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Display Raw SQL query from Query Builder in Laravel

Sometimes we need Raw SQL query to debug the complex SQL statements and more. But by default, Laravel does not provide this facility. I am familiar with 3 methods that can help you get Raw SQL query from the Query Builder.

1. To use toSql() method

Let’s take a simple example. Find the user who has id 1 and country IN in User Model.

$user = DB::table('users')->where('id', 1)->where('country', 'IN')->first();


The above code will show you user result. But now if you add the toSql() method in place fo first() then you will get the Raw SQL query.

$user = DB::table('users')->where('id', 1)->where('country', 'IN')->toSql();


But there is a problem with the toSql() method. It won’t display the passed value to the Query Builder or Model.

2. Enable Query Log

Second option is by enabling Query Log.

$user = DB::table('users')->where('id', 1)->where('country', 'IN')->toSql();

3. Using Laravel Debugbar

The third and most recommended option is by installing the Laravel Debugbar by the composer. It will provide you a detailed view of each and every query.

composer require barryvdh/laravel-debugbar

If you familiar with other option to get Raw SQL query then please share it through comments.