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The Extensions API


The Extensions API is a powerful interface designed for package developers who want to extend the functionality of HydePHP.

Using the API, you can hook directly into the HydePHP Kernel and extend sites with custom page types and new features.

This documentation page functions heavily through examples, so it's recommended that the sections are read in order.


Before creating your extension, it will certainly be helpful if you first become familiar with the basic internal architecture of HydePHP, as well as how the auto-discovery system works, so you can understand how your code works with the internals.

The why and how of the Extensions API

HydePHP being a static site generator, the Extensions API is centred around Page Models, which you are hopefully already familiar with, otherwise you should read up on them first.

What the Extensions API does is to allow you to create custom page types, and tell HydePHP how to discover them. This may sound like a small thing, but it's actually incredibly powerful as the page models are the foundation of HydePHP's functionality. They tell the system how to discover pages, how to render them, and how they interact with the site.

Any other functionality you want to add to HydePHP, such as new commands or configuration options, can be added the same way as you would in Laravel, and are thus not part of our API. See the Laravel package development guide for more.

Creating Your Extension Class

The entry-point for your extension is your Extensions class. Within this, you can register the custom page classes. If needed, you can also register discovery handlers which can run custom logic at various parts of the boot process.

In this article we will create an extension that registers a new type of page, a JsonPageExtension.

The first step is to create a class that extends the HydeExtension class:

1use Hyde\Foundation\Concerns\HydeExtension;
3class JsonPageExtension extends HydeExtension {
4 //

In here, we will register our extension class name in the getPageClasses method:

1class JsonPageExtension extends HydeExtension {
2 public static function getPageClasses(): array {
3 return [
4 JsonPage::class,
5 ];
6 }

Hyde will then use the information from the JsonPage class to automatically discover the pages when booting the Kernel. For example, if you specify the file extension and source directory, that is all Hyde needs to know to discover the pages.

If our pages need more complex discovery logic, we can create custom handlers. so let's take a quick look at that next.

Discovery handlers

The discovery handlers let you run code at various points of the booting process. This is usually only needed if your page models cannot provide the information required for Hyde run the standard auto-discovery, and thus need custom logic.

Usually in these cases, you would only need to add files to the Kernel FileCollection, though the HydeExtension class offers the following three discovery handlers, in case you need them:

1/** Runs during file discovery */
2public function discoverFiles(FileCollection $collection): void;
4/** Runs during page discovery */
5public function discoverPages(PageCollection $collection): void;
7/** Runs during route discovery */
8public function discoverRoutes(RouteCollection $collection): void;

Any of these can be implemented in your extension class, and they will be called during the discovery. As you can see, the instance of the discovery collection is injected into the method for you to interact with.

Discovery handler example

Let's go crazy and implement a discovery handler to collect JsonPage files from an external API! We will do this by implementing the discoverPages method in our extension class, and from there inject pages retrieved from our API.

1class JsonPageExtension extends HydeExtension {
2 public function discoverPages(PageCollection $collection): void {
3 $pages = Http::get('')->collect();
5 $pages->each(function (array $page) use ($collection): void {
6 $collection->addPage(JsonPage::fromArray($page));
7 });
8 }

Since the discovery steps are handled sequentially, the added pages will automatically be discovered as routes without us having to implement that handler method. As we inject the page objects directly, we bypass the need for the FileCollection.

Registering Your Extension

Now that we have our extension class, we need to register it with HydePHP.

It's important that your class is registered before the HydeKernel boots. Therefore, an excellent place for this is the register method of your extensions service provider, where you call the registerExtension method of the HydeKernel singleton instance, which you can access via the Hyde\Hyde facade, or via the service container.

1use Hyde\Hyde;
2use Hyde\Foundation\HydeKernel;
3use Illuminate\Support\ServiceProvider;
5class JsonPageExtensionServiceProvider extends ServiceProvider {
6 public function register(): void {
7 // Via the service container:
8 $this->app->make(HydeKernel::class)->registerExtension(JsonPageExtension::class);
10 // Or via the facade:
11 Hyde::registerExtension(JsonPageExtension::class);
12 }

Packaging your extension

To make your extension available to other HydePHP users, you can make it into a Composer package, and publish it to Packagist for others to install.

If you register your service provider in your package's composer.json file, your extension automatically be enabled when the package is installed in a HydePHP project!

2 "extra": {
3 "laravel": {
4 "providers": [
5 "My\\Namespace\\JsonPageExtensionServiceProvider"
6 ]
7 }
8 }

Telling the world about your extension

Next up, why not send us a Tweet at @HydeFramework and tell us about your extension, so we can feature it?