The Next Big Thing in How To Use Plugin In Magento 2

In this tutorial How to override a method in Magento 2 by using the Plugin feature.

A plugin, or interceptor, is a class that modifies the behavior of public class functions by intercepting a function call and running code before, after, or around that function call.

This allows you to substitute or extend the behavior of original, public methods for any class or interface.

Extensions that wish to intercept and change the behavior of a public method can create a Plugin class.

In Magento2 we can create and use three types of Plugin.

  • Before listener Plugin
  • After listener Plugin
  • Around listener Plugin


Plugins can not be used on following:

  • Final methods
  • Final classes
  • Non-public methods
  • Class methods (such as static methods)
  • __construct
  • Virtual types
  • Objects that are instantiated bootstrapped

To understand more about plugin we will do a practice.

Lets do this practically, you need to follow step by step

Step 1: Create a new module called Techone_PluginTutorial

Create the namespace Techone in the path app\code.
Create the module name PluginTutorial in the path app\code\Techone.
Create the file named registration.php in the path app\code\Techone\PluginTutorial
use \Magento\Framework\Component\ComponentRegistrar;
ComponentRegistrar::register(ComponentRegistrar::MODULE, 'Techone_PluginTutorial', DIR);
Create the file name module.xml in the path app\code\Techone\PluginTutorial\etc
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config xmlns:xsi="" 
    <module name="Techone_PluginTutorial" >

End of step #1, I have been completed the step to create new module called Techone_PluginTutorial

Step 2: Declaring a plugin

A plugin for class object is declared in the di.xml file in the module.
Create the new file named di.xml in the path app\code\Techone\PluginTutorial\etc\frontend
I put the di.xml file in the folder named frontend, because I want these codes only to apply on the storefront.
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config xmlns:xsi="" 
	<type name="Magento\Checkout\Model\Cart">
		<plugin name="TechoneCart" type="Techone\PluginTutorial\Model\Cart"
	 sortOrder="1" />

You must specify these elements:

  • type name– A class or interface which the plugin observes.
  • plugin name– An arbitrary plugin name that identifies a plugin.
    Also used to merge the configurations for the plugin.
  • plugin type– The name of a plugin’s class or its virtual type.
Use the following naming convention when you specify this element: \Vendor\Module\Plugin\<ClassName>.

Step 3: Defining a plugin

  • A pugin is used to extend or modify a public method’s behaviour by applying code
    before, after, or around that observed method.
  • In this practice, I use the Before method
Create a new file named Cart.php in the path app\code\Techone\PluginTutorial\Model\Cart

Before listener is called by adding prefix ‘before’ to the method name and setting first letter of original method to capital.Now method addProduct will become beforeAddProduct.

The before listener methods do not need to have a return value.Here we are changing parameters. We set quantity to 10.
Now it will always add 10 quantities of the product whenever we add product to cart.So we will use before listener when we want to change parameter of an method.

namespace Techone\PluginTutorial\Model;
class Cart
	public function beforeAddProduct(
		\Magento\Checkout\Model\Cart $subject,
		$requestInfo = null
	) {
		$requestInfo['qty'] = 10; // increasing quantity to 10
		return array($productInfo, $requestInfo);

Step 4: Test and see the results

Run the command lines following:

  • php bin/magento setup:upgrade –keep-generated
  • php bin/magento cache:flush
    Go to the product page detail.

You can check with video how to use plugin

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