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Plugin Management

A helper to manage plugins that gets consumed by transform command. This is an optional step rather a utility to get any needed plugins and add them to appropriate location to be consumed by transform command.

List plugin utility

List plugins allows user to discover all the available plugins, meaning that all the plugins that are compatible with current os/arch.


crane plugin-manager list
Listing from the repo default
| OpenshiftPlugin | OpenshiftPlugin  | v0.0.1            |

Other valid execution examples

crane plugin-manager --installed -p plugin-dir

The above command lists all the installed plugins managed by plugin-manager.

crane plugin-manager --params -n foo

The above command lists all the version of plugin foo with detailed information.

Add plugin utility

Add any plugin to a plugin directory to be consumed by transform command.


crane plugin-manager add foo --version 0.0.1 -p plugin-dir

The above command downloads the binary of plugin foo versioned 0.0.1 from appropriate source and places it in plugin directory plugin-dir/managed (default is plugins).

Remove plugin utility

Remove any unwanted plugins that are not needed anymore to exempt them being consumed by transform command.


crane plugin-manager remove foo -p plugin-dir

The above command will remove the plugin foo from the path plugin-dir/managed.

Note: The plugin-manager command always operates in the path <plugin-dir>/managed, meaning whenever the flag -p, plugin-dir is used with plugin-manager the utility always operates within a folder managed places within <plugin-dir>. I.e plugin-manager add places the plugin binary within <plugin-dir>/managed, plugin-manager remove removes the binary from <plugin-dir>/managed, and plugin-manager list --installed looks at the path <plugin-dir>/managed to list installed plugins.

Manual plugin management

Right now there are only two plugins available, there might be more plugins available soon. Currently available plugins are Kubernetes (build into crane-lib) and OpenShift. With the exception of the kubernetes plugin, which doesn’t need to be installed as it’s built in, these plugins can be added to desired plugin directory (default is plugin directory where crane is installed) by following methods -

  • Download the binary of the plugin from release and place it in plugin directory

    curl -sL<plugin-name>/releases/latest | 
    jq -r ".assets[] | select(.name | contains(\"<arch>-<os>\")) | .browser_download_url" | wget -i-
    chmod +x <binary>
    cp <binary> /bin/usr/crane/plugins/<plugin-name>
  • Build the binary locally and place it in plugin directory

    cd $GOPATH
    git clone<plugin-name>.git
    cd crane-plugin-<plugin-name>
    go build -f <plugin-name> .
    cp <plugin> /bin/usr/crane/plugins/<plugin-name>

Note: Adding plugins manually that are available in the plugin repo is not advisable as long as it can be added with the help of plugin-manager. For custom plugins or testing plugins under development, however, manual management is necessary.

Note: Kubernetes plugin is always baked in crane-lib and is not supposed to be added manually or otherwise.