SyncVar Hooks

The hook attribute can be used to specify a function to be called when the SyncVar changes value on the client.

  • The Hook method must have two parameters of the same type as the SyncVar property. One for the old value, one for the new value.

  • The Hook is always called after the property value is set. You don't need to set it yourself.

  • The Hook only fires for changed values, and changing a value in the inspector will not trigger an update.

  • As of version 11.1.4 (March 2020) and later, hooks can be virtual methods and overriden in a derived class.

Below is a simple example of assigning a random color to each player when they're spawned on the server. All clients will see all players in the correct colors, even if they join later.

Note: The signature for hook methods was changed in version 9.0 (Feb 2020) to having 2 parameters (old and new values). If you're on an older version, hook methods just have one parameter (new value).

using UnityEngine;
using Mirror;

public class PlayerController : NetworkBehaviour
    [SyncVar(hook = nameof(SetColor))]
    Color playerColor =;

    // Unity makes a clone of the Material every time GetComponent().material is used.
    // Cache it here and Destroy it in OnDestroy to prevent a memory leak.
    Material cachedMaterial;

    public override void OnStartServer()
        playerColor = Random.ColorHSV(0f, 1f, 1f, 1f, 0.5f, 1f);

    void SetColor(Color oldColor, Color newColor)
        if (cachedMaterial == null)
            cachedMaterial = GetComponent().material;

        cachedMaterial.color = newColor;

    void OnDestroy()

Hook call order

Hooks are invoked in the order the syncvars are defined in the file.

public class MyBehaviour : NetworkBehaviour 
    int X;

    [SyncVar(hook = nameof(Hook1))] 
    int Y;

    [SyncVar(hook = nameof(Hook2))]
    int Z;

if X, Y, and Z are all set on the server at the same time then the call order will be:

  1. X value is set

  2. Y value is set

  3. Hook1 is called

  4. Z value is set

  5. Hook2 is called

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