Laravel Add A New Column To Existing Table In A Migration

To add a new column to an existing table in Laravel using a migration, you can follow these steps:

  1. Open your terminal and navigate to your project’s root directory.

  2. Generate a new migration file by running the following command:

    php artisan make:migration add_column_to_table_name --table=table_name
    

    Replace "add_column_to_table_name" with an appropriate name for your migration file and "table_name" with the name of the table you want to add the column to.

  3. Open the generated migration file inside the "database/migrations" directory. You will find the file with a timestamp and the name you provided in the previous step.

  4. Inside the up method of the migration file, add the following code:

    public function up()
    {
        Schema::table('table_name', function (Blueprint $table) {
            $table->string('new_column_name');
        });
    }
    

    Replace "table_name" with the actual name of your table and "new_column_name" with the name you want to give to the new column.

  5. Inside the down method of the migration file, add the code to drop the column if the migration needs to be rolled back:

    public function down()
    {
        Schema::table('table_name', function (Blueprint $table) {
            $table->dropColumn('new_column_name');
        });
    }
    
  6. Save the migration file.

  7. Run the migration command to apply the changes to the database:

    php artisan migrate
    

    This will execute all pending migrations, including the one you just created, and add the new column to your existing table.

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