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2021-08-10 - Storefront coding standars

2021-08-10 - Storefront coding standars


This document represents an architecture decision record (ADR) and has been mirrored from the ADR section in our Shopware 6 repository. You can find the original version here


  • The current coding standards are not put into an ADR yet.
  • This ADR is to determine the current standards to have a start from where to enhance the storefront concept further more.



  • Each controller action has to be declared with a @Since tag
  • Each controller action requires a @Route annotation
  • The name of the route should be starting with "frontend"
  • Each route should define the corresponding HTTP Method (GET, POST, DELETE, PATCH)
  • Routes which renders pages for the storefront (GET calls) are calling a respective pageloader to get the data it needs.
  • The function name should be concise
  • Each function should define a return type hint
  • A route should have a single purpose
  • Use Symfony flash bags for error reporting
  • Each storefront functionality has to be available inside the store-api too
  • A storefront controller should never contain business logic
  • The controller class requires the annotation: @RouteScope(scopes={"storefront"})
  • Depending services has to be injected over the class constructor
  • Depending services has to be defined in the DI-Container service definition
  • Depending services has to be assigned to a private class property
  • A storefront controller has to extend the \Shopware\Storefront\Controller\StorefrontController
  • Using LoginRequired annotation to identify whether the Customer is logged in or not.
  • Each storefront functionality needs to make use of a store-api route service. to make sure, this functionality is also available via API

Operations inside Storefront controllers

A storefront controller should never use a repository directly, It should be injected inside a Route.

Routes which should load a full storefront page, should use a PageLoader class to load all corresponding data that returns a Page-Object.

Pages which contains data which are the same for all customers, should have the @HttpCache annotation

Write operations inside Storefront controllers

Write operations should create their response with the createActionResponse function to allow different forwards and redirects. Each write operation has to call a corresponding store-api route.


  • A PageLoader is a class which creates a page-object with the data for the called whole page.
  • A PageletLoader is a class which creates a pagelet-object with the data for a part of a page.

The pageLoaders are a specific class to load the data for a given page. The controller calls the pageloader, which collects the needed data for that page via the Store-api. The pageloader can call other pageletloaders to get the data for pagelets(subcontent for a page). The pageloader always returns a page-object.


All dependencies in the controllers for routes which render a page have to be moved to the Loaders and if still missing, the Loader and Page has to be created. All direct DAL-dependencies inside the storefront have to be moved to Store-Api routes and respective calls. All other dependencies which are not allowed have to be checked for individual alternatives