Creating a module

A JHipster module is a Yeoman generator that is composed with a specific JHipster sub-generator to inherit some of the common functionality from JHipster. A JHipster module can also register itself to act as a hook from the JHipster generator.

JHipster modules are listed on the JHipster marketplace.

This allows to create third-party generators that have access to the JHipster variables and functions, and act like standard JHipster sub-generators. The hook mechanism invokes third-party generators before and after app generation and entity generation.


The JHipster Fortune module generates a “fortune cookie” page in a JHipster-generated application.

It is our sample module that showcases how you can use JHipster’s variables and functions in order to create your own generator.

Or, you can use the JHipster module generator to help you to initialize your module.

Basic rules for a JHipster module

A JHipster module:

  • is an NPM package, and is a Yeoman generator.
  • follows an extension of the Yeoman rules listed at and can be installed, used and updated using the “yo” command. Instead of being prefixed by “generator-“, it is prefixed by “generator-jhipster-“, and instead of having just the “yeoman-generator” keyword, it must have 2 keywords, “yeoman-generator” and “jhipster-module”.
  • A JHipster module registering as a hook should not call process.exit in its generators being hooked.


A JHipster module uses the new “composability” feature from Yeoman, described at to have access to JHipster’s variables and functions.

For this, it composes with the “jhipster:modules” sub generator:

compose: function() {
    this.composeWith('jhipster:modules', {
        options: {
            jhipsterVar: jhipsterVar,
            jhipsterFunc: jhipsterFunc


JHipster will call certain hooks before and after some of its tasks, currently available and planned tasks are listed below.

  • Post Entity creation hook
  • Pre Entity creation hook [planned]
  • Post App creation hook [planned]
  • Pre App creation hook [planned]

JHipster module generator now has option to generate this. A JHipster module can register to act as a hook when its main generator is run by the end user. You need to call the registerModule method available in jhipsterFunc from your main (app) generator to register as hook, you need to pass the below parameters in the method as below

jhipsterFunc.registerModule(npmPackageName, hookFor, hookType[, callbackSubGenerator[, description]])
  • npmPackageName npm package name of the generator. e.g: jhipster-generator-fortune
  • hookFor which Jhipster hook from above this should be registered to ( values must be entity or app)
  • hookType where to hook this at the generator stage ( values must be pre or post)
  • callbackSubGenerator [optional] sub generator to invoke, if this is not given the module’s main (app) generator will be called, e.g: bar or foo generator
  • description [optional] description of the generator, if this is not given we will generate a default based on the npm name given

Variables available (source here)

Global variables:

  • baseName: the name of the application
  • packageName: the Java package name
  • mainClassName: the main Java class name
  • angularAppName: the Angular application name
  • packageFolder: the Java package folder
  • javaDir: the directory for the Java application, including the package folders
  • resourceDir: the directory containing the Java resources (always src/main/resources)
  • webappDir: the directory containing the Web application (always src/main/webapp)
  • CONSTANTS: the constants used by JHipster

And all the variables from the JHipster .yo-rc.json file:

  • authenticationType: the type of authentication
  • hibernateCache: the Hibernate 2nd level cache
  • clusteredHttpSession: whether a clustered HTTP session is used
  • websocket: whether WebSockets are used
  • databaseType: the type of database used
  • devDatabaseType: the database used in “dev” mode
  • prodDatabaseType: the database used in “prod” mode
  • searchEngine: whether a search engine is used
  • useSass: if Sass is used for CSS pre-processing
  • buildTool: the Java build tool
  • enableTranslation: if translations are enabled
  • nativeLanguage: native language selected for i18n
  • languages: additional languages selected for i18n
  • enableSocialSignIn: if social login is enabled
  • testFrameworks: an array of the test frameworks selected
  • jhiPrefix: the prefix applied before services, controllers and states names of JHipster components
  • jhipsterVersion: the JHipster version used to generate the application

Functions available (source here)

  • addSocialButton: add a new social button in the login and register modules
  • addSocialConnectionFactory: add a new social connection factory in the file
  • addSocialConfiguration: add new social configuration in the application.yml
  • addMavenPlugin: add a new maven plugin in the pom.xml file
  • addMavenDependency: add a new maven dependency in the pom.xmlfile
  • addGradlePlugin: add a new gradle plugin
  • addGradleDependency: add a new gradle dependency
  • applyFromGradleScript: apply script from another gradle file
  • addBowerrcParameter: add a new parameter in the .bowerrc
  • addBowerDependency: add a new package in the bower.json file
  • addBowerOverride: add an override configuration in the bower.json file
  • addNpmDependency: add a new dependency in the package.json file
  • addNpmDevDependency: add a new devDependency in the package.json file
  • addMainCSSStyle: add a new style in the main.css file
  • addMainSCSSStyle: add a new style in the main.scss file
  • addAngularJsModule: add a new module in the app.js file
  • addAngularJsInterceptor: register an AngularJS interceptor in the app.js file
  • addElementToMenu: add an entry in the navigation menu
  • addElementToAdminMenu: add an entry in the admin navigation sub-menu
  • addEntityToMenu: add an entity in the entity navigation sub-menu
  • addElementTranslationKey: add a new translation key in the global.json file
  • addAdminElementTranslationKey: add a new translation key for an admin sub-menu in the global.json file
  • addEntityTranslationKey: add a new translation key for an entity in the global.json file
  • addGlobalTranslationKey: add a new translation key in the global.json file
  • addTranslationKeyToAllLanguages: add a new translation key for all installed languages using methods addElementTranslationKey, addEntityTranslationKey, addAdminElementTranslationKey
  • isSupportedLanguage: check if a language is supported by JHipster
  • getAllSupportedLanguages: get the list of languages supported by Jhipster
  • getAllSupportedLanguageOptions: get all the language options supported by JHipster
  • getAllInstalledLanguages: get the list of languages installed by current application
  • addChangelogToLiquibase: add a new changelog in the Liquibase master.xml file for a given needle
  • addConstraintsChangelogToLiquibase: add a new constraints changelog to the Liquibase master.xml file
  • addLiquibaseChangelogToMaster: add a new changelog to the Liquibase master.xml file
  • addColumnToLiquibaseEntityChangeset: add new columns to the Liquibase changelog for an entity
  • dateFormatForLiquibase: creates a new timestamp to be used by a Liquibase changelog
  • copyI18nFilesByName: copy i18n files
  • copyTemplate: copy a template from source to a destination after stripping any translation content when translation is disabled
  • copyHtml: short hand method for copyTemplate which is defaulted to action stripHtml
  • copyJs: short hand method for copyTemplate which is defaulted to action stripJs
  • rewriteFile: add the given content above a specific custom needle in a file
  • replaceContent: replace the given content for a specific pattern/regex in a file
  • registerModule: register a JHipster module to act as a hook from app or entity generator
  • getModuleHooks: get the array of all registered module hooks for the application
  • updateEntityConfig: update the json configuration file for an entity with given key and value
  • getExistingEntities: get sorted list of entities according to changelog date in the current application
  • isJhipsterVersionLessThan: check if the JHipster version used to generate the project is less than a particular version

Registering a module to the JHipster marketplace

To have your module available in the JHipster marketplace, you need to make sure you have the 2 keyword yeoman-generator and jhipster-module in your published npm package.json. If you find any entry in the marketplace which is not a JHipster module, you can help to blacklist it by adding it to the blacklistedModules section of the modules-config.json file by doing a Pull Request to the jhipster/ project.

Your module will become “verified” if the JHipster team verifies it.

Once you publish your module to NPM, your module will become available in our marketplace.