Console Commands

Plugins and modules can add additional console commands (opens new window) to Craft, which will be available via the craft executable in the terminal.

Console commands are implemented very similarly to controllers, except that they should live within a console/controllers/ folder within your plugin or module’s base source folder, and they should extend craft\console\Controller (opens new window) (rather than craft\web\Controller (opens new window)).

For the most part, writing console commands for Craft is identical to writing console commands for Yii, so be sure to read the Yii documentation (opens new window) as a starting point.

# Module Setup

If you are adding console commands to a custom module, make sure that your module class defines its root controller namespace for console requests:


namespace bar;

use Craft;

class Module extends \yii\base\Module
    public function init()
        // Define a custom alias named after the namespace
        Craft::setAlias('@bar', __DIR__);

        // Set the controllerNamespace based on whether this is a console or web request
        if (Craft::$app->getRequest()->getIsConsoleRequest()) {
            $this->controllerNamespace = 'bar\\console\\controllers';
        } else {
            $this->controllerNamespace = 'bar\\controllers';


        // Custom initialization code goes here...

You’ll also need to make sure your module is getting bootstrapped (opens new window) from config/app.php (or config/app.console.php).


return [
    'bootstrap' => ['bar'],
    'modules' => [
        'bar' => bar\Module::class,

# Registering Custom Console Commands

You can register custom console commands on Craft’s own controllers, or plugin-supplied controllers, so long as they extend craft\console\Controller (opens new window). For example, plugins that supply custom element types can add their own actions to the resave (opens new window) controller.

To do that, use the craft\console\Controller::EVENT_DEFINE_ACTIONS (opens new window) event.

use craft\events\DefineConsoleActionsEvent;
use craft\console\Controller;
use craft\console\controllers\ResaveController;
use yii\base\Event;

    function(DefineConsoleActionsEvent $event) {
        $event->actions['products'] = [
            'options' => ['type'],
            'helpSummary' => 'Re-saves products.',
            'action' => function($params): int {
                // @var ResaveController $controller
                $controller = Craft::$app->controller;
                $query = Product::find();
                if ($controller->type) {
                    $query->type(explode(',', $controller->type));
                return $controller->saveElements($query);