CakePHP 4 Database Seeding Using Faker Library

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Inside this article we will understand CakePHP 4 Database Seeding Using Faker Library. Article contains classified information about generating seeders for database table.

Seeders are those files which generates “test data” for database table. Database Seeding means Inserting Sample data inside database tables. This is usually we do to Test application.

Faker library provides several methods and properties which generates fake data for application. This is a composer package needs to install inside CakePHP 4 application.

In this article we will seed data for table products. Product table will have the columns and their attributes as –

  • id [INTEGER]
  • name [STRING]
  • cost [INTEGER]
  • product_image [STRING]
  • description [TEXT]
  • status [ENUM]
  • created_at [TIMESTAMP]

CakePHP CLI gives a smart option to create seeder files. We will use bin/cake CLI to generate seeder files.

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Let’s get started.


CakePHP 4 Installation

To create a CakePHP project, run this command into your shell or terminal. Make sure composer should be installed in your system.

$ composer create-project --prefer-dist cakephp/app:~4.0 mycakephp

Above command will creates a project with the name called mycakephp.


Database Connection

Open app_local.php file from /config folder. Search for Datasources. Go to default array of it.

You can add your connection details here to connect with your database. It will be like this –

//...

'Datasources' => [
        'default' => [
            'host' => 'localhost',
            /*
             * CakePHP will use the default DB port based on the driver selected
             * MySQL on MAMP uses port 8889, MAMP users will want to uncomment
             * the following line and set the port accordingly
             */
            //'port' => 'non_standard_port_number',

            'username' => 'root',
            'password' => 'sample@123',

            'database' => 'mydatabase',
            /*
             * If not using the default 'public' schema with the PostgreSQL driver
             * set it here.
             */
            //'schema' => 'myapp',

            /*
             * You can use a DSN string to set the entire configuration
             */
            'url' => env('DATABASE_URL', null),
        ],
  
     //...

//...

You can pass host, username, password and database.

Successfully, you are now connected with the database.


Create Migration

Let’s create a migration file for “products” table.

Open project into terminal and run this command

$ bin/cake bake migration CreateProducts

This command will create a migration file inside /config/Migrations folder. File name will be prefixed with the timestamp value and look like 20220217021429_CreateProducts.php

Open migration file and write this code into it to create “products” table schema.

<?php

declare(strict_types=1);

use Migrations\AbstractMigration;

class CreateProducts extends AbstractMigration
{
    /**
     * Change Method.
     *
     * More information on this method is available here:
     * https://book.cakephp.org/phinx/0/en/migrations.html#the-change-method
     * @return void
     */
    public function change()
    {
        $table = $this->table('products');

        $table->addColumn('name', 'string', [
            'limit' => 120,
            'null' => false,
        ]);
        $table->addColumn('cost', 'integer', [
            'limit' => 5,
            'null' => false,
        ]);
        $table->addColumn('product_image', 'string', [
            'limit' => 220,
            'null' => true,
        ]);
        $table->addColumn('description', 'text', [
            'null' => true,
        ]);
        $table->addColumn('status', 'enum', [
            'values' => [1, 0],
            'default' => 1
        ]);
        $table->addColumn('created_at', 'timestamp', [
            'default' => 'CURRENT_TIMESTAMP',
            'null' => false,
        ]);

        $table->create();
    }
}

Run Migration

Open terminal and run this command to create table schema.

$ bin/cake migrations migrate

In this table we will seed data.


Install fzaninotto/faker Library

Open project into terminal and run this command to install faker library.

$ composer require fzaninotto/faker

It will installs faker library into application.

Now, we can use faker library to create fake data.


Create Data Seeder

To create data seeder, run this command to terminal.

$ bin/cake bake seed Products

It will create a file ProductsSeed.php inside /config/Seeds folder.

Open ProductsSeed.php and write this code into it.

<?php

declare(strict_types=1);

use Migrations\AbstractSeed;

/**
 * Products seed.
 */
class ProductsSeed extends AbstractSeed
{
    /**
     * Run Method.
     *
     * Write your database seeder using this method.
     *
     * More information on writing seeds is available here:
     * https://book.cakephp.org/phinx/0/en/seeding.html
     *
     * @return void
     */
    public function run()
    {
        $faker = Faker\Factory::create();
        $data = [];
        for ($i = 0; $i < 100; $i++) {
            $data[] = [
                'name'      => $faker->name(),
                'cost'      => $faker->numberBetween(100, 1000),
                'product_image' => $faker->imageUrl(),
                'description'   => $faker->sentence(6),
                'status'    => $faker->randomElement([1, 0])
            ];
        }

        $table = $this->table('products');
        $table->insert($data)->save();
    }
}

Inside above code we are inserting 100 Test rows of products into table.

Run Seeder

Back to terminal and run this command to seed data into table.

$ bin/cake migrations seed

This command will run the seeder from Seeds folder.

We hope this article helped you to learn about CakePHP 4 Database Seeding Using Faker Library Tutorial in a very detailed way.

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