metaclass - a pragma for installing and using Class::MOP metaclasses


version 2.2207


  package MyClass;

  # use Class::MOP::Class
  use metaclass;

  # ... or use a custom metaclass
  use metaclass 'MyMetaClass';

  # ... or use a custom metaclass
  # and custom attribute and method
  # metaclasses
  use metaclass 'MyMetaClass' => (
      'attribute_metaclass' => 'MyAttributeMetaClass',
      'method_metaclass'    => 'MyMethodMetaClass',

  # ... or just specify custom attribute
  # and method classes, and Class::MOP::Class
  # is the assumed metaclass
  use metaclass (
      'attribute_metaclass' => 'MyAttributeMetaClass',
      'method_metaclass'    => 'MyMethodMetaClass',

  # if we'd rather not install a 'meta' method, we can do this
  use metaclass meta_name => undef;
  # or if we'd like it to have a different name,
  use metaclass meta_name => 'my_meta';


This is a pragma to make it easier to use a specific metaclass and a set of custom attribute and method metaclasses. It also installs a meta method to your class as well, unless undef is passed to the meta_name option.

Note that if you are using Moose, you most likely do not want to be using this - look into Moose::Util::MetaRole instead.


  • Stevan Little <>

  • Dave Rolsky <>

  • Jesse Luehrs <>

  • Shawn M Moore <>

  • יובל קוג'מן (Yuval Kogman) <>

  • Karen Etheridge <>

  • Florian Ragwitz <>

  • Hans Dieter Pearcey <>

  • Chris Prather <>

  • Matt S Trout <>


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