Using Summernote WYSIWYG editor with Laravel

Using Summernote WYSIWYG editor with Laravel

Summernote is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) style editor which offers lots of nifty features such as pasting images from clipboard, interactive text editing, easy server integration and it has all the features for standard HTML formatting.

I recently had to use summernote in a Laravel based project at work and I must say it was a breeze to setup and get running. Also, the Summernote project is very active and has over 6000 stars on GitHub which makes me happy as it means better future maintainability and support. Now let me show you how you can implement Summernote with Laravel.

Set up routes:

  • We will define routes for displaying summernote form, storing the summernote content and finally to display the content by fetching it from the database.
  • Note that the Route::view method is new in laravel 5.5 and if you are using an older version then you can use a traditional Route::get and return the view in a method callback.

Summernote input form:

  • Create a summernote.blade.php and add the form which will display our summernote input.
  • We will include summernote related assets and initialize summernote on our textarea input which has a class of summernote on document ready,
  • This is how it might look like:summernote_laravel_tutorial

Parse and store Summernote content:

  • Generate a model along with a resourceful controller and a migration file.
  • Add a longText content field to the summernote migration so that it can suffice for a decent length of content.
  • Don’t forget to generate summernote table from the migration file.
  • Now we will parse our summernoteInput in the store method of SummernoteController.

    • We use domdocument() method to generate a native PHP dom object which makes it easier to navigate HTML in a logical manner.
    • Also, the Summernote encodes any images in the content to base64 format which means easy transfer from client to server but is not feasible if you intend to store the content in a database. As even a small image encoded in base64 format could add tens of thousands of characters to the content.
    • We work around this by decoding the base64 format image (using base64_decode()) and saving it into the public directory. We then replace the src attribute of the image in the content with the link to the image we just stored.
    • We finally store the content in DB and return a view to display the content.

Fetch and display content from the view:

  • In summernote_display.blade.php add the following code to display the content.
  • Yeah, a single {!! $summernote->content !!} is enough!. Note that we use {!! !!} and not {{ }} as the latter escapes the string which we do not want in this case.
  • This is how mine looks like:Using Summernote WYSIWYG editor with Laravel


If you need to show an edit form for Summernote content. Wherein you may want to fetch the content stored in a databse and load it into Summernote.

You can do:


That’s it and it’s that easy to use Summernote with Laravel!. It’s mostly straightforward except for the image conversion part. I hope you found this article helpful and I would be happy to hear your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.

The source code of the project is available in my GitHub repository.

Also, I share tutorials like this all the time. Be sure to check Laravel or PHP section to find more interesting articles!.

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