Laravel Custom Datatables filter and Search

In this tutorial you will learn about the Laravel Custom Datatables filter and Search and its application with practical example.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to add custom search or data filter to datatables. In this tutorial, we will be using yajra datatable package for listing of records with pagination, sorting and filter (search) feature. Laravel Yajra datatables package comes with many built-in features for searching and sorting functionality. In this article you will learn to add custom field for searching data without reloading or refreshing of page.

Before starting with example I assume that you already have fresh laravel 5.8 installation ready, if you have not installed it yet you can follow laravel 5 installation instruction here.

Install Laravel 5.8

First of all we need to create a fresh laravel project, download and install Laravel 5.8 using the below command

Configure Database In .env file

Now, lets create a MySQL database and connect it with laravel application. After creating database we need to set database credential in application’s .env file.


Generate Application Key

Open terminal and switch to the project directory and run the following command to generate application key and configure cache.

Set Default String Length

Locate the file “app/Providers/AppServiceProvider”, and add following line of code to the top of the file

and inside the boot method set a default string length as given below –

So this is how “app/Providers/AppServiceProvider” file looks like –

Create Database Table

Now, we have to define table schema for posts table. Open terminal and let’s run the following command to generate a migration file to create posts table in our database.

Once this command is executed you will find a migration file created under “database/migrations”. lets open migration file and put following code in it –

Run Migration

Now, run following command to migrate database schema.

After, the migration executed successfully the posts table will be created in database along with migrations, password_resets and users table.

Create Model

Next, we need to create a model called Post using below command.

Once, the above command is executed it will create a model file Post.php in app directory. Next, we have to assign fillable fields using fillable property inside Post.php file. Open app/Post.php file and put the following code in it –


Install Yajra Datatable Package

In this step, we will install Yajra Datatables Package via the composer dependency manager. Use the following command to install Yajra Datatables Package.

After Installing Yajra Datatables package, we need to add service provider and alias in config/app.php file as following.


Create Controller

Next, we have to create a controller to handle Ajax CRUD Operations. Create a controller named AjaxCrudController using command given below –

Once the above command executed, it will create a controller file AjaxCrudController.php in app/Http/Controllers/dtable directory. Open the dtable/AjaxCrudController.php file and put the following code in it.


Create Blade / View Files

In this step, we will create view/blade file to perform CRUD Operations. Lets create a blade file “custom_filter.blade.php” in “resources/views/dtable/” directory and put the following code in it respectively.


Create Routes

After this, we need to add following routes in “routes/web.php” file along with a resource route. Lets open “routes/web.php” file and add following route.


Now we are ready to run our example so lets start the development server using following artisan command –

Now, open the following URL in browser to see the output –


Output 1:-


Output 2:-

Select “Start Date” and “End Date” and hit Submit button to display corresponding posts.


In this tutorial we have learn about the Laravel Custom Datatables filter and Search and its application with practical example. I hope you will like this tutorial.