How to Add Multiple Where Clauses Using Laravel Eloquent?

How to Add Multiple Where Clauses Using Laravel Eloquent?

Written by Bobby Iliev on Dec 13th, 2020 Views Report Post


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.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to add multiple where clauses using Laravel Eloquent!


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

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If you do not have that yet, you can follow the steps from this tutorial on how to do that:

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Chaining multiple where clauses together

Generally speaking, you could chain multiple where methods together like this:

        $posts = Post::where('status', 'published')
                        ->where('featured', '')
                        ->where('author_id', 1)

The output of the above to pure SQL with the toSql method would look like this:

"select * from `posts` where `status` = ? and `featured` = ? and `author_id` = ?"

So the first where method is translated to an actual where in SQL, and then each where clause is translated to an AND in SQL.

Passning an array to the where method

An alternative to the above would be to pass an array with your specific rules. This would look like this:

        $posts = Post::where(['status' => 'published',
                            'featured' => '',
                            'author_id' => 1,


"select * from `posts` where (`status` = ? and `featured` = ? and `author_id` = ?)"

In case that you needed to give different rules rather than the default equals to, you could use the following syntax:

$posts = Post::where([
                    ['status', '=', 'published'],
                    ['featured', '!=', 'no'],
                    ['author_id', '>', 0],

The raw SQL for the above would look like this:

"select * from `posts` where (`status` = ? and `featured` != ? and `author_id` > ?)"

Using orWhere Clauses

In case you want your clauses to be joined with OR rather than AND, you could use the orWhere method:

$posts = Post::where('status', 'published')
                ->orWhere('featured', '')
                ->orWhere('author_id', 1)


"select * from `posts` where `status` = ? or `featured` = ? or `author_id` = ?"


For more information and useful tips on Laravel Eloquent, make sure to check this tutorial here:

I strongly suggest checking out the official Laravel Documentation:

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