Laravel Cloning Models


You may find yourself needing to clone a row, maybe change a few attributes but you need an efficient way to keep things DRY. Laravel provides a sort of 'hidden' method to allow you to do this functionality. Though it is completely undocumented, you need to search through the API to find it.

Using $model->replicate() you can easily clone a record

$robot = Robot::find(1);
$cloneRobot = $robot->replicate();
// You can add custom attributes here, for example he may want to evolve with an extra arm!
$cloneRobot->arms += 1;

The above would find a robot that has an ID of 1, then clones it.