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Database Hooks

Hooks are the actions you perform before or after a specified database operation. Hooks plays a major role in keeping your codebase DRY and easy to reason about For example: Hashing the user password before saving it to the database.

About Hooks

  1. Model hooks are defined inside app/Model/Hooks directory.

  2. Each model hook is a ES2015 generator method, making it simpler to run the asynchronous code.

  3. You have to define hooks on your models explicitly.

  4. Like other generator commands, you can use ace to make a hook for you.

    ./ace make:hook User
    # or with predefined method
    ./ace make:hook User --method=encryptPassword
  5. Hooks are only executed for commands run via the model instance. For example: Calling the static update method will not execute the hooks.

    const user = yield User.find(1)
    user.status = 'active'
    // Will execute the update hooks
    // Will not execute the update hooks
    yield User.query().where('id', 1).update('status', 'active')

Basic Example

Let’s take the most basic example of encrypting the user password using a model hook.

const Hash = use('Hash')
const User = exports = module.exports = {}

User.encryptPassword = function * (next) {
  this.password = yield Hash.make(this.password)
  yield next

Next, we need to register this hook on the User model manually.

class User extends Lucid {

  static boot () { (1)
    this.addHook('beforeCreate', 'User.encryptPassword') (2)

1 All hooks should only be registered once and the boot method is perfect place since Lucid makes sure it is only executed once.
2 The addHook method will before the hook for a given event which is beforeCreate in this case.

Defining Hooks

Hooks are executed in the sequence they are registered. To execute the next hook, you must yield next from the existing hook. The process is quite similar to HTTP middleware layer.

addHook(event, [name], action)

The addHook method will define a hook for a given event. Optionally you can give it a unique name, which can be used later to remove the hook.

static boot () {
  this.addHook('beforeCreate', 'User.encryptPassword')

And for named hooks

static boot () {
    'beforeCreate', (1)
    'encryptingPassword', (2)
    'User.encryptPassword' (3)
1 Hook event
2 Unique name
3 Action to be executed. The action can be a reference to a plain javascript method, or a namespace to be resolved by the IoC container.

defineHooks(event, arrayOfActions)

The defineHooks method is quite similar to the addHook method, instead you can define multiple hooks in one go.

class User extends Lucid {

  static boot () {
    this.defineHooks('beforeCreate', ['UserHooks.validate', 'UserHook.encryptPassword'])



As stated earlier, you can also remove named hooks anytime during in your application.


Aborting Database Operations

Hooks have the ability to abort the database operations by throwing exceptions.

UserHook.validate = function * (next) {
  if (!this.username) {
    throw new Error('Username is required')
  yield next

Hooks Events

Below is the list of hooks events.

Event Description


Before a new record gets created.


Before an existing record gets updated.


Before you are about to a delete a given record.


This event is only triggered when you have enabled soft deletes and restoring a previously deleted record.


After a new record has been successfully created.


After an existing record has been updated.


After a record has been deleted successfully.


After a soft deleted record has been restored.