Packaging a Plugin


Plugin Directory

A TACTIC plugin package is simply a .zip file containing all the files of a plugin. Plugins are installed in the following directory:


The .zip files are usually stored in:


Categories of Plugins

Plugins are defined into categories. Due to the flexibility of the plugin architecture, a single plugin can package tools, columns, and themes in any combination. These categories are only used to organize plugins and can also bootstrap common functionality that would be packaged into a plugin.

All of these will have most of the view definitions in the Custom Layout Editor. Each individual view can have a type. See Custom Layout Editor documentation for more information on this.

  • project: this defines the structure of the project. It may or may not include a theme, but it is usually possible to use different themes for a given project provided the theme has been set up correctly.

  • theme: a theme defines the look and feel of a project as experienced by end users. A theme should have the following requirements:

    • a means of displaying links as represented by the side bar.

    • a means of logging out

    • overriding the login page (optional)

  • column - This represents a plugin that will be added to columns in a table. These will generally consist of one or more columns that can be added to a tabular layout.

  • tool - A tool is a widget that provides additional functionality to the users. Generally a tool needs to be launched by a button or a menu item from the sidebar.

Publishing the Plugin

To package your created plugin to the tactic data directory, select the plugin and go to the manifest tab. Here, you can make sure that the plugin is named and versioned appropriately. You now need to make sure that the manifest you’ve wrote is exported, exporting saves the manifest data you have there to the manifest.xml file.You can now select Publish and TACTIC will package all the files and create a .zip file of the plugin folder from the root plugin folder (ie: <TACTIC_DATA_DIR>/plugins ). When a version is published, the folder of the current plugin is taken and copied to a new folder with the name <PLUGIN_CODE>-<VERSION>. Note that the PLUGIN_CODE can have “/” to present folders.