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Plugin Quick Start

Eduardo Ramos edited this page Jun 1, 2016 · 1 revision


This HowTo covers how to get started with Gephi plugin development. Make sure you have Git and GitHub set up before starting.

Checkout the gephi-plugins code

We prepared an out of the box development environment on the gephi-plugins repository on GitHub. Once downloaded it doesn't need anything else to run a development version of Gephi. Fork the project on GitHUb and clone the repository (replace username with your login):

git clone

Now you can open the project in Netbeans. Gephi development happens in Netbeans because Gephi is based on the awesome Netbeans Platform. The gephi-plugins folder is automatically recognized when opening a project in Netbeans. Right click on the project and select Run to start Gephi.

You can also run Gephi from the command-line using the ant run command.

Create a plugin

  1. In Netbeans, expand the Gephi Plugins project and right-click on Modules. Select Add New...
  • Enter the plugin name: MyFirstPlugin and click Next.
  • In the next panel, enter a unique codebase name, for instance org.myname.myfirstplugin and click Finish.
  • In the Netbeans Project tree, you should see now your module MyFirstPlugin. Expand it to find its Source Package. Here you will place your code.

image New module Step 1

image New module Step 2

image New module in the Projects tree

You created a plugin, which doesn't do anything for the moment. When you build Gephi, your plugin is now fully integrated. It appears in the Plugin Center (Tools > Plugin).

Brand your plugin

  1. Right-click on your plugin project MyFirstPlugin and select Properties.
  • Select Display on the left panel and fill Display Category, Short Description and Long Description.
  • Select Packaging on the left panel and fill License, Homepage (if exists) and Author information.
  • Click on OK to validate changes.

image Branding Step 1

image Branding Step 2

Distribute your plugin

When you successfully tested your plugin, it's time to create a release.

  1. Right-click on the project and select Package As and then NMBs.
  • Go to the build folder and find the created file. Individual NBM files (one per each module) are packaged in this zip.

Now you can publish you plugin on the Gephi Marketplace.

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