How set up Global Helpers in Laravel in 3 easy steps.

Coding with Pixel Fix
2 min readApr 11, 2022


In Laravel, Global Helpers are an excellent way for making data or any other functionality available throughout your application with the use of a single function.

In this example I will show you how to set up a custom global helper in 3 easy steps.

Step 1

  • Create a folder within your app directory called Helpers
  • Create a file called utility_helpers.php within the Helpers directory.

Step 2

  • In your composer.json file, add a section under autoload called files and add your utility_helpers.php within that section.
"autoload": {
"psr-4": {
"App\\": "app/",
"Database\\Factories\\": "database/factories/",
"Database\\Seeders\\": "database/seeders/"
"files": [


Step 3

  • Back in your utility_helpers.php file, create your functions in which you want to make your data or functionality available throughout your application.
  • In my example below, I created a simple function that evaluates the null status of a variable and returns the inverse. The function is exactly the same as executing the built-in PHP function !is_null($variable). In fact it uses is_null under the hood.
if (! function_exists('notNull')) {
function notNull(mixed $value)
return ! is_null($value);
  • I use this notNull($variable) function frequently throughout my projects. Although it does not add any additional functionality within my application. It makes code easier to read and looks a lot better than using the built-in function !is_null($variable).


If you have any issues or getting any errors within your application when working with your custom global helpers, please run composer dump-autoload in order for composer to fix any file imports.



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