Getting Started with Non-blocking Toastr Notifications in Laravel

November 17, 2021

Today, many companies are using Laravel to design their web applications. However, developers still experience a challenge when integrating alerts in their applications.

This tutorial will show you how to use Toastr to display alerts in a Laravel application.

These notifications range from warnings, errors, to success messages. Each alert has its customized background color.

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To follow along with this tutorial, you need the following:

  • PHP 7.3 and above installed on your local development environment
  • Basic knowledge of Laravel. This tutorial uses Laravel 8.
  • Composer.


This tutorial will help you understand UX design when building web applications in Laravel.

By the end, you should be able to use the toastr package to show notifications instead of the default Laravel methods.

Getting started with toastr package

Toastr is a simple JavaScript library that’s used to display alerts on a web application.

For example, when new users register on your website, you may want to show them a success alert.

The package was initially built to support JavaScript-based applications. However, it’s now possible to use it in your Laravel applications.

Therefore, in this tutorial, we’ll set up a Laravel application that can use the Toastr package to display notifications.

Setting up toastr package in your Laravel application

Now that we understand the toastr package, let’s set it up in our Laravel application.

To create a Laravel project, we use the following commands:

# install Laravel installer on your local machine
composer global require laravel/installer
#next install Laravel
laravel new toastrExample

cd toastrExample

php artisan serve

With the above commands, we first installed a global Laravel installer and then created the toastrExample project.

Upon installation, we navigated into the newly created project and started the server.

Let’s now proceed and add our toastr package by running the following commands:

composer require yoeunes/toastr

The above command uses the PHP package manager, composer, to install the yoeunes/toastr package.


  - Installing yoeunes/toastr (v1.2.6): Loading from cache

Next step, add the service provider to your config/app.php file as shown below:

'providers' => [
    //the package we previously installed is being made available for use in our application

Service providers are the central place of all Laravel application bootstrapping. Your application and all of Laravel’s core services are bootstrapped via service providers.

Adding this package to the provider ensures that it’s available for use when we bootstrap our application.

Now proceed and publish these files by running the following commands:

 php artisan vendor:publish --provider='Yoeunes\Toastr\ToastrServiceProvider' --tag="toastr-config"

Copied File [/vendor/yoeunes/toastr/config/toastr.php] To [/config/toastr.php]
Publishing complete.

The above command generates a new file, config/toastr.php.


return [
// some of the contents of this file
    'options' => [
        'iconClasses'       => [
            'error'   => 'toast-error',
            'info'    => 'toast-info',
            'success' => 'toast-success',
            'warning' => 'toast-warning',

The above file contains some method definitions that we’ll use to notify users. These methods include errors, success, and warnings messages.

For our notifications to work well, we need to add jquery. This is only achievable on views by either using the @jquery blade directive or via a Content Delivery Network (CDN).

In this application, we will use a jquery directive since they are easy to add on templates. However, you’re free to use jquery blade.

User authentications with toastr notifications

Previously, we set up our application to be able to use the toastr package.

Now, let’s create a simple user authentication system, which displays a success message upon sign up and a welcome alert for returning users.

This auth system should also display an error alert when invalid credentials are entered.

Let’s start by setting up our User model to suit our authentication needs:

 protected $fillable = [

The above model lists the fields we will be using to authenticate users. You’re free to add as many fields as you need.

Now, update the user migrations file, as shown below:

    Schema::create('users', function (Blueprint $table) {

The above file uses the schema facade to create our users’ table columns.

It’s important to remember that we had defined these fields in the User model.

Now that we’ve our model and migration ready, proceed and edit your .env file with your database credentials, as shown below:


The next step requires you to migrate your database. Ensure that you’ve updated your credentials otherwise the next step will throw an error.

Migrate your database by running the following commands:

 php artisan migrate

Let’s proceed and create an authentications controller to handle user registration and signing in.

php artisan make:controller AuthenticationController

The above command creates a new controller inside the App/Controllers directory. It’s within this directory that we define our logic for user authentication.

Edit the App/Controllers/AuthenticationController.php file as follows:

public function registerUser(Request $request){
            'first_name' =>'required|string|min:2',
            'last_name'  =>'required|string|min:2',
            'email'     =>'email|unique:users|min:6',
            'phone'     =>'required|string|unique:users',
            'password'     =>'required',
            return back();
            'first_name'    =>$request->input('first_name'),
            'last_name'    =>$request->input('last_name'),
            'email'    =>$request->input('email'),
            'phone'    =>$request->input('phone'),
            'password'    =>Hash::make($request->input('password')),
        toastr()->success('You have successfully registered on our test application');

In the above script, we have a registerUser(Request $request) method that takes request as a parameter.

This method then validates the user requests. For example, the request should have all the fields and meet the defined regular expressions.

When the above validation fails, we alert the user using the toastr package.

If the validation test passes, we use the User model that we had defined to add users to the database.

Upon successful registration, we notify the user with a confirmation message.

It’s important to note that Toastr package has different types of alerts. In our case, we have used the success() with a green background color.

We’ve also used an error() alert with a red background. Other functions include warning() methods which you may use to warn users against certain operations.

Now that we have got a functional user registration, let’s proceed and create our routes in the routes/web.php file, as shown below:


Let’s now finalise our application by adding the view in the resources/view/auth.php file.

<form method="POST" action="{{ route('signup') }}">
    <div class="form-group">
        <label for="first_name" class="col-md-4">{{ __('First Name') }}</label>

        <div class="col-md-6">
            <input id="first_name" name="first_name" type="text" class="form-control" required autofocus>

    <div class="form-group">
        <label for="last_name" class="col-md-4">{{ __('Last Name') }}</label>
        <div class="col-md-6">
            <input id="last_name" name="last_name" type="text" class="form-control" required autofocus>
    <div class="form-group">
        <label for="phone" class="col-md-4">{{ __('Phone Number') }}</label>
        <div class="col-md-6">
            <input id="phone" name="phone" type="tel" class="form-control" required autofocus>

    <div class="form-group">
        <label for="email" class="col-md-4">{{ __('Email') }}</label>
        <div class="col-md-6">
            <input id="email" name="email" type="email" class="form-control" required>

    <div class="form-group row">
        <label for="password" class="col-md-4">{{ __('Password') }}</label>
        <div class="col-md-6">
            <input id="password" type="password" class="form-control" name="password" required>

    <div class="form-group row mb-4">
        <div class="col-md-6 offset-md-4">
            <button type="submit" class="btn btn-primary">
                {{ __('Register') }}

The above template is a simple registration form that contains all the fields we had defined in our User model.

You notice that we’re instructing our blade file to use the @toastr_css, which styles the alert.

At the end of the template, we also have three other directives,@jquery, @toastr_js and @toastr_render.

Now, if you remember, we had said that the Toastr package is JavaScript-based, and therefore we’re using Jquery to ensure that the notifications are rendered on the browser.




In this tutorial, we’ve learned how to use the toastr package to display notifications to the user.

We have also seen how we can use this package to notify users of different alerts, such as warnings, success, and error messages.

Peer Review Contributions by: Miller Juma