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Using Custom Models in Your Application

2019-04-27    models customization concord migrations

Vanilo uses Concord to manage its models. It means that every Vanilo model is ready to be customized by the application.

It's also very important that Vanilo will be aware of the customized model and it will be used in every piece of the code.

As an example if you customize the OrderItem model the Order::items() relationship will be automatically using the customized OrderItem model instead of the built in one.

Custom Model Example

  • Let's customize the OrderItem model in our application, by adding an additional field and a relationship to it.
  • In the example we will add a Referral relationship to order items.
  • We assume that the Referral model + table already exists in the application.

The customization of the order item model consists of 3 steps:

  1. Create the custom model class
  2. Register the customized model
  3. Create a migration for the extra fields

Custom Model Class

namespace App;

use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Relations\BelongsTo;
use Vanilo\Order\Models\OrderItem as BaseOrderItem;

class OrderItem extends BaseOrderItem
    public function referral(): BelongsTo
        return $this->belongsTo(Referral::class);

Registering the Custom Model

To use the customized model in your application register it in the AppServiceProvider::boot() method:

// app/Providers/AppServiceProvider.php
namespace App\Providers;

use Illuminate\Support\ServiceProvider;
use Vanilo\Order\Contracts\OrderItem as OrderItemContract;

class AppServiceProvider extends ServiceProvider
    public function boot()
            OrderItemContract::class, \App\OrderItem::class

Create a Migration

Just do it as with any usual Laravel migration:

// database/migrations/yyyy_mm_dd_HHiiss_add_referral_to_order_items.php

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

class AddReferralToOrderItems extends Migration
    public function up()
        Schema::table('order_items', function (Blueprint $table) {

    public function down()
        Schema::table('order_items', function (Blueprint $table) {

What Has Been Achived

1.) Whenever you retrieve an order its items are App\OrderItem model instances:

$order = Order::find(1);
$firstItem = $order->items->first();
echo get_class($firstItem);
// App\OrderItem

2.) You can set the referral_id:

$order = Order::create([
    'number' => 'PO123456'

    'product_type' => 'product',
    'product_id'   => 1234,
    'price'        => 100,
    'name'         => 'Something to sell',
    'referral_id'  => 456,
    'quantity'     => 1

3.) You can use the referral relationship:

foreach ($order->items as $item) {
    echo get_class($item->referral);
// App\Referral


  • If you just want to add simple fields to a model, it's not necessary to use a custom model since Eloquent will automatically be able to use those fields. In this case a migration is sufficient
  • If you don't want to inherit from the base model you can do so. But you have to implement the base interface in your model and you have to register it with Concord's registerModel method.