Laravel Import Data From Excel or CSV file by one single function.

Shah Md. Iktakhairul Islam
2 min readJun 13, 2022

If your excel or csv file has less then 26 column then this function will work and return you a clean array of each row of excel or csv.

use PhpOffice\PhpSpreadsheet\IOFactory;

set getDataArrayFromExcel function in helper or whatever you want and pass the excel or csv file to this method getDataArrayFromExcel and dd $data you will found data array.

Function in controller class
I create a helper class getDataArrayFromExcel, You can write your own.

Full code of above picture

public function importStaff(Request $request)

$this->validate($request, [
'attachments' => 'required|file|mimes:xls,csv,xlsx,txt'
$data = getDataArrayFromExcel($request->file('attachments'));

* Found data row, need to use now.
return back()->with(['alert-type' => 'success', 'message' => 'Staff import successful']);
function getDataArrayFromExcel($theFile)
$spreadsheet = IOFactory::load($theFile->getRealPath());
$sheet = $spreadsheet->getActiveSheet();
$highestColumn = $sheet->getHighestDataColumn();
$highestRow = $sheet->getHighestDataRow();

$highestColumnInNumeric = 1;
foreach (range('A', $highestColumn) as $value) {
$rowArray = array();
$data = array();
$firstRowCounter = 1; // only for data key constant variable
foreach (range(2, $highestRow) as $row) {
foreach(range(1, $highestColumnInNumeric) as $column) {
if ($sheet->getCellByColumnAndRow($column, $firstRowCounter)->getValue()){
$rowArray [$sheet->getCellByColumnAndRow($column, $firstRowCounter)->getValue()] = $sheet->getCellByColumnAndRow($column, $row)->getValue();
$data [] = $rowArray;
$rowArray = [];
}catch (Exception $e) {
return back()->with(['alert-type' => 'warning', 'message' => 'There was a problem uploading the data!']);
return $data;

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