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You can validate incoming data based on a set of rules. One example validator is supplied, the Validation rules validator.
You can create a custom validator by implementing the Strata\Data\Validate\ValidatorInterface interface. This requires a isValid() method to test whether data is valid and a getErrorMessage() method to return the error message for the last validation attempt.
The basic flow is:
  • Instantiate the validator object
  • Call the isValid($data) method, passing the data array or object you are validating
  • Return any error message via getErrorMessage()
  • Take any action you wish based on the validation result
$validator = new CustomValidator();
if ($validator->isValid($data)) {
// do something

Validation rules

A simple validation rules system exists, inspired by Laravel's Validation.
Simply create a new instance of Strata\Data\Validate\ValidationRules and pass in the validation requirements in the constructor. This is an array made up of the property path to the field you want to validate and the validation rule. See how to write property paths.
The rules format is:
'[data property]' => 'rule|another rule:values separated by commas'
$rules = [
'[total]' => 'required|integer',
'[data][title]' => 'required',
'[data][type]' => 'required|in:1,2,3',
In this example:
  • $item['total'] must exist and be an integer.
  • $item['data']['title'] must exist.
  • $item['data']['type'] must exist and have a value of: 1, 2, 3.
A complete example:
$validator = new ValidationRules([
'[total]' => 'required|integer',
'[data][title]' => 'required',
'[data][type]' => 'required|in:1,2,3',
if ($validator->isValid($item)) {
// do something
Available validation rules:


Tests whether the property is an array.


Tests whether the property is "1", "true", "on" and "yes". Returns false otherwise.


Tests whether the property is a valid email address.


Tests whether the property is an image filename (jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, gif, svg, or webp).


Tests whether the property value is one of the allowed passed values. For example, a rule of in:1,2,3 tests for whether the property value is 1, 2, or 3.


Tests whether the property is a number, using PHP's is_numeric() rules.


Tests whether the property exists and is non-empty. Empty is defined as null, an empty array or an empty string.


Tests whether the property is a valid URL.

Custom validation rules

You can also define your own custom validation rule by creating a class that implements the Strata\Data\Validate\RuleInterface interface. It is recommended to extend Strata\Data\Validate\Rule\ValidatorRuleAbstract which makes building custom rules easier.
To use a custom validation rule pass an instance of the class as the rule:
$validator = new ValidationRules([
'total' => 'required|integer',
'data.title' => new CustomRuleValidation(),