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Integrate into the Software Catalog

This is an advanced use case and currently is an experimental feature. Expect API to change over time


  1. Create a plugin
  2. Reading entities from within your plugin
  3. Import your plugin and embed in the entities page

Create a plugin

Follow the same process as for standalone plugin. You should have a separate package in a folder, which represents your plugin.


$ yarn new --select plugin
> ? Enter an ID for the plugin [required] my-plugin
> ? Enter the owner(s) of the plugin. If specified, this will be added to CODEOWNERS for the plugin path. [optional]

Creating the plugin...

Reading entities from within your plugin

You can access the currently selected entity using the backstage api useEntity. For example,

import { useEntity } from '@backstage/plugin-catalog-react';

export const MyPluginEntityContent = () => {
const entity = useEntity();

// Do something with the entity data...

Internally useEntity makes use of react Contexts. The entity context is provided by the entity page into which your plugin will be embedded.

Import your plugin and embed in the entities page

To begin, you will need to import your plugin in the entities page. Located at packages/app/src/components/Catalog/EntityPage.tsx from the root package of your backstage app.

import { MyPluginEntityContent } from '@backstage/plugin-my-plugin;

To add your component to the Entity view, you will need to modify the packages/app/src/components/Catalog/EntityPage.tsx. Depending on the needs of your plugin, you may only care about certain kinds of entities, each of which has its own element for rendering. This functionality is handled by the EntitySwitch component:

export const entityPage = (
<EntitySwitch.Case if={isKind('component')} children={componentPage} />
<EntitySwitch.Case if={isKind('api')} children={apiPage} />
<EntitySwitch.Case if={isKind('group')} children={groupPage} />
<EntitySwitch.Case if={isKind('user')} children={userPage} />
<EntitySwitch.Case if={isKind('system')} children={systemPage} />
<EntitySwitch.Case if={isKind('domain')} children={domainPage} />


At this point, you will need to modify the specific page where you want your component to appear. If you are extending the Software Catalog model you will need to add a new case to the EntitySwitch. For adding a plugin to an existing component type, you modify the existing page. For example, if you want to add your plugin to the systemPage, you can add a new tab by adding an EntityLayout.Route such as below:

const systemPage = (
<EntityLayout.Route path="/" title="Overview">
<Grid container spacing={3} alignItems="stretch">
<Grid item md={6}>
<EntityAboutCard variant="gridItem" />
<Grid item md={6}>
<EntityHasComponentsCard variant="gridItem" />
<Grid item md={6}>
<EntityHasApisCard variant="gridItem" />
<Grid item md={6}>
<EntityHasResourcesCard variant="gridItem" />
<EntityLayout.Route path="/diagram" title="Diagram">
<EntityCatalogGraphCard variant="gridItem" height={400} />

{/* Adding a new tab to the system view */}
<EntityLayout.Route path="/your-custom-route" title="CustomTitle">
<MyPluginEntityContent />