Has One

The Has One relation defines that an entity exclusively owns another entity in a form of parent-child. Consider this relation as a form of decomposition with the ability to store data in external table.


To define a Has One relation using the annotated entities extension, use:

/** @Entity */
class User
    // ...

    /** @HasOne(target = "Address") */
    protected $address;

You must properly handle the cases when the relation is not initialized (null)!

By default, ORM will generate an outer key in relation object using the parent entity's role and inner key (primary key by default) values. As result column and FK will be added to Address entity on user_id column.

Option Value Comment
load lazy/eager Relation load approach. Defaults to lazy
cascade bool Automatically save related data with parent entity. Defaults to true
nullable bool Defines if relation can be nullable (child can have no parent). Defaults to false
innerKey string Inner key in parent entity. Defaults to primary key
outerKey string Outer key name. Defaults to {parentRole}_{innerKey}
fkCreate bool Set to true to automatically create FK on outerKey. Defaults to true
fkAction CASCADE, NO ACTION, SET NULL FK onDelete and onUpdate action. Defaults to CASCADE
indexCreate bool Create index on outerKey. Defaults to true


To attach the child object to the parent entity simple set the value on the designated property:

$u = new User();

// or setAddress() if you have a setter
$u->address = new Address();

The related object can be immediately saved into the database by persisting the parent entity:

$t = new \Cycle\ORM\Transaction($orm);

To delete a previously associated object simply set the property value to null:


The child object will be removed during the persist operation.

To avoid child object removal (detach) set nullable true. In this case, child outer key will be reset to null.


To access related data simply call the method load of your User's Select object:

$u = $orm->getRepository(User::class)->select()->load('address')->wherePK(1)->fetchOne();


You can filter entity selection using related data, call the method with of your entity's Select to join the related entity table:

$users = $orm->getRepository(User::class)
    ->with('address')->where('address.city', 'New York')


Cycle Select can automatically join related tables on the first where condition. The previous example can be rewritten:

$users = $orm->getRepository(User::class)
    ->where('address.city', 'New York')


Transfer Children

You can transfer a related entity between two parents:

$u1 = $orm->getRespository(User::class)->select()->load('address')->wherePK(1)->fetchOne();

$u2 = new User();

$t = new \Cycle\ORM\Transaction($orm);
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