Creating Custom Helper Functions in Laravel


Creating custom helper functions in Laravel allows you to define your own utility functions that can be used throughout your application. These helper functions can simplify your code and make it more organized. Here's how you can create custom helper functions in Laravel:

Step 1: Create a New File

First, create a new PHP file in the `app` directory (or any other directory of your choice) to store your custom helper functions. For example, you can create a file named `helpers.php`:

touch app/helpers.php

Step 2: Define the Helper Functions

In the `helpers.php` file, define your custom helper functions as regular PHP functions. For example:


// app/helpers.php

function greet($name)


    return "Hello, " . ucfirst($name);


function formatCurrency($amount, $currency = 'USD')


    return $currency . number_format($amount, 2);


Step 3: Include the Helper File

Next, you need to include the `helpers.php` file so that Laravel can load your custom helper functions. To do this, open the `composer.json` file located in the root directory of your Laravel project.

Add the `files` section under `autoload` like this:

"autoload": {

    "files": [



    // ...


After adding the `app/helpers.php` file to the `files` array, save the `composer.json` file.

Step 4: Run Composer Dump-Autoload

After making changes to the `composer.json` file, you need to run the following command to reload the autoloader:

composer dump-autoload

Step 5: Use Custom Helper Functions

Now you can use your custom helper functions throughout your Laravel application. Since the `helpers.php` file is autoloaded, you don't need to include or import it explicitly. Just call your custom functions wherever needed:

// Somewhere in your controller or view

echo greet('John'); // Output: Hello, John

echo formatCurrency(12345.67, 'EUR'); // Output: EUR12,345.67

That's it! You have successfully created custom helper functions in Laravel, and you can use them across your entire application without the need to define or import them repeatedly.