How to build a Custom Strapi Plugin

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This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://strapi.io/blog/how-to-build-a-strapi-custom-plugin

Hello, I just want to make sure that I am doing this right. I have created a custom plugin using NPM and it automatically created the cointainer/homepage/index. So far it is working locally but when i push to development the plugin wont show there, do I need to do something before it will show? Also I want to reuse the same plugin that I created to multiple project, what is the more efficient way to do this aside from manual copy pasting the code and etc.

Hello, You can make your custom Strapi plugin readily available through NPM. You can make your plugin a Node.js module that can be easily installed using an NPM command. For more on creating NPM packages, check the following [link][(https://docs.npmjs.com/creating-node-js-modules)]. For a hint on the folder structure of Strapi plugins, here is another helpful link Okay. This way you can easily install it using NPM in your other Strapi projects. As for the production issue, It would help if you can provide more details for a clearer understanding but just make sure the path cointainer/homepage/index is inline with what you have in your production environment.

Hi there, thanks for the tutorial. I just have one aspect that I am struggling to understand. Near the end of the tutorial you create the controller for the email plugin in the controller folder of a seemingly random Collection Type. Why was the controller created here? The email plugin doesn’t seem to relate to the Article Collection Type, yet the controller was created in it’s structure. Thanks in advance for any info you can offer.

you can think of it more as a quick fix I used at the time of writing. It does not have to be there. I only needed a route.

You can create a controller from scratch using either of the two options below:

  • Using the CLI strapi generate:controller restaurant.
    Read the CLI documentation for more information.
  • Manually create a JavaScript file in ./api/**/controllers.

Hope this helps.

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Thank you very much, that clears it up!