Audit Migration

While the package comes with a pretty standard migration file which covers most use cases, the default table schema might not be suitable for everyone.

With that in mind, here are a few tweaks that can be performed.

User ID foreign key relation

Some developers like to have the relation between tables properly set, by enforcing foreign keys. At the end of the up() method, add the following:


Using a different column name for the User ID

Instead of the typical user_id column, a different name can be used:


Just make sure the foreign_key value in the configuration is also updated, to reflect the change:

return [
    'user' = [
        'foreign_key' => 'owner_id',

{tip} Read more about this and the User model ID in the General Configuration section.

UUID over auto-incrementing ids

Some developers prefer to use a UUID instead of auto-incrementing ids. If that's the case, make sure to update the up() method like so:

For the User, change from




For the Auditable model, change from




{note} Make sure the user_id and/or auditable_id column types match the ones used in their respective tables.

URL/User Agent values with more than 255 characters

Sometimes, the URL and/or User Agent being audited may be longer than 255 characters, so the corresponding columns should be updated from string


to text


{note} From version 4.1.3 onward, the default migration creates the url column as text instead of string.