Laravel 5 import export to excel and csv using maatwebsite example.

By Hardik Savani November 5, 2023 Category : Laravel Maatwebsite Pingpong

In this post i will show you how to import excel or csv to store in database and how to export or download excel or csv file from database table by maatwebsite. maatwebsite packages throught you can easily get data, also you can group by data, also create more then one sheet etc. so now i show you simple example of items table data, you can donwload in xls, xlsx and csv formate and also you import data in xls, xlsx and csv formate file. In following few step you can implement import and export both function in your project. First see your browser preview will become like this:


Preivew Of Import File:

Step 1: Installation

Open your composer.json file and add bellow line in required package.

Laravel 5

"maatwebsite/excel": "~2.1.0"

Laravel 4

"maatwebsite/excel": "~1.3"

Then, run command composer update

Now open config/app.php file and add service provider and aliase.

'providers' => [




'aliases' => [


'Excel' => 'Maatwebsite\Excel\Facades\Excel',



If you are using Laravel 5 then fire following command:

php artisan vendor:publish

If you are using Laravel 4 then fire following command:

php artisan config:publish maatwebsite/excel

This command will create config file for excel package.

Step 3: Create Table and Model

In this step we have to create migration for items table using Laravel 5 php artisan command, so first fire bellow command:

php artisan make:migration create_items_table

After this command you will find one file in following path database/migrations and you have to put bellow code in your migration file for create items table.

use Illuminate\Database\Schema\Blueprint;

use Illuminate\Database\Migrations\Migration;

class CreateItemsTable extends Migration


public function up()


Schema::create('items', function (Blueprint $table) {







public function down()





After craete "items" table you should craete Item model for items, so first create file in this path app/Item.php and put bellow content in item.php file:


namespace App;

use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;

class Item extends Model


public $fillable = ['title','description'];


Step 3: Create Route

In this is step we need to create route of import export file. so open your app/Http/routes.php file and add following route.

Route::get('importExport', 'MaatwebsiteDemoController@importExport');

Route::get('downloadExcel/{type}', 'MaatwebsiteDemoController@downloadExcel');

Route::post('importExcel', 'MaatwebsiteDemoController@importExcel');

Step 4: Create Controller

Ok, now we should create new controller as MaatwebsiteDemoController in this path app/Http/Controllers/MaatwebsiteDemoController.php. this controller will manage all impostExport, downloadExcel and importExcel request and return response, so put bellow content in controller file:


use Input;

use App\Item;

use DB;

use Excel;

class MaatwebsiteDemoController extends Controller


public function importExport()


return view('importExport');


public function downloadExcel($type)


$data = Item::get()->toArray();

return Excel::create('itsolutionstuff_example', function($excel) use ($data) {

$excel->sheet('mySheet', function($sheet) use ($data)






public function importExcel()



$path = Input::file('import_file')->getRealPath();

$data = Excel::load($path, function($reader) {


if(!empty($data) && $data->count()){

foreach ($data as $key => $value) {

$insert[] = ['title' => $value->title, 'description' => $value->description];




dd('Insert Record successfully.');




return back();



Step 5: Create View

let's create importExport.blade.php(resources/views/importExport.blade.php) for layout and we will write design code here and put following code :


<html lang="en">


<title>Import - Export Laravel 5</title>

<link rel="stylesheet" href="" >



<nav class="navbar navbar-default">

<div class="container-fluid">

<div class="navbar-header">

<a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Import - Export in Excel and CSV Laravel 5</a>




<div class="container">

<a href="{{ URL::to('downloadExcel/xls') }}"><button class="btn btn-success">Download Excel xls</button></a>

<a href="{{ URL::to('downloadExcel/xlsx') }}"><button class="btn btn-success">Download Excel xlsx</button></a>

<a href="{{ URL::to('downloadExcel/csv') }}"><button class="btn btn-success">Download CSV</button></a>

<form style="border: 4px solid #a1a1a1;margin-top: 15px;padding: 10px;" action="{{ URL::to('importExcel') }}" class="form-horizontal" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data">

<input type="file" name="import_file" />

<button class="btn btn-primary">Import File</button>





Ok, Now we are ready for run this script on browser so, please run project and Check it....

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