Partner Hooks Design Pattern

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Partner hooks are places in the standard application where extra functionality can be added to the existing code without causing subsequent upgrade issues.


Some places in the application are very likely to be changed for each new version or service pack. Moreover, it is common for them to be modified by partners and/or customers. By providing a hook, partners can add their own code in a location that doesn't affect changes that are made to the standard application. For example, a partner should add code to Info.startupPost, instead of Info.startup, so their code does not affect any updates to Info.startup in a new version of Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Do not use this pattern instead of the Strategy pattern. It provides the same benefits in a more streamlined manner. Use partner hooks only for sensitive places in the standard application where partner code can hinder initialization of vital areas.


To help make the upgrade more cost-efficient, create a hook method that remains unused by the standard application. Partners and customers can make changes with less focus on possible impact to upgrades.

Known Uses

Partner hooks are provided in the following methods:

  • Company.selectParametersPost (partner hook for Company.selectParameters)

  • Info.startupPost (partner hook for Info.startup)

  • Application.startupPost (partner hook for Application.startup)

See also

Microsoft Dynamics AX Design Patterns

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