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Version: 11.x

Code Generator


Code Generators are a nice way to speed up development by creating boiler-plate code based on your inputs. You may already be familiar with the Laravel code generators (php artisan make:controller).

Apiato code generator works the same way. In addition, it can generate a full Container with fully working CRUD operations, including routes, requests, controller, Actions, Repositories, Models, Migrations, documentation.... and much more)

Available Code Generator Commands

To see the list of code generators type php artisan and look for apiato.

  php artisan apiato:generate:container        Create a Container for apiato from scratch
php artisan apiato:generate:action Create an Action file for a Container
php artisan apiato:generate:configuration Create a Configuration file for a Container
php artisan apiato:generate:container:api Create a Container for apiato from scratch (API Part)
php artisan apiato:generate:container:web Create a Container for apiato from scratch (WEB Part)
php artisan apiato:generate:controller Create a controller for a container
php artisan apiato:generate:event Create a new Event class and (optionally) its corresponding Listener
php artisan apiato:generate:exception Create a new Exception class
php artisan apiato:generate:factory Create a new Factory class
php artisan apiato:generate:job Create a new Job class
php artisan apiato:generate:listener Create a new Event Listener class
php artisan apiato:generate:mail Create a new Mail class
php artisan apiato:generate:middleware Create a new Middleware class
php artisan apiato:generate:migration Create an "empty" migration file for a Container
php artisan apiato:generate:model Create a new Model class
php artisan apiato:generate:notification Create a new Notification class
php artisan apiato:generate:policy Create a new Policy class
php artisan apiato:generate:readme Create a README file for a Container
php artisan apiato:generate:repository Create a new Repository class
php artisan apiato:generate:request Create a new Request class
php artisan apiato:generate:route Create a new Route class
php artisan apiato:generate:seeder Create a new Seeder class
php artisan apiato:generate:provider Create a ServiceProvider, MiddlewareProvider or an EventProvider for a Container
php artisan apiato:generate:subaction Create a new SubAction class
php artisan apiato:generate:task Create a Task file for a Container
php artisan apiato:generate:test:functional Create a Functional Test file.
php artisan apiato:generate:test:testcase Create the TestCase file.
php artisan apiato:generate:test:unit Create a Unit Test file.
php artisan apiato:generate:transformer Create a new Transformer class for a given Model
php artisan apiato:generate:value Create a new Value class

To get more info about each command, add --help to the command. Example: php artisan apiato:generate:route --help. The help page shows all options, which can be directly passed to the command.

If you do not provide respective information via the command line options, a wizard will be displayed to guide you through.

For example, you can directly call php artisan apiato:generate:controller --file=UserController to directly specify the class to be generated. The wizard, however, will ask you for the --section and --container as well.

Note that all generators automatically inherit the options --section, --container and --file (these are documented as well in the help page). Furthermore, a generator may have specific options as well (e.g., the --ui (user-interface) to generate something for).


Generating a Route (endpoint) file:

$ php artisan apiato:generate:route

Enter the name of the Section [AppSection]:

Enter the name of the Container:
> Car

Enter the name of the Route file [DefaultRoute]:
> CreateCar

> Generating (CreateCar) in (AppSection:Car) Container.

Select the UI for the controller [API]:
[0] API
[1] WEB
> 0

Enter the endpoint version (integer)[1]:
> 1

Select the type for this endpoint?[private]:
[0] private
[1] public
> 1

Enter the name of the controller function that needs to be invoked when calling this endpoint:
> createNewCar

Enter the HTTP verb of this endpoint (GET, POST,...):

Enter the endpoint URI (foo/bar/{id}):
> cars

Route generated successfully.


CreateCar.v1.public.php file will be created in App\Containers\AppSection\Car\UI\API\Routes\

Custom Code Stubs (aka. Customizing the Generator)

If you don't like the automatically generated code (or would like to adapt it to your specific needs) you can do this quite easily.

The existing Generators allow to read custom stubs from the app/Ship/Generators/CustomStubs folder. The name of the file and the folder structure needs to be the same as in vendor/apiato/core/Generator/Stubs.

Say, if you like to change the action -> create.stub, simply copy the file to app/Ship/Generators/CustomStubs/actions/create.stub and start adapting it to your needs.

If you run the respective command (e.g., in this case php artisan apiato:generate:action) and choose Create type this would read your specific create.stub file instead of the pre-defined one!


If you would like to add your own generators, please check out the Contribution Guide.