Eloquent: Get the Latest Row from Relationship

Another “hidden gem” of Eloquent. Let’s imagine that you want to query all rows from the table and also one related row – not all of them, but the newest one. Apparently, it’s pretty easy.

Let’s take a real-life example. Let’s say we have Authors and Books, with 1-n relationship, so every author can have one or more books. And we want to show all Authors and their latest Book.

Step 1. File app/Author.php – new method:

    public function latestBook()
        return $this->hasOne('\App\Book')->latest();

Method latest() orders all rows by created_at desc, and takes the first one.

Step 2. Controller:

    $authors = Author::with('latestBook')->get();
    foreach ($authors as $author) {
        echo $author->name . ': ' . $author->latestBook->title;

Also, you can use oldest() instead of latest() – then it would take the first record with rule order by created_at asc.

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  1. Hi,

    let’s say, there are also categories of books, like drama, horror, romance, etc. Is there a way, how you can get latest book of each category for given author?

    Thanks for advice!

  2. Hi,
    Can you please help me with below query?
    – I have users table and logs table (logs have multiple entries of single user)
    – I want all users with their latest log.
    How can I achieve this?
    Thanks in advance

  3. Hi, Murtaza Bharmal

    You also can apply the above method like

    File app/User.php

    public function latestLog()
    return $this->hasOne(‘\App\Log’)->latest();

    and can use in the controller in the same way as described above in the post.

  4. Hi! Thanks for this great post! Could you please explain how could this be used for pivot table cases?


  5. Just wanted to drop by and say many thanks for this post! It was exactly what I needed for an activity feed query that I was stuck on


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