Override Context

In this section you will learn how to override the existing Context's methods.

The Context is an interface. However as you probably know, when using other frameworks you don't have that functionality of overriding even if it's used as an interface. With Iris you can attach your implementation to the context pool itself using the app.ContextPool.Attach method.

  1. Let's get started by importing the "github.com/kataras/iris/v12/context" which is required here.

  2. Secondly, create your own Context implementation.

  3. Add the Do and Next methods where they just call the context.Do and context.Next package-level functions.

  4. Use the Application's ContextPool to set it as the Context implementation that should be used for the route's handlers.

Example Code:

Please read the comments too.

package main
import (
// 1.
// 2.
// Create your own custom Context, put any fields you'll need.
type MyContext struct {
// Embed the `iris.Context` -
// It's totally optional but you will need this if you
// don't want to override all the context's methods!
// Optionally: validate MyContext implements iris.Context on compile-time.
var _ iris.Context = &MyContext{}
// 3.
func (ctx *MyContext) Do(handlers context.Handlers) {
context.Do(ctx, handlers)
// 3.
func (ctx *MyContext) Next() {
// [Override any context's method you want here...]
// Like the HTML below:
func (ctx *MyContext) HTML(htmlContents string) (int, error) {
ctx.Application().Logger().Infof("Executing .HTML function from MyContext")
return ctx.WriteString(htmlContents)
func main() {
app := iris.New()
// 4.
app.ContextPool.Attach(func() iris.Context {
return &MyContext{
// If you use the embedded Context,
// call the `context.NewContext` to create one:
Context: context.NewContext(app),
// Register a view engine on .html files inside the ./view/** directory.
app.RegisterView(iris.HTML("./view", ".html"))
// Register your route, as you normally do
app.Handle("GET", "/", recordWhichContextForExample,
func(ctx iris.Context) {
// use the context's overridden HTML method.
ctx.HTML("<h1> Hello from my custom context's HTML! </h1>")
// This will be executed by the
// MyContext.Context embedded default context
// when MyContext is not directly define the View function by itself.
app.Handle("GET", "/hi/{firstname:alphabetical}",recordWhichContextForExample,
func(ctx iris.Context) {
firstname := ctx.Values().GetString("firstname")
ctx.ViewData("firstname", firstname)
// Should always print "($PATH) Handler is executing from 'MyContext'"
func recordWhichContextForExample(ctx iris.Context) {
ctx.Application().Logger().Infof("(%s) Handler is executing from: '%s'",
ctx.Path(), reflect.TypeOf(ctx).Elem().Name())