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Phraseanet Documentation

Plugins install

Add/Remove a plugin

Two commands allow to add and remove plugins :

Add a plugin:

bin/console plugin:add /path/to/plugin

Remove a plugin:

bin/console plugin:remove plugin-name

Plugin structure

A plugin has a minimal structure:

├── composer.json ├── manifest.json └── public


manifest.json is a declarative file for Phraseanet in a JSON format. Here is the minimal manifest.json file:

    "name": "null-plugin",
    "description" : "A plugin that does nothing."

Some properties can be added to the JSON document as follow:

    "name": "custom-connector",
    "description" : "A custom class connector",
    "keywords"    : ["connector"],
    "authors" : [
            "name"     : "Author name",
            "homepage" : "",
            "email"    : ""
    "homepage" : "",
    "license"     : "MIT",
    "version"     : "0.1",
    "minimum-phraseanet-version": "4.0",
    "maximum-phraseanet-version": "4.1",
    "twig-paths": ["custom-twig-views"],
    "services" : [
            "class": "Vendor\\PluginService"
    "commands" : [
            "class": "Vendor\\CustomCommand"
    "extra" : {
        "custom-property" : "value"

Properties details for manifest.json:

  • name (required, string): the name of the plugin. It must be lowercase, unique and can not contain space or special character.
  • description (required, string): A test description of the plugin.
  • keywords (array): An array of keywords related to the plugin.
  • authors (array): An array of author objects. Author object accepts “name”, “email” and “homepage” properties.
  • homepage (string): A link to the plugin homepage.
  • license (string): An SPDX license identifier.
  • version (string): A semver compatible version number.
  • minimum-phraseanet-version (string): The minimum Phraseanet compatible version (included).
  • maximum-phraseanet-version (string): The maximum Phraseanet compatible version (excluded).
  • twig-paths (string): An array of paths relatives to the plugin root directory that should be used by Twig (allows to customize Phraseanet templates).
  • services: An array of service objects to register in Phraseanet. A service object is configured with a “class” property.
  • commands: An array of command objects to register to Phraseanet Konsole. A command object is configured with a “class” property.
  • extra: An object of custom properties.


Twig is automatically configured for plugins: If a “views” directory exists in the plugin root directory, then a “plugins-%nom-du-plugin%” namespace is created in Twig.


composer.json file is used to solve plugin PHP dependencies and create a dedicated autoloader.

    "name": "vendor/phraseanet-plugin-name",
    "description": "A Hello world plugin",
    "license" : "MIT",
    "autoload": {
        "psr-0": {
            "Vendor" : "src"

The file above declares that the plugin sources will be automatically loaded from the src directory and will follow a PSR-0 structure. It is recommended to read composer documentation for more information.

Plugin authoring

Lots of customizations are available with plugins, most of them require a strong knowledge in Silex, Twig and other components used by Phraseanet.

Reading plugins source code like Mail log plugin and Syslog plugin might give some advices for developement.

Two things should be noted:

Service customization

Services registered with the “services” property of manifest.json file must implement Alchemy\Phrasea\Plugin\PluginProviderInterface interface.

Console commands

Commands registered with the “commands” property of manifest.json file must implement Alchemy\Phrasea\Command\CommandInterface interface. The simplest way to do so is to extend the Alchemy\Phrasea\Command\Command abstract class.