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Extending the Core

AdonisJs is fully extendible to the core.

In this guide, we learn how to extend parts of the framework.

Where to Write Code

The easiest way to get started is to use applications hooks, and only later move code inside a provider if you want to share your code as a package.

Hooks live inside the start/hooks.js file and can be used to execute code at a specific time in the application lifecycle:

const { hooks } = require('@adonisjs/ignitor')

hooks.after.providersRegistered(() => {
  // execute your code
Hook callbacks are synchronous. You must create a provider and use the boot method to write asynchronous code.

Providers live inside the providers directory in the project root:

├── providers
  ├── AppProvider.js

Your providers must be registered inside the start/app.js file:

const path = require('path')

const providers = [
  path.join(__dirname, '..', 'providers/AppProvider')

Providers are generally used to add functionality to your application by binding namespaces to the IoC container, however you can also use providers to run custom code when booted:

const { ServiceProvider } = require('@adonisjs/fold')

class AppProvider extends ServiceProvider {
  async boot () {
    // execute code

Adding Macros/Getters

Macros let you add methods to existing classes.

A class must extend the Macroable class to be extended via macros.

Use hooks or a provider’s boot method to add macros.

For example, if a macro was defined like so:

const Response = use('Adonis/Src/Response')
const Request = use('Adonis/Src/Request')

Response.macro('sendStatus', function (status) {

It could then be used as follows:

Route.get('/', ({ response }) => {

In the same way, you can also add getters to your macroable classes:

Request.getter('time', function () {
  return new Date().getTime()

// Or add a singleton getter
Request.getter('id', function () {
  return uuid.v4()
}, true)

Below is the list of classes you can add getters/macros to:

Extending Providers

Some existing providers let you extend them by adding new functionality.

For example, the Session Provider allows new drivers to be added, while the Auth Provider allows new serializers and schemes.

Refer to the documentation of individual providers to understand their extending capabilities.

To keep the extend interface unified and simple, use the Ioc.extend method to add new drivers or serializers:

const { ioc } = require('@adonisjs/fold')
const { hooks } = require('@adonisjs/ignitor')

hooks.after.providersRegistered(() => {
  ioc.extend('Adonis/Src/Session', 'mongo', function () {
    return class MongoDriver {

If you are developing a provider and want to use the same interface for exposing extending capabilities, make sure to bind a Manager object as follows:

const { ServiceProvider } = require('@adonisjs/fold')

class MyProvider extends ServiceProvider {
  register () {'MyApp/Provider', {
      extend: function () {
  1. The manager object must have an extend method. The values passed to ioc.extend will be forwarded to this method.

  2. The namespace must be same as the binding namespace.

  3. You must manage the registration/lifecycle of your drivers.