Tag Archives: PHP

Laravel, laravel-mongodb, Laravel Forge, and PHP 7

Oookay, so for some reason the mix from the title was a big deal. When you try to install laravel-mongodb package on servers created by Laravel Homestead or Forge – it’s going to fail. To be specific, when you try to run:

composer require jenssegers/mongodb

composer is going to start bitching about missing mongodb php extension. And you can’t install it until you run:

sudo apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev

Then you’ll be good to go. Install the new mongodb extension by running:

sudo pecl install mongodb

and then add the following line to your php.ini file (probably /etc/php/7.0/cli/php.ini & /etc/php/7.0/fpm/php.ini):


That should be it. Don’t forget to restart nginx.

laravel-mongodb – complex query example

Complex queries can be pretty hard to translate. I tried to convert a PostgreSQL query for grouping by a boolean and a date at the same time. Here is my original Eloquent query:

ModelName::selectRaw('COUNT(*) AS "count", boolean_one, date_trunc(\'day\', created_at) as date')
    ->where('created_at', '>=', Carbon::now()->subMonth())
    ->where('boolean_two', '=', $booleanTwo)
    ->where('string_value', 'LIKE', $searchForString . '%')

And here’s the same query translated, using Moloquent:

ModelName::raw(function ($collection) {
    return $collection->aggregate([
            '$match' => [
                'created_at'   => ['$gt' => new MongoDate(Carbon::now()->subMonths(1)->timestamp)],
                'boolean_two'  => $booleanTwo,
                'string_value' => ['$regex' => new MongoRegex('/.*' . $searchForString . '.*/')]

            '$group' => [
                '_id'   => [
                    'month'       => ['$month' => '$created_at'],
                    'day'         => ['$dayOfMonth' => '$created_at'],
                    'year'        => ['$year' => '$created_at'],
                    'boolean_one' => '$boolean_one'
                'count' => [
                    '$sum' => 1

Connecting to Heroku Postgre from a remote host

It was kind of tricky to figure out, but it turned out that Heroku Postgre requires some SSL tricks to connect from outside. Here are my PHPStorm connection settings, Advanced tab: