This document, together with the hello-world plugin, shows you how to get started with the plugin development.
What Can Plugins Do?
Hudson defines extensibility points, which are interfaces or abstract classes that model an aspect of a build system. Those interfaces define contracts of what need to be implemented, and Hudson allows plugins to contribute those implementations. See this document for more about extension points.
In this document, we'll be implementing a Builder that says hello. (built-in builders include Ant, Maven, and shell script. Builders build a project.)
Besides this tutorial, there are other tutorials and examples available on line:
- Stephen Connolly's 7 part tutorial (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5½, 6, 7) (yet not finished)
- Quick start guide in Japanese
Setting Up Environment
To develop a plugin, you need Maven 2 (why?) and JDK 5.0 or later. If this is the first time you use Maven, make sure Maven can download stuff over the internet.
Next, you'll have to have Maven download the necessary tools for you. Create an empty directory, download this pom.xml in there, and run "mvn package". This should download a bunch of tools.
Finally, add the following to your
~/.m2/settings.xml (Windows users will find them in
c:\Documents and Settingsyourname\.m2\settings.xml):
If you are building behind a http proxy, you will need to use Maven 2.0.5 or newer as there is a well known bug fetching artifacts from a https:// repository via a http proxy with Maven 2.0.4.
People very familiar with Maven may be wondering why not just add <pluginRepository> defintions to your settings.xml and not use this "strange" bootstrap/pom.xml method. This is due to MNG-2261 which causes problems locating plugins when you are in a directory with no pom.xml. The bootstrap/pom.xml trick should download everything you need into your local repository and bypass the bug.
Also, if your Maven has trouble resolving artifacts, consider adding the following entries to your
~/.m2/settings.xml too. This is a crude way to cause Maven to look at the java.net m2 repository all the time for artifact resolutions.
Creating a New Plugin
To start a new plugin, run the following maven command:
This will ask you a few question, like the groupId (the maven jargon for the package name) and the artifactId (the maven jargon for your project name), then create a skeleton plugin from which you can start with. Make sure you can build this:
You should then generate IDE project files, so that you can develop a plugin productively.
NetBeans users should consider using this NetBeans module. Due to a bug in Eclipse, Eclipse users will need to remove
src/main/resources from the source folder list after projects are imported to the workspace. See this e-mail thread for more details.
At this point, from your IDE, you should be able to see all files and all the needed libraries complete with their source code.
If you get the error message Unable to find a plugin class. Did you put @plugin in javadoc? this maybe caused by eclipse and maven both use the target folder for build output.
Run mvn clean before building with maven or change the output path.
Plugin Workspace Layout
The plugin workspace consists of the following major pieces:
Maven uses it for building your pluginsrc/main/javaJava source files of the plugin
Jelly/Groovy views of the plugin. See this document for more about it.
Static resources of the plugin, such as images and HTML files.
Let's take a look at the source code. A plugin's main entry point is a PluginImpl class that extends from Plugin. Once Hudson detects your plugin (via its
@plugin javadoc annotation — this gets copied into manifest during the build), it will create an instance, and invokes methods.
Most of the time, a plugin class just registers extension points. See the source code for more about how a
Builder is implemented and what it does.
Developing a Plugin
Run the following command to launch Hudson with your plugin:
If you open
http://localhost:8080/ in your browser, you should see the Hudson page running in Jetty. The
MAVEN_OPTSportion launches this whole thing with the debugger port 8000, so you should be able to start a debug session to this port from your IDE.
Once this starts running, keep it running. Jetty will pick up all the changes automatically.
- When you make changes to view files in
src/main/resourcesor resource files in
src/main/webapp, just hit F5 in your browser to see the changes.
- When you change Java source files. Compile them in your IDE and Jetty should automatically redeploy Hudson to pick up those changes There is no need to run
Distributing a Plugin
To create a distribution image of your plugin, run the following Maven goal:
This should create
target/*.hpi file. Other users can use Hudson's web UI to upload this plugin to Hudson (or place it in
Hosting a Plugin on java.net
If you got to this point, you should definitely consider hosting your plugin on java.net. Move on to this document for how to do that.
- Consider running Maven like
mvn -o ...to avoid hitting repositories every time. This will make various operations considerably faster.
- Subscribe to
firstname.lastname@example.org here so that we can get in touch with you.
- When you bump up the version of Hudson you depend on, make sure to run
mvn cleanonce, in particular to delte
target/workthat Jetty uses. Otherwise your Jetty may continue to pick up old left-over jar files.