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Add cart items

Add cart items


This guide will show you how to create line items like products, promotion and other types and add them to the cart. It will also cover creating a custom LineItemHandler.


As most guides, this guide is also built upon the Plugin base guide, but you don't necessarily need that. It will use an example Storefront controller, so if you don't know how to add a custom storefront controller yet, have a look at our guide about Adding a custom page. Furthermore, registering classes or services to the DI container is also not explained here, but it's covered in our guide about Dependency injection, so having this open in another tab won't hurt.

Adding a simple item

For this guide, we will use an example controller, that is already registered. The process of creating such a controller is not explained here, for that case head over to our guide about Adding a custom page.

However, having a controller is not a necessity here, it just comes with the advantage of fetching the current cart by adding \Shopware\Core\Checkout\Cart\Cart as a method argument, which will automatically be filled by our argument resolver.

If you're planning to use this guide for something else but a controller, you can fetch the current cart with the \Shopware\Core\Checkout\Cart\SalesChannel\CartService::getCart method.

So let's add an example product to the cart using code. For that case, you'll need to have access to both the services \Shopware\Core\Checkout\Cart\LineItemFactoryRegistry and \Shopware\Core\Checkout\Cart\SalesChannel\CartService supplied to your controller or service via Dependency injection.

Let's have a look at an example.

// <plugin root>/src/Service/ExampleController.php
<?php declare(strict_types=1);

namespace Swag\BasicExample\Service;

use Shopware\Core\Checkout\Cart\LineItem\LineItem;
use Shopware\Core\Checkout\Cart\LineItemFactoryRegistry;
use Shopware\Core\Checkout\Cart\SalesChannel\CartService;
use Shopware\Core\Framework\Routing\Annotation\RouteScope;
use Shopware\Core\System\SalesChannel\SalesChannelContext;
use Shopware\Storefront\Controller\StorefrontController;
use Shopware\Storefront\Framework\Routing\StorefrontResponse;
use Symfony\Component\Routing\Annotation\Route;
use Shopware\Core\Checkout\Cart\Cart;

 * @RouteScope(scopes={"storefront"})
class ExampleController extends StorefrontController
     * @var LineItemFactoryRegistry
    private $factory;

     * @var CartService
    private $cartService;

    public function __construct(LineItemFactoryRegistry $factory, CartService $cartService)
        $this->factory = $factory;
        $this->cartService = $cartService;

     * @Route("/cartAdd", name="frontend.example", methods={"GET"})
    public function add(Cart $cart, SalesChannelContext $context): StorefrontResponse
        // Create product line item
        $lineItem = $this->factory->create([
            'type' => LineItem::PRODUCT_LINE_ITEM_TYPE, // Results in 'product'
            'referencedId' => 'myExampleId', // this is not a valid UUID, change this to your actual ID!
            'quantity' => 5,
            'payload' => ['key' => 'value']
        ], $context);

        $this->cartService->add($cart, $lineItem, $context);

        return $this->renderStorefront('@Storefront/storefront/base.html.twig');

As mentioned earlier, you can just apply the Cart argument to your method and it will be automatically filled.

Afterwards you create a line item using the LineItemFactoryRegistry and its create method. It is mandatory to supply the type property, which can be one of the following by default:

  • product
  • promotion
  • credit
  • custom

The LineItemFactoryRegistry holds a collection of handlers to create a line item of a specific type. Each line item type needs an own handler, which is covered later in this guide. If the type is not supported, it will throw a \Shopware\Core\Checkout\Cart\Exception\LineItemTypeNotSupportedException exception.

Other than that, we apply the referencedId, which in this case points to the product ID that we want to add. If you were to add a line item of type promotion, the referencedId would have to point to the respective promotion ID. The quantity field just contains the quantity of line items which you want to add to the cart.

Now have a look at the payload field, which only contains dummy data in this example. The payload field can contain any additional data that you need to attach to a line item in order to properly handle your business logic. E.g. the information about the chosen options of a configurable product are saved in there. Feel free to use this one to apply important information to your line item, that you might have to process later on, e.g. in the template.

You can find a list of all available fields in the createValidatorDefinition method of the LineItemFactoryRegistry.

If you now call the route /cartAdd, it should add the product with the ID myExampleId to the cart, 5 times.

Create new factory handler

Sometimes you really want to have a custom line item handler, e.g. for your own new entity, such as a bundle entity or alike. For that case, you can create your own line item handler, which will then be available in the LineItemFactoryRegistry as a valid type option.

You need to create a new class which implements the interface \Shopware\Core\Checkout\Cart\LineItemFactoryHandler\LineItemFactoryInterface and it needs to be registered in the DI container with the tag shopware.cart.line_item.factory.

// <plugin root>/src/Resources/config/services.xml
<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<container xmlns=""

        <service id="Swag\BasicExample\Service\ExampleHandler">
            <tag name="shopware.cart.line_item.factory" />

Let's first have a look at an example handler:

// <plugin root>/src/Service/ExampleHandler.php
<?php declare(strict_types=1);

namespace Swag\BasicExample\Service;

use Shopware\Core\Checkout\Cart\LineItem\LineItem;
use Shopware\Core\Checkout\Cart\LineItemFactoryHandler\LineItemFactoryInterface;
use Shopware\Core\System\SalesChannel\SalesChannelContext;

class ExampleHandler implements LineItemFactoryInterface
    public function supports(string $type): bool
        return $type === 'example';

    public function create(array $data, SalesChannelContext $context): LineItem
        return new LineItem($data['id'], 'MyType', $data['referencedId'] ?? null, 1);

    public function update(LineItem $lineItem, array $data, SalesChannelContext $context): void
        if (isset($data['referencedId'])) {

Implementing the LineItemFactoryInterface will force you to also implement three new methods:

  • supports: A method that is applied a string $type. This method has to return a bool whether or not it supports this type.

    In this example, this handler supports the line item type example.

  • create: This method is responsible for actually creating an instance of a LineItem. Apply everything necessary for your custom line item type

    here, such as fields, that always have to be set for your case. It is called when the method create of the LineItemFactoryRegistry is called,

    just like in the example earlier in this guide.

  • update: This method is called the method update of the LineItemFactoryRegistry is called. Just as the name suggests, your line item will be updated.

    Here you can define which properties of your line item may actually be updated. E.g. if you really want property X to contain "Y", you can do so here.

And that's it. You should now be able to create line items of type example once your handler is properly registered.