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Set Default Value Of Timestamp In Laravel Migration

Last updated on June 13, 2021 by

Sometimes, while creating migration files we might need to set the default value of the custom timestamp in Laravel migration. In this article, we will see how to set the default value of the timestamp in Laravel migration with very little effort. Let’s just do it.

Set Default Value Of Timestamp In Laravel Migration

Let’s suppose, you want to customize the users migration in Laravel and wanted to add registered_at column. Which will capture the time & date of registration. But to do that would you write some codes to capture that?

We don’t think so to do that you need to write any extra line of code. You can do that by simply set the default value of that timestamp in Laravel migration using useCurrent() function and you’re done.

Let’s customize the users migration table:


use Illuminate\Database\Migrations\Migration;
use Illuminate\Database\Schema\Blueprint;
use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Schema;

class CreateUsersTable extends Migration
     * Run the migrations.
     * @return void
    public function up()
        Schema::create('users', function (Blueprint $table) {
            $table->enum('user_role',['admin', 'user'])->default('user');

     * Reverse the migrations.
     * @return void
    public function down()

Another Way:

You can also use the Raw string expression of DB facade.


Notes: You will need to have the MySQL version >= 5.6.5 to have multiple columns with CURRENT_TIMESTAMP

Extra Perk:

We have researched on Google and we have found something very interesting and that is.

We find it more useful to have null in the updated_at column when the record is been created but has never been modified. It reduces the DB size just a little) and it’s possible to see at the first sight that the data has never been modified.

To do that add following code in migration file.

      ->default(DB::raw('NULL ON UPDATE CURRENT_TIMESTAMP'))->nullable();

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That’s it from our end. We hope this article helped you to learn how to set the default value of the timestamp in Laravel migrations.

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