cakephp collection


In CakePHP, a collection is a set of data that is returned by a model’s find method. Collections are used to hold the results of a database query and provide an interface for accessing and manipulating the data.

Collections are implemented as a subclass of the Cake\Collection\Collection class, which provides a set of methods for filtering, sorting, and transforming the data.

Here’s an example of how you can use a collection in a CakePHP model:

$users = $this->User->find('all');
$users = $users->map(function ($user) {
  return [
    'id' => $user->id,
    'name' => $user->name,
    'email' => $user->email

In this example, the find method is used to retrieve a collection of users from the users table. The map method is then used to transform the collection by creating a new array for each user, containing only their ID, name, and email.

You can use other methods provided by the Collection class to filter, sort, and transform the data in the collection. For example, you can use the filter method to select only users with a certain name:

$users = $users->filter(function ($user) {
  return $user['name'] == 'John';

You can also use the sort method to sort the users by their name:

$users = $users->sortBy('name');

Note: Collections are a powerful tool for working with data in CakePHP. You can use collections to manipulate and process large amounts of data efficiently and with minimal code. You can refer to the CakePHP documentation for more information on collections and the methods available for working with them.