Laravel 8 Import Export CSV/EXCEL File Example

In this post I will give you laravel 8 import export csv and excel file example. We will simple create import data to xls, csv file and also we will import data to database using csv file in laravel 8 application.

Using maatwebsiteexcel laravel 8 example you can easily import and export csv and excel file. For laravel 8 import csv/excel file use import class, laravel 8 export csv/excel file use export class.

Using this example we can easily import and export and download the csv & excel file from the database using the maatwebsite/excel composer package.  maatwebsite/excel provide easy way to import and export csv file in laravel 8 using database model.

So let's start how to import csv and excel file in laravel 8.

 Step 1 : Create new project in laravel 8

We are creating new project setup for this example ,So create new project using below command.

composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel import_export



 Step 2 : Database Setup

In second step, we will configure database  for example database name, username, password etc for our example in laravel. So, open .env file and fill all details like as bellow: 

DB_DATABASE=database name(import_export_demo)
DB_USERNAME=database username(root)
DB_PASSWORD=database password(NULL)


Step 3 : Install Package

Now, we are going to install the Maatwebsite package using the below command.

composer require maatwebsite/excel

After that you need to add providers and alias in your project's config/app.php file

'providers' => [
'aliases' => [ 
  'Excel' => Maatwebsite\Excel\Facades\Excel::class,


 Step 4 : Create Some Dummy Records Using Tinker



After adding aliases and providers are adding some dummy records in databse using below command.

php artisan tinker

factory(App\User::class, 100)->create();


 Step 5 : Create New Route

Now in this step we are creating new route for this example in this path routes/web.php

Route::get('import_export', 'App\Http\Controllers\Import_Export_Controller@importExport');
Route::post('import', 'App\Http\Controllers\Import_Export_Controller@import');
Route::get('export', 'App\Http\Controllers\Import_Export_Controller@export');


Step 6 : Add Controller

Create the Import_Export_Controller using the following command.

php artisan make:controller Import_Export_Controller

After run this command we need to add below code in this controller.


namespace App\Http\Controllers;

use Illuminate\Http\Request;
use App\Exports\ExportUsers;
use App\Imports\ImportUsers;
use Maatwebsite\Excel\Facades\Excel;

class Import_Export_Controller extends Controller
     public function importExport()
       return view('import');

    public function export() 
        return Excel::download(new ExportUsers, 'users.xlsx');

    public function import() 
        Excel::import(new ImportUsers, request()->file('file'));
        return back();



Step 7 : Create Import Class

Now, we will create the import class using the below command.

php artisan make:import ImportUsers --model=User

After run this command you will find ImportUsers.php in this path app\Imports\ImportUsers.php add below code in this file.


namespace App\Imports;

use App\User;
use Maatwebsite\Excel\Concerns\ToModel;

class ImportUsers implements ToModel
    * @param array $row
    * @return \Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model|null
    public function model(array $row)
        return new User([
            'name'     => $row[0],
            'email'    => $row[1],


Step 8 : Create Export Class

Now, we will create the export class using the below command.

php artisan make:export ExportUsers --model=User

After run this command you will find ExportUsers.php in this path app\Export\ExportUsers.php add below code in this file.


namespace App\Exports;

use App\User;
use Maatwebsite\Excel\Concerns\FromCollection;

class ExportUsers implements FromCollection
    * @return \Illuminate\Support\Collection

    public function collection()
        return User::all();



Step 9 : Create Blade File for View

Now create import.blade.php file for view in this path resources/views/import.blade.php

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
  <title>Laravel 8 Import Export CSV/EXCEL File Example - Techsolutionstuff</title>
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
  <link rel="stylesheet" href="">
  <script src=""></script>
  <script src=""></script>
<div class="container">
	<h3>Laravel 8 Import Export CSV/EXCEL File Example - Techsolutionstuff</h3>
	<form action="{{ url('import') }}" method="POST" name="importform"
		<div class="form-group">
			<label for="file">File:</label>
			<input id="file" type="file" name="file" class="form-control">
		<div class="form-group">
			<a class="btn btn-info" href="{{ url('export') }}">Export File</a>
		<button class="btn btn-success">Import File</button>

Copy below command and run in terminal.

php artisan serve

And finally you can run this project on your browser. 



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