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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,...): > 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.