In keeping with the Node philosophy, Sails aims to keep its core as small as possible, delegating all but the most critical functions to separate modules*. There are currently three types of extensions that you can make to Sails:
- Generators - for adding and overriding functionality in the Sails CLI. Example: sails-generate-model, which allows you to create models on the command line with
sails generate model foo.
- Adapters - for integrating Waterline (Sails' ORM) with new data sources, including databases, APIs, or even hardware. Example: sails-postgresql, the official PostgreSQL adapter for Sails.
- Hooks - for overriding or injecting new functionality in the Sails runtime. Example: sails-hook-autoreload, which adds auto-refreshing for a Sails project's API without having to manually restart the server.
If you’re interested in developing a plugin for Sails, you will most often want to make a hook.
* Core hooks, like
request, etc. are hooks which are bundled with Sails out of the box. They can be disabled by specifying a
hooks configuration in your
.sailsrc file, or when lifting Sails programatically.
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