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A very slim framework for building pluggable code.

If you want to build an application or a framework that uses plugins for extensibility, you should take a look at pluggage. Pluggage takes care of discovery and lifecycle management of the plugins. Beyond that, pluggage imposes very little on the interaction between plugin and host.

Pluggage is a combination of plugin and package, but it also sounds a lot like luggage


With npm do:

npm install --save pluggage

Host/Load plugins in your code

A plugin host manages discovery and lifecycle of plugins. It can also expose an api to them. To install a plugin simply npm install your-plugin in the host application.

Using exact or prefix in the host(...) options will make pluggage automatically load and initialize packages that were npm installed.

const pluggage = require('pluggage')

const hostApi = {
    foo: () => {}

// load all plugins who's package name starts with `generator-``
let host ={ prefix: 'generator-', hostApi })

// initialize the plugins
host.init((err) => {})
host.shutdown((err) => {})

// load the plugins who's package name exactly match the names specified in the array
let exactHost ={ exact: ['plugin1', 'plugin2'], hostApi })

// TODO promise based API

Write a plugin

A plugin is just a package that exports the pluggage interface. The interface allows the host to manage the lifecycle of the plugin.

const pluggage = require('pluggage')

module.exports.pluggage = pluggage.plugin({
   init:  (hostApi, callback) => {},
   shutdown: (callback) => {}


MIT © Yaniv Kessler

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