Intercept a Target

Target interception is a feature provided by PWA Studio’s extensibility framework. It gives you the ability define an intercept file that can change feature behaviors, component logic, and even component source code without modifying a local copy of PWA Studio code.

Intercept file

The intercept file is where you directly interact with Target objects to apply customizations. It must export a default function that accepts a TargetProvider parameter.

module.exports = targets => {
    // Set buildpack features
  const builtins = targets.of("@magento/pwa-buildpack");
  builtins.specialFeatures.tap((featuresByModule) => {
    featuresByModule["my-extension"] = {
      // Tells buildpack that this extension uses ES Modules
      esModules: true,

Intercept file name and location

The file name and location of your intercept file is a custom value you specify in your project’s package.json file.

To register the location of your intercept file, set the value for pwa-studio.targets.intercept. For example, the following entry registers src/targets/intercept.js as this project’s intercept file.

"pwa-studio": {
    "targets": {
      "intercept": "src/targets/intercept"

How interception works

Target interception happens during the build process. The @magento/pwa-buildpack module creates a BuildBus process to execute intercept files in the storefront project or its dependencies.

The BuildBus process executes intercept files in named direct dependencies in a project. This means that modules listed under dependencies and devDependencies in a project’s package.json file have the ability to intercept Targets in the project. The process does not execute intercept files in dependencies beyond those modules in the dependency tree.

Interception order

The interception process executes files in dependency order. This means that if your module declares another module with Targets as a peer dependency, the other module’s intercept file executes first.