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Managing plugins with the Stencila CLI


Plugins provide a lot of Stencila's functionality. This demo shows you how to use the Stencila CLI to install, upgrade, and uninstall them.



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Listing and viewing plugins#

Use the list subcommand to get a list of available and/or installed plugins,

stencila plugins list

The first column is the alias of the plugin (or it's name if it has no alias). If the other columns are all empty it means that you haven't yet refreshed the local plugin registry. Let's do that and list them again,

stencila plugins refresh
stencila plugins list

Now, you should have information in the other columns such as the latest version, a description and how long ago it was refreshed.

To get more details on a specific plugin, use the show subcommand e.g.,

stencila plugins show javascript

Installing plugins#

To install a plugin, just pass its alias or name to the install subcommand,

stencila plugins install javascript

Or, if you want to install a specific version

stencila plugins install javascript@1.9.2

Or, use a specific installation method (if available),

stencila plugins install javascript --docker

Upgrading plugins#

Upgrade one or more plugins to their latest versions using,

stencila plugins upgrade javascript

Or, to upgrade all installed plugins,

stencila plugins upgrade

Uninstalling plugins#

Use the uninstall subcommand to remove a plugin e.g.

stencila plugins uninstall javascript

Linking and unlinking plugins#

If you are developing a plugin, it can be useful to link to its local working directory e.g.

stencila plugins link ../path/to/myplugin

When you no longer need the link, use

stencila plugins unlink myplugin

Now you know how to install and manage plugins, check out some of the other demos for what you can do with them!

Last updated on by Nokome Bentley