spatie / laravel-db-snapshots by spatie

Quickly dump and load databases
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Maintainer Username: spatie
Maintainer Contact: (Freek Van der Herten)
Package Create Date: 2017-03-17
Package Last Update: 2019-11-06
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Language: PHP
License: MIT
Last Refreshed: 2020-01-17 03:25:52
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Total Downloads: 172,026
Monthly Downloads: 10,459
Daily Downloads: 824
Total Stars: 559
Total Watchers: 13
Total Forks: 57
Total Open Issues: 2

Quickly dump and load databases

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This package provides Artisan commands to quickly dump and load databases in a Laravel application.

# Create a dump
php artisan snapshot:create my-first-dump

# Make some changes to your db
# ...

# Create another dump
php artisan snapshot:create my-second-dump

# Load up the first dump
php artisan snapshot:load my-first-dump

# List all snapshots
php artisan snapshot:list

This package supports MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite.


You can install the package via Composer:

composer require spatie/laravel-db-snapshots

In Laravel 5.5 and above, the package will autoregister the service provider. For Laravel 5.4 or below you must install this service provider to config/app.php:

'providers' => [
    // ...

And finally you should add a disk named snapshots to app/config/filesystems.php on which the snapshots will be saved. This would be a typical configuration:

// ...
'disks' => [
    // ...
    'snapshots' => [
        'driver' => 'local',
        'root' => database_path('snapshots'),
// ...    

Optionally, you may publish the configuration file with:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Spatie\DbSnapshots\DbSnapshotsServiceProvider" --tag="config"

This is the content of the published file:

return [

     * The name of the disk on which the snapshots are stored.
    'disk' => 'snapshots',

     * The connection to be used to create snapshots. Set this to null
     * to use the default configured in `config/databases.php`
    'default_connection' => null,

     * The directory where temporary files will be stored.
    'temporary_directory_path' => storage_path('app/laravel-db-snapshots/temp'),

     * Create dump files that are gzipped
    'compress' => false,


To create a snapshot (which is just a dump from the database) run:

php artisan snapshot:create my-first-dump

Giving your snapshot a name is optional. If you don't pass a name the current date time will be used:

# Creates a snapshot named something like `2017-03-17 14:31`
php artisan snapshot:create

When creating snapshots, you can optionally create compressed snapshots. To do this either pass the --compress option on the command line, or set the db-snapshots.compress configuration option to true:

# Creates a snapshot named my-compressed-dump.sql.gz
php artisan snapshot:create my-compressed-dump --compress

After you've made some changes to the database you can create another snapshot:

php artisan snapshot:create my-second-dump

To load a previous dump issue this command:

php artisan snapshot:load my-first-dump

To load a previous dump to another DB connection:

php artisan snapshot:load my-first-dump --connection=connectionName

To list all the dumps run:

php artisan snapshot:list

A dump can be deleted with:

php artisan snapshot:delete my-first-dump


There are several events fired which can be used to perform some logic of your own:

  • Spatie\DbSnapshots\Events\CreatingSnapshot: will be fired before a snapshot is created
  • Spatie\DbSnapshots\Events\CreatedSnapshot: will be fired after a snapshot has been created
  • Spatie\DbSnapshots\Events\LoadingSnapshot: will be fired before a snapshot is loaded
  • Spatie\DbSnapshots\Events\LoadedSnapshot: will be fired after a snapshot has been loaded
  • Spatie\DbSnapshots\Events\DeletingSnapshot: will be fired before a snapshot is deleted
  • Spatie\DbSnapshots\Events\DeletedSnapshot: will be fired after a snapshot has been deleted


Please see CHANGELOG for more information what has changed recently.


composer test


Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.


If you discover any security related issues, please email instead of using the issue tracker.


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