Developing cf CLI Plugins

This topic describes creating and installing Cloud Foundry Command Line Interface (cf CLI) plugins.

Overview

You can create and install cf CLI plugins to provide custom commands. You can submit and share these plugins to the CF Community repository.

Prerequisite

To use plugins, you must use cf CLI v.6.7 or later. For information about downloading, installing, and uninstalling the cf CLI, see Installing the Cloud Foundry Command Line Interface.

Installing the Architecture

To prepare to create a plugin:

  1. Implement the predefined plugin interface from plugin.go in the Cloud Foundry CLI repository on GitHub.

  2. Clone the Cloud Foundry CLI repository from GitHub. To create a plugin, you need the basic GO plugin.

Initializing the Plugin

To initialize a plugin:

  1. From within the main() method of your plugin, call:

    plugin.Start(new(MyPluginStruct))
    

    The plugin.Start(...) function requires a new reference to the struct that implements the defined interface.

Invoking cf CLI Commands

To invoke cf CLI commands,

  1. From within the Run(...) method of your plugin, call:

    cliConnection.CliCommand([]args)
    

The Run(...) method receives the cliConnection as its first argument. The cliConnection.CliCommand([]args) returns the output printed by the command and an error.

The output is returned as a slice of strings. The error occurs if the call to the cf CLI command fails.

For more information, see Plugin API in the Cloud Foundry CLI repository on GitHub.

Installing a Plugin

To install a plugin:

  1. Run:

    cf install-plugin PATH-TO-PLUGIN-BINARY
    

    Where PATH-TO-PLUGIN-BINARY is the path to your plugin binary.

For more information about developing plugins, see plugin_examples in the Cloud Foundry CLI repository on GitHub.