, either by creating a pull request or reporting an issue.


This package can be installed through Composer.

composer require mgussekloo/laravel-facet-filter

Prepare your project

Publish and run the migrations

php artisan vendor:publish --tag="facet-filter-migrations"
php artisan migrate

Update your model

For all models that should support facet filtering, add a Facettable trait and a defineFacets() method. This method returns a title and model property from which to pull the value(s) for each facet.

use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;
use Mgussekloo\FacetFilter\Traits\Facettable;

class Product extends Model
    use Facettable;

    public static function defineFacets()
        return [
                'Main color', /* Title of the facet */
                'color' /* Model property from which to get values */
                '' /* Use dot notation to get the value from related models. */


Build the index

The included simple indexer iterates over models, populating the facetrows table based on the facet definitions.

namespace App\Console\Commands;

use Illuminate\Console\Command;

use App\Models\Product;
use Mgussekloo\FacetFilter\Indexer;

class IndexFacets extends Command

    public function handle()
        /* Build the whole index in one go */
        $products = Product::with(['sizes'])->get();
        $indexer = new Indexer($products);

        $indexer->resetIndex(); // clears the index
        $indexer->buildIndex(); // process all supplied models

Alternatively, for very large datasets you might want to process models in chunks.

$perPage = 1000; $currentPage = ...;

$products = Product::with(['sizes'])->paginate($perPage, ['*'], 'page', $currentPage);
$indexer = new Indexer($products);

if ($currentPage == 1) {


if ($products->hasMorePages()) {}
    // next iteration, increase currentPage with one


Get the filter

The filter array contains the selected values for each facet of the model, keyed by the facet title. In most cases this is determined by the GET parameters of the request.

/* Get the filter from an array, e.g. /?main-color=green&size=[s,m] will result in [ 'main-color' => [ 'green' ], 'size' => [ 's', 'm' ] ] */
$arr = request()->all();
$filter = Product::getFilterFromArr($arr);

/* From a single query parameter, e.g. /?filter[main-color][0]=green will result in: [ 'main-color' => [ 'green' ], 'size' => [ ] ] */
$arr = request()->query('filter');
$filter = Product::getFilterFromArr($arr)

Apply facet filtering to a query

A local scope on the Facettable trait, facetsMatchFilter(), applies the filter to the query.

/* Apply the filter to a query. */
$products = Product::facetsMatchFilter($filter)->get();

/* Or ... */
$products = Product::where('discounted', true)->facetsMatchFilter($filter)->pluck('id');

/* Calling getFacets() after facetsMatchFilter() takes the last query
into account automagically so that the facet options will have the correct count
for the current results. */
$facets = Product::getFacets($filter);

Displaying the facets

This package doesn't include a frontend. You are free to set it up how you like.

The getFacets() method takes a $filter argument and returns a collection of facets. Each facet has a title and a getOptions() method that returns all options for this facet. Each option has these properties: value, slug, selected (whether it's selected in the filter), total (total occurrences within current results).

/* Get the facets for a model. */
$facets = Product::getFacets($filter);

/* Since the method returns a collection, you can iterate or find the one you need easily. */
$singleFacet = $facets->firstWhere('fieldname', 'color');

/* Get the options for a facet */
$options = $singleFacet->getOptions();

/* Example value:
        'value' => 'Red'
        'selected' => false,
        'total' => 3
        'slug' => 'color_red'
        'value' => 'Green'
        'selected' => true
        'total' => 2
        'slug' => 'color_green'

To let the user select facets you will have to update the filter. In most cases by setting the query parameter(s). You could use something like a form submit or AJAX request. The example below uses Laravel Livewire's wire:model directive.

<h2>{{ $facet->title }}</h2>
@foreach ($facet->getOptions() as $option)
    <div class="facet-checkbox-pill">
            wire:model="filter.{{ $facet->getParamName() }}"
            id="{{ $option->slug }}"
            value="{{ $option->value }}"
        <label for="{{ $option->slug }}" class="{{ $option->selected ? 'selected' : '' }}">
            {{ $option->value }} ({{ $option->total }})


The MIT License (MIT). Please see License File for more information.