Data - Entity Query

Entity query allow us to create query based on Entity class. Entity Query then converts entity based query to actual query. As Entity Manager allows only fetching all records or single by its identity property, Entity query allows to fetch records by applying conditions, joins, orders and etc.

Create Instance

Entity query accepts only one optional argument which is database connection name, just as in Query builder if we omit connection name it will use default database connection.

$entityQuery = new Nishchay\Data\EntityQuery();
Set entity

Using setEntity method we can set entity.


To set an alias for entity, we can pass it in second argument of setEntity method. By default EntityQuery uses base name of entity class.

# Alias will be: User (base class name)

# Alias will be: u
$entityQuery->setEntity(User::class, 'u');
Fetch whole entity

To fetch all properties of entity, pass only alias name of entity class.

$entityQuery = new EntityQuery();
$entityQuery->setEntity(User::class, 'user')

Based on alias name, EntityQuery find all properites of entity class of alias and sets it to list of properties which needs to be fetched.

Set property to be fetched

Its mandatory to set which property should be fetched for Entity Query. Entity Query does not fetches all property of Entity class by default.

$entityQuery->setProperty(['user.userId', 'user.firstName', 'user.lastName'])

If want to set only one property then pass only string otherwise pass list of properties in an array. Properites being set should be prefixed with entity alias name. This is because if we do not specify it with alias name then it will be counted as entity alias name and EntityQuery tries to find entity class for alias name to fetch all properties of it.

Set derived property to be fetched

Using setDerivedProperty we can set which derived property which needs to fetched. As derived property requires additional joins based on relative property, derived can not be set usig setProperty method.

NOTE EntityQuery does not allow fetching whole derived entity, because it requires separate query to set those property.


If want to set multiple properties, call setDerivedProperty multiple times.

Set property which should not be fetched

We can set property which should not be fetched. This is required when we want to fetch whole entity except one or more property. Same as setting property to fetch, this also requires alias name along with property name.

$entityQuery = new EntityQuery();
$entityQuery->setEntity(User::class, 'user')

For above all property will be fetched except birthDate. Pass list of properties in an array, if we want to set multiple properties which needs not be fetched.

Apply Condition to fetch record

Applying condition is same as Query Builder setCondition, learn more about here.

NOTE Unlike all of above methods, setCondition does not validates property is valid or not. It also does not check if passed property is entity alias or property itself.


Adding join is same is Query Builder join except it requires class name instead of table name and alias is required. Omitting alias for join table will result in an error. Lear more about join here.

See below example for how join can be added:

    Department::class . '(department)' => 'departmentId',
    Zone::class . '(zone)' => ['zoneId' => 'department.zoneId']
Order By, Group By & Having

All these are same as query builder, please learn here.

Update entity record

Using EntityQuery we can update multiple record at same while EntityManager allows updating only one record at a time.

NOTE Using EntityQuery we can update properties of main entity only which was set using setEntity method. So while we add properties with value which need to updated, property should be passed without its alias name.

Using setPropertyWithValue we can set list of properties which needs to updated. Validation of property value is validated when we call update method.

See below code for better understanding

    'firstName' => 'New first Name',
    'departmentId' => 3 # New department Id

Once query has been executed update method returns number of records updated.

Remove entity record

To remove record of main entity either by join or without join is same as Query class. We only need to set main entity, conditions and then call remove method.

    ->setCondition('departmentId', 23)

Above code will remove all users who are belongs to departmentId = 23;

How multiple entities returned by EntityQuery[time:120]

If only entity is fetched then entities rows are directly accessible but if there's more than one returned by entity query, it will be assigned entity class alias. See below example

        Department::class(department) => 'userId'
    ->setProperty(['user', 'department'])

This will fetch User and Department whole entity and are returned like this:

        'user' => UserEnittyObject,
        'department' => DepartmentEntityObject
        'user' => UserEnittyObject,
        'department' => DepartmentEntityObject
    . . .

When we iterate over Entity records, each row can accessed by $row->user. See below example how we can print all users and its department name from above records.

foreach($records as $row) {
    echo $row->user->fullName. '(' . $row->department->departmentName . ')';