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Definition & Principles#

Read Porto SAP Documentation (#Requests).


  • All Requests MUST extend from App\Ship\Parents\Requests\Request.
  • A Request MUST have a rules() function, returning an array and authorize() function to check for authorization (can return true when no authorization required).

Folder Structure#

 - app    - Containers        - {section-name}            - {container-name}                - UI                    - API                        - Requests                            - UpdateUserRequest.php                            - DeleteUserRequest.php                            - ...                    - WEB                        - Requests                            - UpdateUserRequest.php                            - DeleteUserRequest.php                            - ...

Code Samples#


class UpdateUserRequest extends Request{    protected array $access = [        'permission' => '',        'roles'      => 'admin',    ];
    protected array $decode = [
    protected array $urlParameters = [
    public function rules(): array    {        return [            'email'    => 'email|unique:users,email',            'password' => 'min:100|max:200',            'name'     => 'min:300|max:400',        ];    }
    public function authorize(): bool    {        return $this->check([            'hasAccess',        ]);    }}

If you are wondering what are those properties doing on the request! keep reading


public function updateUser(UpdateUserRequest $updateUserRequest){    ...}

By just injecting the request class you already applied the validation and authorization rules.

When you need to pass data to the Action, you should pass the request Object as it is to the Action's run() method parameter.

public function createAdmin(CreateAdminRequest $request){    $admin = app(CreateAdminAction::class)->run($request);    ...}

You can also retrieve inputs from request like you do in Laravel

public function run(CreateAdminRequest $request){    $data = $updateUserRequest->all();    $name = $updateUserRequest->name;    $name = $updateUserRequest->input('name');    // etc...}

Request Properties#

Apiato adds some new properties to the Request Class. Each of these properties are very useful for some situations, and let you achieve your goals faster and cleaner. Below we'll see a description for each property:


The $decode property is used for decoding Hashed ID's from any Request on the fly.

If you have enabled the HashID feature, most probably you are passing or allowing your users to pass Hashed (encoded) ID's into your application. These IDs need to be Decoded somewhere and Apiato has a property on its Requests Components where you can specify those Hashed ID's in order to decode them before applying the validation rules.


class AssignUserToRoleRequest extends Request{    protected array $decode = [        'user_id',        'item_id',    ];}

Note: validations rules that relies on your ID like (exists:users,id) will not work unless you decode your ID before passing it to the validation.


The $urlParameters property is used for applying validation rules on the URL parameters:

Laravel by default does not allow validating the URL parameters (/stores/999/items). In order to be able to apply validation rules on URL parameters you can simply define your URL parameters in the $urlParameters property. This will also allow you to access those parameters form the Controller in the same way you access the Request data.


class ConfirmUserEmailRequest extends Request{    protected array $urlParameters = [        'id',        'code',    ];
    public function rules(): array    {        return [            'id'   => 'required|integer', // url parameter            'code' => 'required|min:35|max:45', // url parameter        ];    }}


The $access property allows the user to define a set of Roles and Permissions that can access this endpoint.

The $access property is used by the hasAccess function defined below in the authorize function, to check if the user has the necessary Roles & Permissions to call this endpoint (basically access the controller function where this request object is injected).


class DeleteUserRequest extends Request{    protected array $access = [        'permission' => 'delete-users|another-permissions',        'roles' => 'manager'    ];
    public function authorize(): bool    {        return $this->check([            'hasAccess|isOwner',            'isKing',        ]);    }}

If you do not like the laravelish style with | in order to separate the different roles or permissions (e.g., see the example above), you can also use the array notation. The example from above would look like this (only part that changes):

    protected $access = [            'permission' => ['delete-users', 'another-permissions'],            'roles' => ['manager'],    ];

How the authorize function work#

The authorize function is calling a check function which accepts an array of function names. Each of those functions returns boolean.

In the example above we are calling three functions hasAccess, isOwner and isKing.

The separator | between the functions indicates an OR operation, so if any of the functions hasAccess or isOwner returns true the user will gain access and only when both return false the user will be prevented from accessing this endpoint.

On the other side if isKing (a custom function could be written by you anywhere) returned false no matter what all other functions returns, the user will be prevented from accessing this endpoint, because the default operation between all functions in the array is AND.

Checkout the hasAccess below.

Add Custom Authorize Functions#

The best way to add a custom authorize function is through a Trait, which can be added to your Request classes. In the example below we create a Trait named IsAuthorPermissionTrait with a single method called isAuthor.

The isAuthor() method, in turn, calls a Task to verify that the current user is an author (e.g., if the user has the proper Role assigned).

trait IsAuthorPermissionTrait{    public function isAuthor()    {        // The task needs to be implemented properly!        return app(CheckIfUserHasProperRoleTask::class)->run($this->user(), ['author']);    }}

Now, add the newly created Trait to the Request to use the isAuthor function in the authorization check.

class FindUserByIdRequest extends Request{    use IsAuthorPermissionTrait;
    // ...
    public function authorize(): bool    {        return $this->check([            'isAuthor',        ]);    }}

Now, the Request uses the newly created isAuthor method to check the proper access rights.

Allow a Role to access every endpoint#

You can allow some Roles to access every endpoint in the system without having to define that role in each Request object.

This is useful when you want to let users with Admin role access everything.

To do this, define those roles in app/Ship/Configs/apiato.php as follows:

'requests' => [    'allow-roles-to-access-all-routes' => ['admin',],],

This will append the admin role to all roles access in every request object. Example: this 'roles' => 'manager' becomes 'roles' => 'manager|admin' (if the user is manager or admin "has any of the roles", will be allowed to access the endpoint function).

Request Helper Functions#

Apiato also provides some helpful functions by default, so you can use them whenever you need them.


hasAccess function, decides if user has Access or not based on the $access property.

  • If the user has any roles or permissions he will be given access.

  • If you need more or less roles/permissions just add | between each permission.

  • If you do not need to set a roles/permissions just set 'permission' => '' or 'permission' => null.


Get the data from within the $request by entering the name of the field. This function behaves like $request->input(''), however, it works on the decoded values instead of the original data.

Consider the following Request data in case you are passing application/json data instead of x-www-form-urlencoded:

{  "data" : {    "name"  : "foo",    "description" : "bar"  },  "id" : "a2423nadabada0"}

Calling $request->input('id') would return "a2423nadabada0", however $request->getInputByKey('id') would return the decoded value (e.g., 4).

Furthermore, one can define a default value to be returned, if the key is not present (or not set), like so: $request->getInputByKey('', 'Undefined')


Especially for PATCH requests, if you like to submit only the fields, to be changed to the API in order to:

a) minimize the traffic
b) partially update the respective resource

Checking for the presence (or absence) of specific keys in the request typically results in huge if blocks, like so:

if($request->has('')) {   $data['name'] = $request->input(''); // or use getInputByKey()}
if($request->has('data.description')) {   $data['description'] = $request->input('data.description'); // or use getInputByKey()}

So to avoid those if blocks, you might use array_filter($data) in order to remove empty fields from the request.

However, in PHP false and '' (empty string) are also considered empty (which is not what you want clearly).

You can read more about this problem here.

In order to simplify sanitizing Request Data when using application/json instead of x-www-form-urlencoded, apiato offers a convenient sanitizeInput(array $fields) method.

Consider the following Request data:

{    "data" : {        "is_private" : false,        "description" : "this is a rather long description text",        "a" : null,        "b" : 3453,        "foo" : {            "a" : "a",            "b" : "b",            "c" : 1234        },        "bar" : [            "a", "b", "c"        ]    }}

This method lets you specify a list of $fields to be accessed and extracted from the $request. This is done using the DOT notation. Finally, call the sanitizeInput() method on the $request:

$fields = [    '',    'data.description',    'data.is_private',    'data.blabla',    ''];$data = $request->sanitizeInput($fields);

The extracted $data looks like this:

[  "data" => [    "is_private" => false    "description" => "this is a rather long description text"    "foo" => [      "c" => 1234    ]  ]]

Note that data.blabla is not within the $data array, as it was not present within the $request. Furthermore, all other fields from the $request are omitted as they are not specified. So basically, the method creates some kind of filter on the $request, only passing the defined values. Furthermore, the DOT Notation allows you to easily specify the fields to would like to pass through. This makes partially updating a resource quite easy!

You can also set default values while sanitizing data from the request

$sanitizedData = $request->sanitizeInput([    'name' => 'John', // if name is not provided then default value will be set    '' => 'Somewhere in the world', // dot notation is also supported    'email',    'password']);


Sometimes you might want to map input from the request to other fields in order to automatically pass it to a Action or Task. Of course, you can manually map those fields, but you can also rely on the mapInput(array $fields) helper function.

This helper, in turn, allows to "redefine" keys in the request for subsequent processing. Consider the following example request:

{    "data" : {        "name" : "John Doe"    }}

Your Task to process this data, however, requests the field as data.username. You can call the helper like this:

$request->mapInput([    '' => 'data.username',]);

The resulting structure would look like this:

{    "data" : {        "username" : "John Doe"    }}

Storing Data on the Request#

During the Request life-cycle you may want to store some data on the request object and pass it to other SubActions (or Tasks).

To store some data on the request use:

$request->keep(['someKey' => $someValue]);

To retrieve the data back at any time during the request life-cycle use:

$someValue = $request->retrieve('someKey');

Unit Testing for Actions (Request)#

Since we're passing Request objects to Actions. When writing unit tests we need to create fake Request just to pass it to the Action with some fake data.

// creating$request = RegisterUserRequest::injectData($data);

Example One:

$data = [    'email'    => '[email protected]',    'name'     => 'John Doe',    'password' => 'so-secret',];
// create request object with some data$request = RegisterUserRequest::injectData($data);
// create instance of the Action$action = app(RegisterUserAction::class)->run($request);
// do any kind of assertions..$this->assertInstanceOf(User::class, $user);

Example Two (With Authenticated User):

$data = [   'store_id'  => $this->encode($store->id),   'items'     => $orderItems,   'recipient' => $receipient,];
$user = User::factory()->create();
$request = MakeOrderRequest::injectData($data, $user);
$order = app(MakeOrderAction::class)->run($request);