Plugins can be written in any .NET Framework compatible languages, this includes C#, VB.NET, F# and others, targeting .NET Framework 4.6.
Plugins use the same Playnite API as scripts. All available interfaces and classes are exactly the same as is their use. For those reasons this plugin documentation mainly focuses on how to compile plugins and other differences compared to scripting. For specific API use cases see scripts documentation sections.
There are currently two types of plugins:
Generic pluginsGeneric plugins offer same extensibility as scripts. You can add new entries to main menu or react to various game events.
Library plugins: Add ability to import games automatically as well as methods for metadata download for those games.
Metadata plugins: Add ability to import game metadata.
Following examples will focus on use of C# and Visual Studio, but use with other languages is fairly similar.
1. Create plugin project
Start by creating new
Class Library project targeting
.NET Framework 4.6.2. Add Playnite SDK nuget package reference and set reference to not require specific version (right-click on
Playnite.SDK reference, choose
Properties and set
Specific Version to false).
PlayniteSDK is designed in a way that all versions from one major version branch (for example 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 etc.) are backwards compatible. Therefore plugin written for SDK version 1.0 will also work with Playnite containing all 1.x versions of SDK. When loading plugins Playnite checks all SDK references and won't load plugins referencing incompatible SDK versions.
2. Write plugin
Generic plugins- see generic plugins documentation page.
Library plugins- see library plugins documentation page.
Metadata plugins- see metadata plugins documentation page.
3. Create manifest file
Described in introduction section to extensions.
If you want to give user ability to change plugin behavior, you can do that by implementing appropriate settings overrides from
Plugin abstract class. Including ability to add fully customizable UI for your configuration that will be accessible in Playnite's settings windows. To add plugin settings support to your plugin follow Plugin settings guide.
Support for all 3rd part clients in Playnite is implemented fully using plugins so you can use then as a reference when implementing new ones. Source can be found on GitHub.
When distributing plugins it is ok to leave out dlls for
Json.Net reference, since it's distributed with Playnite already.