I've been trying to overwrite the getBackUrl method in the Cart Add controller of the checkout. With a preference I managed without an issue but plugins are a bit more of a challenge.

Here's what I have so far.


<config xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:ObjectManager/etc/config.xsd">
    <type name="Magento\Checkout\Controller\Cart\Add">
        <plugin name="[namespace]_[module]_checkout_controller_cart_add_before" type="[Namespace]\[Module]\Controller\Checkout\Cart\Plugin" sortOrder="1" />


namespace [Namespace]\[Module]\Controller\Checkout\Cart;

class Plugin

     * @var \Magento\Framework\App\Config\ScopeConfigInterface
    protected $_config;

     * @var \Magento\Framework\Url
    protected $_url;

     * @param \Magento\Framework\App\Config\ScopeConfigInterface $config
     * @param \Magento\Framework\Url $url
    public function __construct(
        \Magento\Framework\App\Config\ScopeConfigInterface $config,
        \Magento\Framework\Url $url
    ) {
        $this->_config = $config;
        $this->_url = $url;

     * Get resolved back url, rewritten to return checkout URL instead of cart url
     * @param \Magento\Checkout\Controller\Cart\Add $subject
     * @return string
    protected function beforeGetBackUrl(\Magento\Checkout\Controller\Cart\Add $subject)
        return $this->_url->getUrl('some/custom/url');

Whatever I try I can't get it to reach the beforeGetBackUrl method.

3 Answers 3


It is possible to plug in to the public non-static methods only: http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.0/extension-dev-guide/plugins.html#plugin-limit
It is impossible to plug in to the protected, private, static methods.
Also it is impossible to plug in to the public __construct method (constructor).
https://github.com/magento/magento2/issues/2265 https://github.com/magento/magento2/issues/2367 https://github.com/magento/magento2/issues/2202#issuecomment-151599087

  • Wow, how did I not catch that. So in this case I should use a preference?
    – Sander Mangel
    Nov 22, 2015 at 14:00
  • Preference is evil because you break all other extensions who will try to set a preference for the same class: github.com/magento/magento2/issues/2443 Nov 22, 2015 at 14:04
  • Which I understand but in this case I don't see another option if I want to rewrite that method
    – Sander Mangel
    Nov 22, 2015 at 14:04
  • You need to choose carefully another method to plug in, or handle an event, or report the issue in the official tracker: github.com/magento/magento2/issues/2265#issuecomment-154910716 Nov 22, 2015 at 14:05
  • already went for execute :) kinda weird tho, there is a perfect option but is way to limited and an 'evil' option which they shouldn't even have provided imo. Anyway, thanks for the help!
    – Sander Mangel
    Nov 22, 2015 at 14:07

You cannot plugginize getBackUrl, but you can getUrl.

For this you need:

  1. Create virtual type myUrlBulder from \Magento\Framework\Url
  2. Use it as argument for \Magento\Checkout\Controller\Cart\Add
  3. Declare plugin for myUrlBulder virtual type
  • Awesome word: plugginize! So I ended up plugginizing the execute method, sounds easier but I'll try out your method as training
    – Sander Mangel
    Nov 22, 2015 at 15:50
  • @KAndy:- please see my post where i added virtual type approach but not working please review my code and correct me where i missed Nov 24, 2015 at 6:48
  • @KAndy:- can you post the code how to do it in virtual type i create one more question magento.stackexchange.com/questions/91353/… Nov 24, 2015 at 10:05

Can I pluginize execute method or any solution to over ride the execute method of Add.php in cart controllers.

Here is the link of thread I already created few days before but no solution

    Overriding Magento 2.3 Checkout Cart Control Using Plugin using around but not working 

   Overriding add cart controller in magento 2 

Any solution any reference which can work execute will be appreciated


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