You can learn more about events in general in the Symfony documentation.

What is the naming convention of Sylius events?

The events that are designed for the entities have a general naming convention: sylius.entity_name.event_name.

The examples of such events are: sylius.product.pre_update, sylius.shop_user.post_create, sylius.taxon.pre_create.

Events reference

All Sylius bundles are using SyliusResourceBundle, which has some built-in events.

Event Description
sylius.<resource>.pre_create Before persist
sylius.<resource>.post_create After flush
sylius.<resource>.pre_update Before flush
sylius.<resource>.post_update After flush
sylius.<resource>.pre_delete Before remove
sylius.<resource>.post_delete After flush
sylius.<resource>.initialize_create Before creating view
sylius.<resource>.initialize_update Before creating view

CRUD events rules

As you should already know, every resource controller is represented by the sylius.controller.<resource_name> service. Several useful events are dispatched during execution of every default action of this controller. When creating a new resource via the createAction method, 2 events occur.

First, before the persist() is called on the resource, the sylius.<resource_name>.pre_create event is dispatched.

And after the data storage is updated, sylius.<resource_name>.post_create is triggered.

The same set of events is available for the update and delete operations. All the dispatches are using the GenericEvent class and return the resource object by the getSubject method.

Checkout events rules

To dispatch checkout steps the events names are overloaded. See _sylius.event in src/Sylius/Bundle/ShopBundle/Resources/config/routing/checkout.yml

Event Description
sylius.order.initialize_address Before creating address view
sylius.order.initialize_select_shipping Before creating shipping view
sylius.order.initialize_payment Before creating payment view
sylius.order.initialize_complete Before creating complete view

What events are already used in Sylius?

Even though Sylius has events as entry points to each resource only some of these points are already used in our usecases.

The events already used in Sylius are described in the Book alongside the concepts they concern.


What is more you can easily check all the Sylius events in your application by using this command:

php bin/console debug:event-dispatcher | grep sylius



Customizing logic via Events vs. State Machines

The logic in which Sylius operates can be customized in two ways. First of them is using the state machines: what is really useful when you need to modify business logic for instance modify the flow of the checkout, and the second is listening on the kernel events related to the entities, which is helpful for modifying the HTTP responses visible directly to the user, like displaying notifications, sending emails.