Disable Laravel's Eloquent timestamps

04/02/2020 16:00:01

I'm in the process of converting one of our web applications from CodeIgniter to Laravel. However at this moment we don't want to add the updated_at / created_at fields to all of our tables as we have a logging class that does all this in more depth for us already.

I'm aware I can set $timestamps = false; in:


However I'd rather not change a core file for Laravel, or have everyone of my models have that at the top. Is there any way to disable this elsewhere for all models?

Verified Answer (349 Votes)

11/13/2013 00:01:36

You either have to declare public $timestamps = false; in every model, or create a BaseModel, define it there, and have all your models extend it instead of eloquent. Just bare in mind pivot tables MUST have timestamps if you're using Eloquent.

Update: Note that timestamps are no longer REQUIRED in pivot tables after Laravel v3.

Update: You can also disable timestamps by removing $table->timestamps() from your migration.


Answer #2 (112 Votes)

11/01/2014 18:49:39

Simply add this line to your Model:

public $timestamps = false;



namespace App;

use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;

class Post extends Model
    public $timestamps = false;


Answer #3 (22 Votes)

09/11/2014 15:12:19

If you only need to only to disable updating updated_at just add this method to your model.

public function setUpdatedAtAttribute($value)
    // to Disable updated_at

This will override the parent setUpdatedAtAttribute() method. created_at will work as usual. Same way you can write a method to disable updating created_at only.

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