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PS3 Media Server Plugin Development


PS3 Media Server Plugin is a self-contained .jar which is loaded during the runtime of PS3 Media Server (PMS). PMS checks the plugins/ folder from its root and loads the correctly constructed jars. From the PMS trace you can find a line about trying to load plugins from the folder, e.g. Searching for plugins in /xxx/xxx/plugins

By default PMS does not load all jars from the plugins/ folder. The jar must contain a text file named plugin in its root, which contains the package and class of your plugin interface (contained in the jar). Example plugin file contains one line and looks like this: com.glebb.helloworld.Plugin The class Plugin must implement a PMS plugin interface ExternalListener or extend some other class implementing it. If these two conditions are satisfied, PMS will try to load the plugin.

Getting started

Here is a step-by-step guide to start developing plugins for PMS. You can develop using whatever tools you like, but in this guide we are using the Gradle build system and the Eclipse IDE.


  • You have built a snapshot PMS as described in the instructions and you have set up the development environment.
  • Gradle is installed and working

Step 1: install PMS to local maven repository

By doing this you don't have to manually load PMS-jars while developing your plugin. In the PMS root folder, execute: mvn javadoc:jar source:jar install. The javadoc:jar source:jar parameters tell Maven to install additional jars to local repository, containing source and javadocs, which makes it easier to develop the plugins using an IDE like Eclipse.

NOTICE: Maven plugins to create javadoc and source jars was included in PMS git commit 0c5414c2bf. If you are using older version, please update, or add the plugins manually to pom.xml and run the mvn command after that. You can also omit the "javadoc:jar source:jar" parameters, but then you will not be able to jump to the source in the IDE or see the javadocs.

Step 2: set up project using Gradle

  1. Create a folder for your plugin project.
  2. Create a build.gradle file there. Content:

    apply plugin: 'java'
    apply plugin: 'application'
    apply plugin: 'eclipse'
    mainClassName = "com.glebb.helloworld.Plugin"
    defaultTasks 'clean', 'jar'
    version = '1.0.0'
    jar.baseName = 'helloworld' // otherwise it defaults to the directory name
    repositories {
    dependencies {
        compile group: 'net.pms', name: 'pms', version: '1.5+'

    The content is pretty bare-bone and self-explaining. The dependencies declaration tries to load PMS jars from first local and then mavenCentral repository. You might need to tweak the version. Also notice the mainClassName, which you want to change later to reflect the main Plugin class that you implement.

  3. Execute gradle to see if it works. If everything goes as planned you should see "BUILD SUCCESSFUL".
  4. Execute gradle eclipse to create files needed to load the project in Eclipse.

Step 3: Configure project in Eclipse

  1. Import the project in Eclipse workspace (General / existing project).
  2. Create source folders (BuildPath/Configure Build Path.../Source):


    These are default locations where Gradle tries to load the source and resource files. You can use different folders, but you need to set up accordingly.

Step 4: Implement Skeleton-Plugin

  1. Create a class (make sure you define the same class as main class in build.gradle) to src/main/java
  2. Make the class implement net.pms.external.ExternalListener (Gradle should have added the PMS dependency to your project automatically, so the class should be resolvable by default)
  3. Add unimplemented methods.
  4. Implement name method: return "HelloWorld Plugin";.
  5. Create a new file called "plugin" to src/main/resources.
  6. Write a single line e.g. com.glebb.helloworld.Plugin to the "plugin" file. This needs to be the main class of your plugin with the package.
  7. Execute gradle
  8. Check that build/libs/helloworld-1.0.0.jar is created. (If you later run into problems, you can check the jar and make sure the root contains the plugin file with correct path to mainClass, which should also be included)

Step 5: Load the plugin in PMS

  1. Copy your created jar (e.g. helloworld-1.0.0.jar) to plugins/ folder of your PMS.
  2. Start PMS.
  3. Check from Traces that plugin is loaded: Searching for plugins in ... Found plugin: com.glebb.helloworld.Plugin
  4. Your plugin should also show up at the bottom of General Configuration tab.

That's it. Now you have a working project to build on, happy plugging!

You can download a skeleton "HelloWorld" plugin from which implements steps stated here.

Plugin types provided by PMS

By implementing interfaces found from net.pms.external you can create different types of plugins.

Example: AdditionalFolderAtRoot

Adds a new VirtualFolder to the root system. This type of plugin requires 4 methods to be implemented:

  • name, used in the plugin list
  • config, returning a JComponent object that shows any configuration options onscreen. This is being called when the plugin list button is pressed. Can return null.
  • shutdown, in case you need to clean up something, e.g. file or network handlers. Can be empty.
  • getChild, returning a VirtualFolder item. Needs to return real DLNAResource (e.g. VirtualFolder)

With this type you should also implement discoverChildren to at least on of the child classes (where you call addChild method to populate folders with actual DLNAResource file (e.g. RealFile). RefreshChildren should also be implemented, if you want to update the folders.

Debugging plugins when running PMS from Eclipse

Unfortunately the current version of PMS has some problems with debugging plugins. This will be fixed when pms-mlx will be merged into PMS. Until then, here is a workaround:

As the relative path of the plugins directory is not the same when running from Eclipse or when packaged, you have to load the plugins dir from a properites file click and configure the version in a properties file to run from Eclipse click and when packaged click. In ExternalFactory, specify the PMS classloader as the base class loader for the one instanciating the plugins click. Then you can put the plugins into /src/main/external-resources/plugins.

Load both the modified PMS and your plugin projects to the same workspace and launch PMS using debug mode.

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