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Magento 2: Module Code Generation with Pestle

Makarand Uparwat Nov 20, 2018

Magento 2.0 Pestle

What is Pestle?

The Pestle is a new PHP (5.6+) framework for creating and organizing PHP programs into Python like libraries of functions. Currently, Pestle has commands for generating a new module, a new route, a new view/block/layout for that route and many more.

Installing on Linux

System requirements
  • PHP 5.6+
Download the latest build using following curl

  • $ curl -LO http://pestle.pulsestorm.net/pestle.phar
  • After download give it an exccute permission
    $ sudo chmod +x pestle.phar
  • Now move it to /usr/local/bin/
    $ sudo mv pestle.phar /usr/local/bin/pestle.phar
  • Now use command $ pestle.phar version. You will able to see the current installed version of Pestle.
    pestle Ver 1.4.3
After successful installation, you can go on generating a new module using command line.

Creating a Basic Module

If you’ve worked on a custom module, you know creating a basic Magento module is straightforward, but it involves many different files. Pestle can handle that boring and repetitive work of creating those files for you.

The first step of a custom module is to create module.xml and registration.php file. To create these file run the following command.

$ pestle.phar generate_module

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Then enable it using the following command

$ php bin/magento module:enable Ezest_HelloWorld
$ php bin/magento setup:upgrade

Adding the Route & Index Action

The next step of creating a Magento module is adding a route.
$ pestle.phar generate_route

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Adding a Frontend View Files
Now we need to add Magento’s default view files, like XML file, phtml template, and default block/view class.

$ pestle.phar generate_view

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After running the above command, clear your cache and reload the page. You should see your view’s content.

Simple Yet Powerful Commands


It is possible to specify any input as a command argument. What this means is that you could recreate the above module with just three simple commands.
$ pestle.phar generate_module Ezest HelloWorld 0.0.1

$ pestle.phar generate_route Ezest_HelloWorld frontend hello_world

$ pestle.phar generate_view Ezest_HelloWorld frontend hello_world_index_index Main content.phtml

These above commands will automatically create the required files and folder structure, as shown in below image.
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Hope this helps you to reduce the manual work of creating files of your custom module using Pestle.

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