Laravel Breadcrumbs is no longer maintained. Please see the README for more details.

Advanced Usage

Custom data

Added in 2.3.0.

The push() method accepts an optional third parameter, $data - an array of arbitrary data to be passed to the breadcrumb, which you can use in your custom template. For example, if you wanted each breadcrumb to have an icon, you could do:

$breadcrumbs->push('Home', '/', ['icon' => 'home.png']);

The $data array’s entries will be merged into the breadcrumb as properties, so you would access the icon as $breadcrumb->icon in your template, like this:

<li><a href="{{ $breadcrumb->url }}">
    <img src="/images/icons/{{ $breadcrumb->icon }}">
    {{ $breadcrumb->title }}

Do not use the following keys in your data array, as they will be overwritten: title, url, first, last.

Defining breadcrumbs in a different file

If you don’t want to use routes/breadcrumbs.php (or app/Http/breadcrumbs.php in Laravel 5.2 and below), you can create a custom service provider to use instead of DaveJamesMiller\Breadcrumbs\ServiceProvider and override the registerBreadcrumbs() method:


namespace App\Providers;

use DaveJamesMiller\Breadcrumbs\ServiceProvider;

class BreadcrumbsServiceProvider extends ServiceProvider
    public function registerBreadcrumbs()
        require base_path('path/to/breadcrumbs.php');

If you are creating your own package, simply load them from your service provider’s boot() method:

class MyServiceProvider extends ServiceProvider
    public function register() {}

    public function boot()
        if (class_exists('Breadcrumbs'))
            require __DIR__ . '/breadcrumbs.php';

Switching views dynamically

You can change the view at runtime by calling:


Or you can call Breadcrumbs::generate() and then load the view manually:

@include('_partials/breadcrumbs2', ['breadcrumbs' => Breadcrumbs::generate('category', $category)])

Overriding the “current” route

If you call Breadcrumbs::render() or Breadcrumbs::generate() with no parameters, it will use the current route name and parameters by default (as returned by Laravel’s Route::current() method).

You can override this by calling Breadcrumbs::setCurrentRoute($name, $param1, $param2...) or Breadcrumbs::setCurrentRouteArray($name, $params).

Passing an array of parameters

Added in 2.0.0.

If the breadcrumb requires multiple parameters, you would normally pass them like this:

Breadcrumbs::render('name', $param1, $param2, $param3);
Breadcrumbs::generate('name', $param1, $param2, $param3);
$breadcrumbs->parent('name', $param1, $param2, $param3);

If you want to pass an array of parameters instead you can use these methods:

Breadcrumbs::renderArray('name', $params);
Breadcrumbs::generateArray('name', $params);
$breadcrumbs->parentArray('name', $params);

Checking if a breadcrumb exists

Added in 2.2.0.

By default an exception will be thrown if the breadcrumb doesn’t exist, so you know to add it. If you want suppress this you can call the following methods instead:

  • Breadcrumbs::renderIfExists() (returns an empty string)
  • Breadcrumbs::renderIfExistsArray() (returns an empty string) (was renderArrayIfExists before 3.0.0)
  • Breadcrumbs::generateIfExists() (returns an empty array)
  • Breadcrumbs::generateIfExistsArray() (returns an empty array) (was generateArrayIfExists before 3.0.0)

Alternatively you can call Breadcrumbs::exists('name'), which returns a boolean.