Intro to plugins
Backstage is a single-page application composed of a set of plugins.
Our goal for the plugin ecosystem is that the definition of a plugin is flexible enough to allow you to expose pretty much any kind of infrastructure or software development tool as a plugin in Backstage. By following strong design guidelines we ensure the overall user experience stays consistent between plugins.
Creating a plugin
To create a plugin, follow the steps outlined here.
Suggesting a plugin
If you start developing a plugin that you aim to release as open source, we suggest that you create a new Issue. This helps the community know what plugins are in development.
You can also use this process if you have an idea for a good plugin but you hope that someone else will pick up the work.
Integrate into the Software Catalog
If your plugin isn't supposed to live as a standalone page, but rather needs to be presented as a part of a Software Catalog (e.g. a separate tab or a card on an "Overview" tab), then check out the instruction on how to do it.