Masonite 2.1 to 2.2

Masonite 2.1 to 2.2


Welcome to the upgrade guide to get your Masonite 2.1 application working with Masonite 2.2. We'll be focusing on all the breaking changes so we can get all your code working on a Masonite 2.2 release cycle.

We will not go into all the better ways to use some of the features. For those changes be sure to read the "Whats New in 2.2" documentation to the left to see what fits into your application and what doesn't. We will only focus on the breaking changes here.

Masonite 2.2 is jam packed with amazing new features and most of which are backwards compatible so upgrading from Masonite 2.1 to 2.2 is really simple.

We'll go through each section that your application will need to be upgraded and how it can be done.

Each upgrade will have an impact rating from LOW to HIGH. The lower the rating, the less likely it will be that your specific application needs the upgrade.

Getting Started

First let's upgrade Masonite to 2.2 first so we can see any exceptions that will be raised.

Let's upgrade by doing:

pip install masonite==2.2.0

You can also add it to your requirements.txt or Pipfile.

Removing route helpers

Impact: MEDIUM

In Masonite 2.1, route helpers were deprecated and you likely started receiving deprecation warnings. In Masonite 2.2, these were removed. You may have had routes that looks like this:

from masonite.helpers.routes import get, post


You will now need to remove all these and use the class based ones. To make this easier we can just import the get and post helpers and alias them like this:

from masonite.routes import Get as get, Post as post


Changed Validation

Impact: MEDIUM

Masonite 2.2 completely removes the validation library that shipped with Masonite in favor of a brand new one that was built specifically for Masonite.

Validation Provider

You'll need to add a new validation provider if you want your application to have the new validation features.

Add it by importing it into config/ and add it to your PROVIDERS list:

from masonite.validation.providers import ValidationProvider


Replacing Validation Code

Masonite 2.2 completely removed the validation package from 2.1 and created an even better all new validation package. You'll have to remove all your validation classes and use the new validation package.

For example you may have had a validation class that looked like this:

class RegisterValidator(Validator):

    def register(self):
        users = User.all()
            'email': 'That email already exists',
            'username': 'Usernames should be between 3 and 20 characters long'

        return self.validate({
            'username': [Required, Length(3, 20)],
            'email': [Required, Length(1), Not(In(users.pluck('email')))],
            'password': [Required]

and used it inside your views like this:

from app.validators import RegisterValidator

    def store(self):
        validate = RegisterValidator(self.request).register()
        if validate.check():

        if not validate.check():
            self.request.session.flash('validation', json.dumps(validate.errors()))
            return self.request.redirect_to('register')

This is now completely changed to use a better and more sleeker validation. The above validation can now be written like this:

from masonite.validation import Validator

    def store(self, request: Request, validator: Validator):
        errors = request.validate(
            validator.required(['username', 'email', 'password'])
            validator.length('username', min=3, max=20)
            validator.length('email', min=3)
                validator.is_in('email', User.all().pluck('email'))

        if errors:
            return self.request.redirect_to('register').with_errors(errors)

You can do a lot of other awesome things like rule enclosures. Read more under the Validation documentation

Auth class now auto resolves it's own request class

Masonite 2.2 changes a bit how the masonite.auth.Auth class resolves out of the container and how it resolves its own dependencies.

Now instead of doing something like:

from masonite.auth import Auth
def show(self, request: Request):

You'll need to move this into the parameter list so it can be resolved:

from masonite.auth import Auth
def show(self, auth: Auth):

There should be quite a bit of these in your application if you have used this class or you have used the built in craft auth scaffold command.

Here is an example application that is being upgraded from 2.1 to 2.2 GitHub Repo

Resolving Classes

Impact: MEDIUM

The behavior for resolving classes has now been changed. If you bind a class into the container like this:

from import SomeClass

class SomeProvider:

    def register(self):'SomeClass', SomeClass)

It previously would have resolved and gave back the class:

from import SomeClass

def show(self, request: Request, some: SomeClass):
    some #== <class>
    setup_class = some(request)

This will now resolve from the container when you resolve it as a parameter list. This means that you will never get back a class inside places like controllers.

Now the above code would look something like this:

from import SomeClass

def show(self, request: Request, some: SomeClass):
    some #== < x9279182>

notice it now returns an object. This is because Masonite will check before it resolves the class if the class itself needs to be resolved (if it is a class). If SomeClass requires the request object, it will be passed automatically when you resolve it.


Masonite 2.2 focused a lot on new testing aspects of Masonite and has some big rewrites of the package internally.

UnitTest class

The UnitTest class has been completely removed in favor of the new masonite.testing.TestCase method.

An import that looked like this:

from masonite.testing import UnitTest

class TestSomeUnit(UnitTest):

Should now look like this:

from masonite.testing import TestCase

class TestSomeUnit(TestCase):

Pytest VS Unittest

All classes have now been changed to unittest classes. This will still work with pytest and you can still run python -m pytest. The only thing that changes is the structure of the setup_method(). This has been renamed to setUp().

A class like this:

from masonite.testing import UnitTest
from routes.web import ROUTES

class TestSomeUnit(UnitTest):

    def setup_method(self):


Should now look like this:

from masonite.testing import TestCase

class TestSomeUnit(TestCase):

    def setUp(self):

Method naming

Previously all methods were snake_case but to continue with the unittest convention, all testing methods are camelCase.

A method like:


Now becomes:


Again this is to prevent developers from needing to switch between snake_case and camelCase when using Masonite methods and unittest methods.

Route method

The route method that looked something like this:

def test_route_has_the_correct_name(self):
    assert self.route('/testing')

Has now been replaced with the method name of the route. So to get a GET route you would do:

def test_route_has_the_correct_name(self):
    assert self.get('/testing')

or a POST route:

def test_route_has_the_correct_name(self):

So be sure to update all methods of self.route() with the correct request methods.

Loading Routes

In 2.1 you had to manually load your routes in like this:

    def setup_method(self):

            Get().route('/testing', 'SomeController@show').name('testing.route').middleware('auth', 'owner')

this is no longer required and routes will be found automatically. There is no longer a self.routes() method.

JSON method

The JSON method signature has changed and you now should specify the request method as the first parameter.

A previous call that looked like this:

self.json('/test/json/response/1', {'id': 1}, method="POST")

should become:

self.json('POST', '/test/json/response/1', {'id': 1})


Previously you logged a user in by using the user method but now you can using the actingAs method before you call the route:

A method like this:

class MockUser:
    is_admin = 1

def test_owner_user_can_view(self):
    assert self.route('/some/protect/route').user(MockUser).can_view()

Should now be:

from app.User import User

def test_owner_user_can_view(self):

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