Accessing the admin front name programmatically in Magento 2

Published: March 23, 2017


Recently I was working on some Magento 2 code where I needed to programmatically determine the admin front name. If you run a Google search you’ll pretty quickly find the canonical answer for Magento 1


However, even after reading through two pages of Google results, I was not able to find an answer for Magento 2.

I decided to dig into the code myself and found that Magento\Framework\App\AreaList seems to be the best solution. Specifically the getFrontName method will give you the answer you need if you pass “adminhtml” as the $areaCode argument.

Here’s a quick example of how an implementation looks…


namespace Mpchadwick\Foo\Model;

use Magento\Framework\App\AreaList;

class Bar
    public $adminFrontName;
    public function __construct(AreaList $areaList)
        $this->adminFrontName = $areaList->getFrontName('adminhtml')        


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