Laravel 8 Factory – Generate Dummy Data Tutorial

Laravel 8 Factory – Generate Dummy Data Tutorial

Laravel 8 factory. In this tutorial, we will show you how to generate dummy or fake data into database table using factory, faker, tinker and seeder in laravel 8 app.

Whenever you will test your Laravel app. At that time you need fake records in the database. So, you will be manually entering fake records in the database.

But the factory, faker, seeders, and tinker command has been given to generate and create the Laravel fake and dummy data in the database. Using this, you can add more than a thousand records to the database in minutes.

So, in this tutorial you will learn how to generate or create fake records into database using factory, faker, seeders and tinker command in laravel 8 app.

Create Fake Data using Faker and Factory in Laravel 8

Follow the below simple steps and generate/create fake data into database table using factory, faker and tinker command in laravel 8:

Step 1 – Install Laravel 8 App

Install or download laravel 8 application, so open terminal or command prompt and run the following command to install fresh laravel 8 app:

composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel blog

Step 2 – Configure Database with App

Configure database in .env file with this app:

DB_CONNECTION=mysql
DB_HOST=127.0.0.1
DB_PORT=3306
DB_DATABASE=db name
DB_USERNAME=db user name
DB_PASSWORD=db password

Step 3 – Create Model and Migration

Create one model and migration name Post using the following command:

php artisan make:model Post -m

After that, open create_posts_table.php file, which is found inside /database/migrations/ directory and update the following code in it:

<?php

use Illuminate\Database\Migrations\Migration;
use Illuminate\Database\Schema\Blueprint;
use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Schema;

class CreatePostsTable extends Migration
{
    /**
     * Run the migrations.
     *
     * @return void
     */
    public function up()
    {
        Schema::create('posts', function (Blueprint $table) {
            $table->id();
            $table->string('title');
            $table->text('description');
            $table->timestamps();
        });
    }

    /**
     * Reverse the migrations.
     *
     * @return void
     */
    public function down()
    {
        Schema::dropIfExists('posts');
    }
}

after that, Found Post.php modal inside app/Models directory and update the following code into it:

<?php

namespace App\Models;

use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Factories\HasFactory;
use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;

class Post extends Model
{
    use HasFactory;

    protected $fillable = [
        'title', 'description'
    ];
}

Step 4 – Create Factory Class

Create factory class named PostFactory by using the following command:

php artisan make:factory PostFactory --model=Post

After that, open PostFactory.php file, which is found inside database/factories/ directory. And update the following code in it:

<?php

namespace Database\Factories;

use App\Models\Post;
use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Factories\Factory;
use Illuminate\Support\Str;

class PostFactory extends Factory
{
    /**
     * The name of the factory's corresponding model.
     *
     * @var string
     */
    protected $model = Post::class;

    /**
     * Define the model's default state.
     *
     * @return array
     */
    public function definition()
    {
        return [
            'title' => $this->faker->title,
            'description' => $this->faker->text,
        ];
    }
}

The run the following command on command prompt to auto load dependencies:

composer dump-autoload

Step 5 – Run tinker, Factory Command

Execute the following command on command prompt to generate or create dummy data using tinker and factory command:

php artisan tinker

Post::factory()->count(20)->create()

Now, visit localhost/phpmyadmin and check database posts table.

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