How to add CLI commands

Overview of adding CLI commands

Magento enables your component to add commands to our Symfony-like command-line interface (CLI).

About the Magento CLI

Magento has one command-line interface that performs both installation and configuration tasks: <magento_root>/bin/magento. The new interface performs multiple tasks, including:

  • Installing Magento (and related tasks such as creating or updating the database schema, creating the deployment configuration, and so on).
  • Clearing the cache.
  • Managing indexes, including reindexing.
  • Creating translation dictionaries and translation packages.
  • Generating non-existent classes such as factories and interceptors for plug-ins, generating the dependency injection configuration for the object manager.
  • Deploying static view files.
  • Creating CSS from Less.

Other benefits:

  • A single command (<magento_root>/bin/magento list) lists all available installation and configuration commands.
  • Consistent user interface based on Symfony.
  • The CLI is extensible so third party developers can “plug in” to it. This has the additional benefit of eliminating users’ learning curve.
  • Commands for disabled modules do not display.


Before you begin, make sure you understand the following:

Add CLI commands using dependency injection

The Magento 2 sample modules provide a demonstration of many programming techniques, including adding a CLI command using dependency injection . Look at the sample-module-command for an example. The module’s discusses how to install it.

Following is a summary of the process:

  1. Create a Command class (the recommended location is <your component root dir>/Console/Command).

    See <Magento_Store_module_dir>/Console/Command/StoreListCommand.php for example.

  2. Declare your Command class in Magento\Framework\Console\CommandListInterface using dependency injection (<your component root dir>/etc/di.xml):

<config xmlns:xsi="" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:ObjectManager/etc/config.xsd">
    <type name="Magento\Framework\Console\CommandList">
            <argument name="commands" xsi:type="array">
                <item name="commandexample_somecommand" xsi:type="object">Magento\CommandExample\Console\Command\SomeCommand</item>
  1. Clean the cache and compiled code directories:

    cd <magento_root>/var
    rm -rf cache/* page_cache/* di/* generation/* 

Add CLI commands using the Composer autoloader

To be added at a later time.

Command naming guidelines