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 23rd September 2023 at 3:13am

The hook mechanism provides a way for plugins to intercept and modify default functionality.

Add a hook

Hooks are added as follows:

name: name of hook function (by convention prefixed with `th-`)
handler: function to be called when hook is invoked

Params and return

The handler function will be called with parameters that depend on the specific hook in question, but they always follow the pattern handler(value,params...)

  • value: an optional value that is to be transformed by the hook function
  • params: one or more optional parameters that are passed to the hook function

If required by the hook in question, the handler function must return the modified value.

Multiple handlers

Multiple handlers can be assigned to the same name using repeated calls. When a hook is invoked by name all registered functions will be called sequentially in their order of addition.

Note that the value passed to the subsequent hook function will be the return value of the previous hook function.

Be careful not to addHook in widget's render method, which will be call several times. You could addHook in methods that only called once, e.g. the constructor of widget class. Otherwise you should removeHook then add it again.

Timing of registration

Though not essential care should be taken to ensure that hooks are added before they are invoked.

For example: Hook: th-opening-default-tiddlers-list should ideally be added before the story startup module is invoked. Otherwise any hook specified additions to the default tiddlers will not be seen on the initial loading of the page, though will be visible if the user clicks the home button.

Remove a hook

You should clean up the callback when your widget is going to unmount.


The handler should be the same function instance you used in addHook (check by ===). You can save it to this.xxxHookHandler on your widget, and call removeHook in destroy method.


A working example of a hook that adds "test" to the default tiddlers.

$tw.hooks.addHook("th-opening-default-tiddlers-list",function(list) { 
    return list;