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Laravel retreiving records in a random order

Retrieving records in a random order is simple with MySQL using the RAND() function but it's not very random ironically especially when dealing with a few records. a better way is to make use of inRandomOrder attribute that Laravel provides for models.

In this example return 3 records in a random order.

$rand = Post::inRandomOrder()->take(3)->get();

 

David Carr

David Carr

For the past 12 years, I’ve been developing applications for the web using mostly PHP. I do this for a living and love what I do as every day there is something new and exciting to learn.

In my spare time, the web development community is a big part of my life. Whether managing online programming groups and blogs or attending a conference, I find keeping involved helps me stay up to date. This is also my chance to give back to the community that helped me get started, a place I am proud to be apart of.

Besides programming I love spending time with friends and family and can often be found together going out catching the latest movie, staying in playing games on the sofa or planning a trip to someplace I’ve never been before.