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Posted · Plugin development

Hi everyone!

 

I was wondering if anybody could direct me / give me some advice on how to start the development of a custom plugin for Cura 4.13.1.

I have read a lot of forum posts and the general instructions on the official github concerning plugins, packages, Uranium, etc.

 

However, I am not sure where to start. For instance - how to set up a framework, what do I need to write/build and test a plugin?

I would greatly appreciate any information that could push me forwards in this endeavour.

 

AW

 

 

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    Posted · Plugin development

    If you are developing on Windows, the easiest way to get started is to just use the normal Cura and create your plugins in your configuration folder (see Help -> Show configuration folder). Start with a plugin that is somewhat in the general direction of what you want to do and learn from its code. There's documentation here, and some example plugins here.

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    Posted · Plugin development

    Thanks for the quick reply!

     

    As I understand it, I should just create the plugin folder with __init__.py, main .py file and a json file and paste it to the Cura 'plugins' folder? Shouldn't I somehow 'build' it (I read about curapackage / curaplugin files)? 

     

    My main goal is to update a plugin made by someone else in the past, ScalableExtraPrime, for the current Cura version.

     

     

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    Posted · Plugin development
    1 hour ago, awit said:

    Shouldn't I somehow 'build' it (I read about curapackage / curaplugin files)? 

    A curapackage is only needed if you want to easily have others install the plugin, by dropping the curapackge into the Cura viewport.

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