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Liferay 7-DXP Model Listener Hook

Model Listener is used to listen to  Liferay Model Events. We can perform custom action on Before/After the persistence event of Model objects using Model Listener. Model Listeners implement ModelListener interface. They are useful in terms of processing, custom login on Model objects while they are added/updated/removed. For ex, if we want to perform any specific action before User is created then we can implement the Model Listener for User model and perform actions on onBeforeCreate method. This would be invoked before persistence layer’s create method.


Prerequisite :

Basic knowledge of Liferay 7 Development and Liferay Hooks


We were used to create Hook plugin in previous Liferay versions to create Model Listener hook. Here, we will be creating Module project with Model Listener implementation for Role model. We will be using ModelListener.class as a service Component class of our module. We will implement ModelListener for Role model which will be called before/after on persistence events of Role entity.


First of all, create a module project for custom listener class.  Consider below code for @Component annotation of Module Class.



immediate = true,

service = ModelListener.class



Now you need to extend BaseModelListener<Role> class in order to override listener methods from parent class for Role entity. For example, consider below code where I have overriden onAfterCreate and onBeforeCreate methods.


public class MyCustomRoleModelListenerPortlet extends BaseModelListener<Role> {


public void onAfterCreate(Role model) throws ModelListenerException {


// Write your custom Logic




public void onBeforeCreate(Role model) throws ModelListenerException {


// Write your custom Logic





When you will deploy this module/hook into Liferay DXP/7 portal, it will call above methods before and after creating a Role from Control Panel.


You can implement any of the below listener methods in Model Listener Hook.













That’s all. You can create Model Listener Hook in Liferay 7 with the help of mentioned steps.

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