How To Create New Custom Module in Magento 2

In this tutorial, we will teach you how to create new custom module in Magento 2 to add customized functionality and give you more control over the store.

We’re going to build a very simple module in Magento 2. When finished, the module’s output will say “Hello world!” in the block content on a custom frontend route.

Creating the module files and folders

Module setup

In Magento 2, there are no more code pools. Modules are grouped by namespace and placed directly in the app/code folder.

So our first step is to create the module folder and necessary files required to register a Magento module.

1. Create the following folders:

  • app/code/Magetop
  • app/code/Magetop/Helloworld

The Magetop folder is the module’s namespace, and Helloworld is the module’s name.

Note: If you don’t have the code folder in your app directory, create it manually.

2. Now that we have a module folder, we need to create a module.xml file in the app/code/Magetop/Helloworld/etc folder with the following code:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
 
<config xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:Module/etc/module.xsd">
    <module name="Magetop_Helloworld" setup_version="1.0.0">
    </module>
</config>

3. To register the module, create a registration.php file in the app/code/Magetop/Helloworldfolder with the following code:

<?php
\Magento\Framework\Component\ComponentRegistrar::register(
    \Magento\Framework\Component\ComponentRegistrar::MODULE,
    'Magetop_Helloworld',
    __DIR__
);

4. Open your terminal and go to the Magento 2 root. Run from there the following command:

php bin/magento setup:upgrade

If you want to make sure that the module is installed, you can go to Admin → Stores → Configuration → Advanced → Advanced and check that the module is present in the list or you can open app/etc/config.php and check the array for the ‘Magetop_Helloworld’ key, whose value should be set to 1.

Creating a controller

1. First we need to define the router. To do this, create a routes.xml file in the app/code/Magetop/Helloworld/etc/frontend folder with the following code:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:App/etc/routes.xsd">
    <router id="standard">
        <route id="helloworld" frontName="helloworld">
            <module name="Magetop_Helloworld" />
        </route>
    </router>
</config>

Here we’re defining our frontend router and route with an id “helloworld”.

The frontName attribute is going to be the first part of our URL.

In Magento 2 URL’s are constructed this way:
<frontName>/<controler_folder_name>/<controller_class_name>

So in our example, the final URL will look like this:

helloworld/index/index

2. Now we create the Index.php controller file in the app/code/Magetop/Helloworld/Controller/Index folder with the following code:

<?php
namespace Magetop\Helloworld\Controller\Index;
 
use Magento\Framework\App\Action\Context;
 
class Index extends \Magento\Framework\App\Action\Action
{
    protected $_resultPageFactory;
 
    public function __construct(Context $context, \Magento\Framework\View\Result\PageFactory $resultPageFactory)
    {
        $this->_resultPageFactory = $resultPageFactory;
        parent::__construct($context);
    }
 
    public function execute()
    {
        $resultPage = $this->_resultPageFactory->create();
        return $resultPage;
    }
}

In Magento 1 each controller can have multiple actions, but in Magento 2 this is not the case. In Magento 2 every action has its own class which implements the execute() method.

Creating a block

We’ll create a simple block class with the getHelloWorldTxt() method which returns the “Hello world” string.

1. Create a Helloworld.php file in the app/code/Magetop/Helloworld/Block folder with the following code:

<?php
namespace Magetop\Helloworld\Block;
 
class Helloworld extends \Magento\Framework\View\Element\Template
{
    public function getHelloWorldTxt()
    {
        return 'Hello world!';
    }
}
Creating a layout and template files

In Magento 2, layout files and templates are placed in the view folder inside your module. Inside the view folder, we can have three subfolders: adminhtmlbase and frontend.
The adminhtml folder is used for admin, the frontend folder is used for frontend and the base folder is used for both, admin and frontend files.

1. First we will create a helloworld_index_index.xml file in the app/code/Magetop/Helloworld/view/frontend/layout folder with the following code:

<page xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="../../../../../../../lib/internal/Magento/Framework/View/Layout/etc/page_configuration.xsd" layout="1column">
    <body>
        <referenceContainer name="content">
            <block class="Magetop\Helloworld\Block\Helloworld" name="helloworld" template="helloworld.phtml" />
        </referenceContainer>
    </body>
</page>

Every page has a layout hand and for our controller action the layout handle is helloworld_index_index. You can create a layout configuration file for every layout handle.

In our layout file we have added a block to the content container and set the template
of our block to helloworld.phtml, which we will create in the next step.

2. Create a helloworld.phtml file in the app/code/Magetop/Helloworld/view/frontend/templatesfolder with the following code:

<h1><?php echo $this->getHelloWorldTxt(); ?></h1>

$this variable is refrencing our block class and we are calling the method getHelloWorldTxt() which is returning the string ‘Hello world!’.

And that’s it. Open the /helloworld/index/index URL in your browser and you should get something like this:

demo create a new custom module in magento 2

It comes to the end of the tutorials: How To Create New Custom Module in Magento 2

We hope this is useful blog for you.

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