How to Order the Results of all() in Laravel Eloquent?

Created June 22, 2021

Introduction

The Eloquent ORM included with Laravel provides you with an easy way of interacting with your database. This simplifies all CRUD (Create, read, update, and delete) operations and any other database queries.

Laravel provides a lot of handy methods that you could use to work with your Eloquent collections. More often than not, when getting some results from your database, you would want to order them based on specific criteria.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to order the results of all() in Laravel Eloquent!

Prerequisites

Before you start, you would need to have a Laravel application up and running.

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We will use a model called Post as an example in this tutorial.

Ordering the results on a query level

Before we cover how to sort the results on a collection level, let's first briefly cover how we would sort the results on a query level.

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Let's say that we wanted to sort all of our posts by name. When getting the results from the database, we could use the orderBy method followed by the get method:

$posts = Post::orderBy('name')->get();

If you added the toSql() method instead of the get() and used dd to print out the output as follows:

$posts = Post::orderBy('name')->toSql();
dd($posts);

The actual query, you would get the following output:

"select * from `posts` order by `name` asc";

So as you can see, the orderBy method actually represents the ORDER BY function in SQL.

By default, Eloquent will order by ascending, but you could also order by descending by using the orderByDesc() method:

$posts = Post::orderByDesc('name')->get();

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However, if you use all() rather than get() you would first get all of the entries from your Database and store them in a collection. And once you have the collection ready, you would need to use the available Laravel collection methods rather than the eloquent methods.

Ordering the results on a collection level with all()

To summarize the above, you can use the Eloquent methods while building your query, this would be a more efficient way of sorting your results. But you could also use the available collection methods to order the contents of a collection too.

This means that at a collection level, you could use the available sortBy method rather than the orderBy method, which is available at the query level.

Similar to the Eqluent methods, you can sort by ascending order using the sortBy method and sort by descending order using the sortByDesc method:

$posts = Post::all();

$posts->sortBy("name");
$posts = Post::all();

$posts->sortByDesc("name");

Alternatively, you could chain the method too:

// Ascending
$posts = Post::all()->sortBy("name");

//Descending
$posts = Post::all()->sortByDesc("name");

Whenever I have the chance, I would use the orderBy method, but it is still quite handy to be able to easily order your results on a collection level.

Conclusion

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