#include <ts/ts.h>
void TSLifecycleHookAdd(TSLifecycleHookID id, TSCont contp)


TSLifecycleHookAdd() adds contp to the list of lifecycle hooks specified by id. Lifecycle hooks are based on the Traffic Server process, not on any specific transaction or session. These will typically be called only once during the execution of the Traffic Server process and therefore should be added in TSPluginInit() (which could itself be considered a lifecycle hook). Unlike other hooks, lifecycle hooks may not have a well defined ordering and use of them should not assume that one of the hooks is always called before another unless specifically mentioned.


enum TSLifecycleHookID

Life cycle hook selector.


Called after the proxy server port data structures have been initialized but before connections are accepted on those ports. The sockets corresponding to the ports may or may not be open depending on how the traffic_server process was invoked. Other API functions that depend on server ports should be called from this hook and not TSPluginInit().

Invoked with the event TS_EVENT_LIFECYCLE_PORTS_INITIALIZED and nullptr data.


Called after enabling connections on the proxy server ports. Because Traffic Server is threaded this may or may not be called before any connections are accepted. The hook code may assume that any connection to Traffic Server started after this hook is called will be accepted by Traffic Server, making this a convenient place to signal external processes of that.

Invoked with the event TS_EVENT_LIFECYCLE_PORTS_READY and nullptr data.


Called after Traffic Server cache initialization has finished.

Invoked with the event TS_EVENT_LIFECYCLE_CACHE_READY and nullptr data.


Called when triggered by an external process, such as traffic_ctl.

Invoked with the event TS_EVENT_LIFECYCLE_MSG. The data is an instance of the TSPluginMsg. This contains a tag which is a null terminated string and a data payload. The payload cannot be assumed to be null terminated and is created by the external agent. Its internal structure and format are entirely under the control of the external agent although presumably there is an agreement between the plugin and the external where this is determined by the tag.


Called after the initialization of the SSL context used by Traffic Server for outbound connections (Traffic Server as client).


Called after every SSL context initialization used by Traffic Server for inbound connections (Traffic Server as the server).


Called after Traffic Server task threads have been started.

Invoked with the event TS_EVENT_LIFECYCLE_TASK_THREADS_READY and nullptr data.


Called before the data for the certificate or key is loaded. The data argument to the callback is a pointer to a TSSecretID which contains a pointer to the name of the certificate or key and the relevant version if applicable.

This hook gives the plugin a chance to load the certificate or key from an alternative source and set via the TSSslSecretSet() API. If there is no plugin override, the certificate or key will be loaded from disk and the secret name will be interpreted as a file path.


Called after Traffic Server receiving a shutdown signal, such as SIGTERM.

Invoked with the event TS_EVENT_LIFECYCLE_SHUTDOWN and nullptr data.

struct TSPluginMsg

The data for the plugin message event TS_EVENT_LIFECYCLE_MSG.

const char *tag

The tag of the message. This is a null terminated string.

const void *data

Message data (payload). This is a raw slab of bytes - no structure is guaranteed.

size_t data_size

The number of valid bytes pointed at by TSPluginMsg.data.




The following example demonstrates how to correctly use TSNetAcceptNamedProtocol(), which requires the proxy ports to be initialized and therefore does not work if called from TSPluginInit() directly.

#include <ts/ts.h>

#define SSL_PROTOCOL_NAME "whatever"

static int
ssl_proto_handler(TSCont contp, TSEvent event, void* data)
   /// Do named protocol handling.

static int
local_ssl_init(TSCont contp, TSEvent event, void * edata)
   if (TS_EVENT_LIFECYCLE_PORTS_INITIALIZED == event) { // just to be safe.
         TSContCreate(ssl_proto_handler, TSMutexCreate()),
   return 0;

TSPluginInit (int argc, const char * argv[])
   TSLifecycleHookAdd(TS_LIFECYCLE_PORTS_INITIALIZED_HOOK, TSContCreate(local_ssl_init, nullptr));


Lifecycle hooks were introduced to solve process initialization ordering issues (TS-1487). Different API calls required different modules of Traffic Server to be initialized for the call to work, but others did not work that late in initialization, which was problematic because all of them could effectively only be called from TSPluginInit() . The solution was to move TSPluginInit() as early as possible in the process initialization and provide hooks for API calls that needed to be invoked later which served essentially as additional plugin initialization points.

See Also

TSAPI(3ts), TSContCreate(3ts)