How to import and export to excel and csv in laravel 5 using maatwebsite


In this tutorial, we will learn how to export and import data to excel / csv sheet with maatwebsite.

Laravel Excel is intended at being Laravel-flavoured PhpSpreadsheet: a simple, but an elegant wrapper around PhpSpreadsheet with the goal of simplifying exports and imports.

PhpSpreadsheet is a library written in pure PHP and providing a set of classes that allow you to read from and to write to different spreadsheet file formats, like Excel and LibreOffice Calc.

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  1. Laravel ^5.5
  2. maatwebsite / laravel-excel
  3. PhpSpreadsheet ^1.6
  4. PHP Extension for excel
    1. PHP extension php_zip
    2. PHP extension php_xml
    3. PHP extension php_gd2

Maatwebsite/Laravel-excel package installation

Before we start to install maatwebsite/excel package. Install the following extensions that require the package.

sudo apt install php-xml
sudo apt install php7.0-gd
sudo apt install php7.0-mbstring
sudo apt install php-zip

To install maatwebsite excel package navigate to your project directory and enter the following command

composer require maatwebsite/excel

The above command will install maatwebsite/excel package as well as phpSpreadsheet. Next, we need to register the Maatwebsite\Excel\ExcelServiceProvider in the app.php file which can be located under your-project/config directory. To do so copy and paste the following code to the app.php file.

'providers' => [

add the following facade in the same file app.php

'aliases' => [
    'Excel' => Maatwebsite\Excel\Facades\Excel::class,

Next, Enter the following command to publish the config file

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Maatwebsite\Excel\ExcelServiceProvider"

This command will create a new file in config/Excel.php


Step 2. Create migration

For this tutorial, we will create a table posts to test the export and import of excel sheet.

Let's quickly create a migration. To do so enter the following command.

php artisan make:migration create_posts_table

The above command will create a migration file under database/migrations. Edit the file and the following code


public function up()
    Schema::create('posts', function (Blueprint $table) {

Next, run the following command to run the migration.

php artisan migrate

The above command will create a posts table in your database.

Now let's put some data in posts table using laravel factories. To do so create a factory class and a seeder class. Enter the below command to create

php artisan make:factory PostFactory
php artisan make:seeder PostSeeder

Now add the below code to PostFactory.



/** @var \Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Factory $factory */

use App\Post;
use Faker\Generator as Faker;

$factory->define(Post::class, function (Faker $faker) {
    return [
        'title' => $faker->sentence,
        'description' => $faker->paragraph

Next, add the following code to PostSeeder.


public function run()
    factory('App\Post', 20)->create();

Next call the PostSeeder class to database seeder file


public function run()

Finally, run the following command to seed (insert the dummy data) to the table.

php artisan db:seed

Export data using laravel excel

To export, the data let's quickly list all the posts. To do so we need to create a controller.

php artisan make:controller PostController

Now create two functions index to list all the posts and exportPost to export the post table.


public function index()
    $posts = \App\Post::all();

    return view('posts', compact('posts'));

public function exportPost()

For now, exportPost function is empty. we will come to this function later. Now create a view file to list all the posts.



<div class="container">
    <div class="row justify-content-center">
        <div class="col-md-4">
        <div class="col-md-4">
            <a href="/export-posts" class="float-right btn btn-danger">Export</a>
        <div class="col-md-8">
            <table class="table">
                    @foreach($posts as $post)
                        <td>{{ $post->id }}</td>
                        <td>{{ $post->title }}</td>
                        <td>{{ $post->description }}</td>

Now let's create a route for export-posts and to list the posts.

Route::get('/posts', 'HomeController@index');
Route::get('/export-posts', 'HomeController@exportPost');

Next, We'll create an export class with the following command.

php artisan make:export PostExport --model=Post

The above command will create a file under app/Export/PostExport.php. Now import the PostExport and Excel Facade in your controller. Copy and paste the following code above your PostController class.


use App\Exports\PostExport;
use Maatwebsite\Excel\Facades\Excel;

Now replace the following code with exportPost function which we had left earlier.


public function exportPost()
    return Excel::download(new PostExport, 'posts.xlsx');