Generating Code with a Command

To generate code from a Command, there are three steps:

  1. Create a Twig template for the code you want to generate.
  2. Create and register a custom Generator service for rendering the Twig template.
  3. Inject the custom Generator service into your Command.

Creating a Twig Template for the Generated Code

All Twig templates should be placed inside a templates subdirectory of your module or extension. For example:


name: {{ module }}
type: {{ type }}
description: {{ description }}
core: {{ core }}
package: {{ package }}
{% if dependencies %}
{% for dependency in dependencies %}
  - {{ dependency }}
{% endfor %}
{% endif %}

Creating a Custom Generator Service

To create a custom Generator service, first create a class that extends from Drupal\Console\Core\Generator\Generator. For example:


namespace Drupal\your_extension\Generator;

use Drupal\Console\Core\Generator\Generator;

class ModuleGenerator extends Generator

Use the renderFile() method inherited from the Generator class to render your Twig template.

public function generate($module, $machineName, $output_dir, $description, $core, $package, $dependencies) {

  $parameters = [
    'module' => $module,
    'core' => $core,
    'description' => $description,
    'package' => $package,
    'dependencies' => $dependencies,



Finally, register your Generator class as a custom service in

    class: Drupal\your_extension\Generator\ModuleGenerator
      - { name: drupal.generator }

Be sure to include the drupal.generator tag so that the Twig renderer is properly initialized.

Injecting Your Custom Generator Into Your Command

In, add your custom Generator service as an argument for your custom Command.

    class: Drupal\your_extension\Command\Generate\ModuleCommand
    arguments: ['@your_extension.module_generator']
       - { name: drupal.command }

And add your custom Generator to the constructor parameters for your Command class:

use Drupal\your_extension\Generator\ModuleGenerator;

class ModuleCommand extends Command
   * ModuleCommand constructor.
   * @param \Drupal\your_extension\Generator\ModuleGenerator $generator
  public function __construct(ModuleGenerator $generator) {
    $this->generator = $generator;


You can now call your Generator from the execute() method in your Command to output rendered code files:

protected function execute(InputInterface $input, OutputInterface $output) {