Laravel Collections Sorting a collection


Example

There are a several different ways of sorting a collection.

Sort()

The sort method sorts the collection:

$collection = collect([5, 3, 1, 2, 4]);

$sorted = $collection->sort();

echo $sorted->values()->all();

returns : [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

The sort method also allows for passing in a custom callback with your own algorithm. Under the hood sort uses php's usort.

$collection = $collection->sort(function ($a, $b) {
    if ($a == $b) {
        return 0;
    }
    return ($a < $b) ? -1 : 1;
});

SortBy()

The sortBy method sorts the collection by the given key:

$collection = collect([
['name' => 'Desk', 'price' => 200],
['name' => 'Chair', 'price' => 100],
['name' => 'Bookcase', 'price' => 150],
]);

$sorted = $collection->sortBy('price');

echo $sorted->values()->all();

returns:  [
        ['name' => 'Chair', 'price' => 100],
        ['name' => 'Bookcase', 'price' => 150],
        ['name' => 'Desk', 'price' => 200],
    ]

The sortBy method allows using dot notation format to access deeper key in order to sort a multi-dimensional array.

$collection = collect([
    ["id"=>1,"product"=>['name' => 'Desk', 'price' => 200]],
    ["id"=>2, "product"=>['name' => 'Chair', 'price' => 100]],
    ["id"=>3, "product"=>['name' => 'Bookcase', 'price' => 150]],
    ]);

$sorted = $collection->sortBy("product.price")->toArray();

return: [
  ["id"=>2, "product"=>['name' => 'Chair', 'price' => 100]],
  ["id"=>3, "product"=>['name' => 'Bookcase', 'price' => 150]],
  ["id"=>1,"product"=>['name' => 'Desk', 'price' => 200]],
]

SortByDesc()

This method has the same signature as the sortBy method, but will sort the collection in the opposite order.