Metadata

Declaration

As a single .py file only plugin, the metadata of Solo Plugin is declared in the global scope of the source file. It’s a dict contains several key-value with the name PLUGIN_METADATA

Here’s a metadata field with all possible key-values

PLUGIN_METADATA = {
    'id': 'my_plugin_id',
    'version': '1.0.0',
    'name': 'My Plugin',
    'description': 'A plugin to do something cool',
    'author': 'myself',
    'link': 'https://github.com',
    'dependencies': {
        'mcdreforged': '>=1.0.0',
        'an_important_api': '*'
    }
}

The following section Fields will use metadata declared in python syntax as examples


For multi file plugin, the metadata is declared in file mcdreforged.plugin.json in json syntax

Here’s an example

{
    "id": "example_plugin",
    "version": "1.0.0",
    "name": "Example Plugin",
    "description": "Example plugin for MCDR",
    "author": "Fallen_Breath",
    "link": "https://github.com/MCDReforged/MCDReforged-ExamplePlugin",
    "dependencies": {
        "mcdreforged": ">=2.0.0-alpha.1"
    }
}

If a plugin doesn’t not declare the meta data field, a warning will arise in the console and the fallback values will be used

Fields

id

ID, or plugin id, is the identity string of your plugin. It should consist of lowercase letters, numbers and underscores with a length of 1 to 64

Here’s some available plugin ids:

  • my_plugin

  • anotherhelper123

  • __a_cool_plugin__

But the following ids are not allowed:

  • MyPlugin

  • another-helper-123

  • a cool plugin

MCDR uses plugin id to distinguish between different plugins and check the dependencies. All loaded plugin in MCDR contain different plugin ids. If a newly loaded plugin has a plugin id exactly the same with an existed plugin, the new plugin will fail to load

Choose your plugin id wisely. It’s highly suggested to keep your plugin id not changed after release your plugin

Attention

Be careful about potential package name conflict. It is not recommended to take an id that is the same as the standard library / third-party library name for your plugin, e.g. test, otherwise MCDR might not able to load your plugin correctly

  • Field key: id

  • Value type: str

  • Fallback value: the file name without the .py extension if it’s a solo plugin

version

The version value indicates the version of your plugin. It’s mostly in semver format but it has less restriction such as you can have the core version with any length

Here’s some available version:

  • 1.0.0

  • 2.0

  • 1.2.3-pre4

  • 1.8.9-rc.8

  • 1.14.1-beta.4+build.54

Following semver format for you version string is a good idea. It’s easier to maintain and for people to understand

  • Field key: version

  • Value type: str

  • Fallback value: 0.0.0

name

The name of your plugin. Give your plugin with a nice name with any kinds of characters

Try not to make the name too long. For more details of your plugin, you can put them into the description

  • Field key: name

  • Value type: str

  • Fallback value: The plugin id

description

The description of you plugin. Go write down the functionality summarize of your plugin here

This field is optional, you can just ignore it if you are lazy

For translation purpose, instead of using a str as the value, you can use a Dict[str, str] indicating a mapping from language to description as value, e.g.:

"description": {
    "en_us": "My description in English",
    "zh_cn": "我的中文简介"
}
  • Field key: description

  • Value type: Union[str, Dict[str, str]]

  • Fallback value: None

author

The authors of the plugins. If there’s only a single author, you can also use a string instead of a list of string

This field is optional, you can just ignore it if you are lazy

  • Field key: author

  • Value type: str or List[str]

  • Fallback value: None

dependencies

A dict of dependencies you plugin relies on. It’s a dict contains several key-value pairs. The key is the id of the plugin that your plugin is relies on, and the value is the version requirement of the plugin that your plugin is relies on

If your plugin has requirement to the version of MCDR, use mcdreforged as the plugin id

A version requirement is a string than contains several criterions of the version. Criterions are divided by space character, each criterion is made up of an operator and a base version string. Wildcard is allowed when describing the base version

List of the operators:

Operator

Example

Explanation for the example

Accepted

Unaccepted

>=

>=1.2.3

The target version should be equal to or newer than 1.2.3

1.2.3, 1.3.0

1.2.0

>

>1.2.3

The target version should be newer than 1.2.3

1.2.4, 1.3.0

1.2.0, 1.2.3

<=

<=1.2.3

The target version should be equal to or older than 1.2.3

1.2.3, 1.1.0

1.2.4, 2.0.0

<

<1.2.3

The target version should be older than 1.2.3

1.1.0

1.2.3, 1.5

=

=1.2.3

The target version should equal to 1.2.3

1.2.3

1.2, 1.2.4

1.2.3

If the operator is not specified, = is used as default. In this case the target version should equal to 1.2.3

1.2.3

1.2, 1.2.4

^

^1.2.3

The target version should be equal to or newer than 1.2.3, and the first version segment of the target version should be equal to the base version

1.2.3, 1.2.4, 1.4.4

1.0.0, 2.0.0

~

~1.2.3

The target version should be equal to or newer than 1.2.3, and the first and the second version segment of the target version should be equal to the base version

1.2.3, 1.2.4

1.0.0, 1.4.4, 2.0.0

Check here for more detail to the version requirement

If there are multiple declared criterions, the target version is accepted only when it’s accepted by all criterions

Here a dependencies example:

'dependencies': {
   'mcdreforged': '>=1.0.0 <2.0',
   'my_library': '>=1.0.0',
   'an_important_api': '*',
   'another_api_1': '1.0.*',
   'another_api_2': '2.7.x',
}

MCDR will make sure only when all dependency requirements are satisfied your plugin will get loaded successfully. Missing dependency, dependency version not match or dependency loop will result in a dependency check failure

This field is optional, you can just ignore it if your plugin doesn’t have any dependency

  • Field key: dependencies

  • Value type: Dict[str, str]

  • Fallback value: None

entrypoint

The Entrypoint module of your plugin

By default the value is the id of your plugin, which means my_plugin/__init__.py will be the entry point. If the value is my_plugin.my_entry then my_plugin/my_entry.py will be the entry point

MCDR will perform the same execution as a solo plugin to the entrypoint, like default event listener registering

Attention

Not available in solo plugin

  • Field key: entrypoint

  • Value type: str

  • Fallback value: The plugin id

archive_name

The file name of generated .mcdr packed plugin in CLI

Attention

Not available in solo plugin

See also

name option in pack command in Command Line Interface

  • Field key: archive_name

  • Value type: str

  • Fallback value: None

resources

A list of file or folder names that will be packed into the generated .mcdr packed plugin file in CLI

Attention

Not available in solo plugin

See also

pack command in Command Line Interface

  • Field key: resources

  • Value type: List[str]

  • Fallback value: None