In our module called Reports Generator we generate the code without additional date filters, but it may be really useful. So here’s a short instruction how to achieve that.

Default view of generated report – example of expenses by date:

In this article we will add date filter on top and apply it to report results.

Final result should look like this:

So, there are a few things that we need to change.

Step 1. Add date range picker field above the report

We go to the file resources/views/admin/reports.blade.php and add this before <canvas> code.

<form action="" method="get">
<div class="row">
    <div class="col-md-4">
        <input type="text" class="form-control" name="date_filter" id="date_filter"/>
    <div class="col-md-8">
        <input type="submit" name="filter_submit" class="btn btn-success" value="Filter" />

Next, we need to initialize JavaScript for that picker, so at the bottom of that file we add this:

    <!-- Include Required Prerequisites -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="//"></script>

    <!-- Include Date Range Picker -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="//"></script>
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="//"/>

    <script type="text/javascript">
        $(function () {
            let dateInterval = getQueryParameter('date_filter');
            let start = moment().startOf('isoWeek');
            let end = moment().endOf('isoWeek');
            if (dateInterval) {
                dateInterval = dateInterval.split(' - ');
                start = dateInterval[0];
                end = dateInterval[1];
                "showDropdowns": true,
                "showWeekNumbers": true,
                "alwaysShowCalendars": true,
                startDate: start,
                endDate: end,
                locale: {
                    format: 'YYYY-MM-DD',
                    firstDay: 1,
                ranges: {
                    'Today': [moment(), moment()],
                    'Yesterday': [moment().subtract(1, 'days'), moment().subtract(1, 'days')],
                    'Last 7 Days': [moment().subtract(6, 'days'), moment()],
                    'Last 30 Days': [moment().subtract(29, 'days'), moment()],
                    'This Month': [moment().startOf('month'), moment().endOf('month')],
                    'Last Month': [moment().subtract(1, 'month').startOf('month'), moment().subtract(1, 'month').endOf('month')],
                    'This Year': [moment().startOf('year'), moment().endOf('year')],
                    'Last Year': [moment().subtract(1, 'year').startOf('year'), moment().subtract(1, 'year').endOf('year')],
                    'All time': [moment().subtract(30, 'year').startOf('month'), moment().endOf('month')],
        function getQueryParameter(name) {
            const url = window.location.href;
            name = name.replace(/[\[\]]/g, "\\$&");
            const regex = new RegExp("[?&]" + name + "(=([^&#]*)|&|#|$)"),
                results = regex.exec(url);
            if (!results) return null;
            if (!results[2]) return '';
            return decodeURIComponent(results[2].replace(/\+/g, " "));


As you can see, we’ve created a section called ‘scripts’ (read more about sections here), so we need to add that in out main resources/views/layouts/app.blade.php:

// ...



Step 2. Filter data in Controller

If we choose the dates and click on filter, the new URL will look something like this:


We need to get the date_filter values here and turn them to two variables: $date_from and $date_to. Also, we need to add default values for these.

So here’s our app/Http/Controllers/Admin/ReportsController.php:

// ...
use Illuminate\Http\Request; // we add this

class ReportsController extends Controller
    public function expenses(Request $request)
        if (isset($request->date_filter)) {
            $parts = explode(' - ' , $request->date_filter);
            $date_from = $parts[0];
            $date_to = $parts[1];
        } else {
            $carbon_date_from = new Carbon('last Monday');
            $date_from = $carbon_date_from->toDateString();
            $carbon_date_to = new Carbon('this Sunday');
            $date_to = $carbon_date_to->toDateString();
// ...

Notice: probably there is a more elegant way to achieve this in Carbon, but I didn’t find it clearly in the official documentation.

Final step – we need to add our variables into main query of the report. So in the same controller, a little lower, we have the line:

$results = Expense::get()->sortBy('entry_date')->groupBy(function ($entry) {
// ...

All we need to do is add a couple of where() conditions:

$results = Expense::where('entry_date', '>=', $date_from)->where('entry_date', '<=', $date_to)
    ->get()->sortBy('entry_date')->groupBy(function ($entry) {
// ...

And that’s it, you have a working date range filter. You can download full project for this example in this archive.