Creating and configuring aggregates

An aggregate is a class that decides to record events based on past events.

Creating an aggregate

The easiest way to create an aggregate root would be to use the make:aggregate command:

php artisan make:aggregate MyAggregate

This will create a class like this:

namespace App\Aggregates;

use Spatie\EventSourcing\AggregateRoots\AggregateRoot;

class MyAggregate extends AggregateRoot

Retrieving an aggregate

An aggregate can be retrieved like this:


This will cause all events with the given uuid to be retrieved and fed to the aggregate. For example, an event MoneyAdded will be passed to the applyMoneyAdded method on the aggregate if such a method exists.

Recording events

Inside an aggregate you can record new events using the recordThat function. All events being passed to that function should implement Spatie\EventSourcing\ShouldBeStored.

Here’s an example event

use Spatie\EventSourcing\StoredEvents\ShouldBeStored;

class MoneyAdded extends ShouldBeStored
    /** @var int */
    private $amount

    public function __construct(int $amount)
        $this->amount = $amount;

Inside an aggregate root you can pass the event to recordThat:

// somewhere inside your aggregate
public function addMoney(int $amount)
    $this->recordThat(new MoneyAdded($amount));

Calling recordThat will not persist the event to the DB, that will happen when the aggregate itself gets persisted. However, recording an event will cause it getting applied to the aggregate immediately. For example, when you record the event MoneyAdded, we’ll immediately call applyMoneyAdded on the aggregate.

Notice that your event isn’t required to contain the $uuid. Your aggregate is built up for a specific $uuid and under the hood, the package will save that $uuid along with the event when the aggregate gets persisted.

Persisting aggregates

To persist an aggregate call persist on it. Here’s an example:

MyAggregate::retrieve($uuid) // will cause all events for this uuid to be fed to the `apply*` methods
   // call methods that record events
   ->persist(); //

Persisting an aggregate root will write all newly recorded events to the database. The newly persisted events will get passed to all projectors and reactors.

By default, the event won’t be fired on Laravels event bus. To dispatch events when they are stored, you can set the dispatch_events_from_aggregate_roots value in the event-sourcing config file to true.