Modify the Container at Compile Time

Modify the Container at Compile Time

In a regular Symfony application or bundle a compiler pass for instance can be added by calling$container->addCompilerPass() inside the build() function of the application’s Kernel or the bundle’s Bundle class (see the Symfony documentation for details). In fact this holds true for any modifications that need to be made to the container at compile time.

In a typical Contao Managed Edition setup, we cannot alter the Kernel nor does the application - following current best practices to be bundle-less - contain a Bundle class. However, we can also utilize the Contao Manager Plugin to alter the container and thus also add compiler passes and other things there.

Contao Manager Plugin to the rescue

Make sure your plugin implements the ConfigPluginInterface and implement the registerContainerConfiguration method (see Plugin documentation). Now the provided loader allows accessing the container.

See this example on how to add a custom compiler pass:

// src/ContaoManager/Plugin.php
namespace App\ContaoManager;

use App\DependencyInjection\Compiler\MyCompilerPass;
use Contao\ManagerPlugin\Config\ConfigPluginInterface;
use Symfony\Component\Config\Loader\LoaderInterface;
use Symfony\Component\DependencyInjection\ContainerBuilder;

class Plugin implements ConfigPluginInterface
    public function registerContainerConfiguration(LoaderInterface $loader, array $managerConfig)
        $loader->load(static function (ContainerBuilder $container) {
            $container->addCompilerPass(new MyCompilerPass());