I created my own class file that I include in one of my Craft Services files. Is there any way I can access the craft instance inside of this file?

For example, inside my Craft service I create a new instance of my class like:

$wally = new Wally();

Inside of the actual Wally class file, I'd like to be able to create a variable in my constructor that gives me access to stuff like this:


For further clarification:

class Wally {
   function __construct($craftInstance) {
      $this->craft = $craftInstance;

If it sounds like I don't know what I'm doing, I probably don't. Any help would be appreciated. Using Craft 2.6 btw.


You don't need to pass anything in there.

The function craft() is just a public function that returns the static app. It does not matter if you call it inside a plugin or somewhere else.

namespace Craft; //<----- added namespace
class Wally {
   function __construct() {
      $criteria = craft()->elements->getCriteria(ElementType::Entry);

If you don't want to be in the same namespace you can do

class Wally {
   function __construct() {
      $criteria = \Craft\craft()->elements->getCriteria(\Craft\ElementType::Entry);

If you really want to save the app in an extra variable for whatever reasons you would do

new Wally(craft());
  • Well, the particular reason is I wrote some Hackalicious code that is going to have to wait to be refactored. This will definitely work! Thanks a lot. Mar 19 '18 at 20:50
  • Just a quick question. Wouldnt $criteria be, $this->criteria in the constructor? Just checking if this was intentional or not. Mar 20 '18 at 11:35
  • It depends what you are going to do. I don't know what you want or achieve. Mar 20 '18 at 11:41
  • Well, I ended up making an external class in a vendor file to handle a ton of the programming logic required in one of my Services files. The reason behind this was because I didn't want to clutter up my Service class file with a bunch of looping and traversal stuff. So basically, I queried my entry in the service, and ended up just passing that response off into my vendor class. However, I hit somewhat of a wall when I realized I needed to perform image transforms inside this class. I guess I was just trying to stay organized, but probably didnt go about it in the right way. Mar 20 '18 at 11:46
  • Dont really know why I didnt just do it all in the Service. Mar 20 '18 at 11:52

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