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Empty TWiki Plugin

Empty Plugin used as a template for new plugins


This is an empty plugin. Use it as a template to build your own TWikiPlugins. This plugin does nothing, but is ready to be extended and used.

To create your own plugin:

  • Copy file lib/TWiki/Plugins/ to <name> and customize the plugin. Add your own code; remove all handlers you do not plan to use.
  • Create a <name>Plugin documentation topic in the TWiki web. Do so by visiting and starting a new topic to get the default plugin topic text (don't save the topic on yet). Customize your plugin topic to your needs.
  • Please consider contributing your plugin back to the TWiki community by publishing it in the Plugins web on
  • See details in TWikiPlugins.

Syntax Rules


Parameter Explanation Default
"..." Default parameter. (none)
format="..." Format: ... "$name"


  • %EXAMPLEVAR{}% expands to: %EXAMPLEVAR{}%

Plugin Installation Instructions

Note: You do not need to install anything on the browser to use this plugin. The following instructions are for the administrator who installs the plugin on the TWiki server.

  • For an automated installation, run the configure script and follow "Find More Extensions" in the in the Extensions section.

  • Or, follow these manual installation steps:
    • Download the ZIP file from the Plugins home (see below).
    • Unzip in your twiki installation directory. Content:
      File: Description:
      data/TWiki/EmptyPlugin.txt Plugin topic
      data/TWiki/VarEXAMPLEVAR.txt Variable documentation topic
      lib/TWiki/Plugins/ Plugin Perl module
      lib/TWiki/Plugins/EmptyPlugin/Config.spec Plugin Config spec
    • Set the ownership of the extracted directories and files to the webserver user.
    • Install the dependencies (if any).

  • Plugin configuration and testing:
    • Run the configure script and enable the plugin in the Plugins section
    • Configure additional plugin settings in the Extensions section if needed.
    • Test if the installation was successful: See example above.

Plugin Info

  • One line description, is shown in the TextFormattingRules topic:
    • Set SHORTDESCRIPTION = Empty Plugin used as a template for new plugins

Plugin Author: TWiki:Main.AndreaSterbini, TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny, TWiki:Main.CrawfordCurrie
Copyright: © 2001-2013, TWiki:TWiki.TWikiContributor
License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
Plugin Version: 2013-09-27
2013-09-27: TWikibug:Item7354: Align TWiki::Plugins::VERSION with TWiki release version, e.g. 6.00 for TWiki-6.0.0
2013-02-16: TWikibug:Item7123: Use TWISTY in installation instructions and change history
2013-02-11: TWikibug:Item7142: iewRedirectHandler() in plug-ins -- TWiki:Main.HideyoImazu
2012-12-12: TWikibug:Item7077: Small doc fix -- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny
2012-11-15: TWikibug:Item7020: Add category to VarEXAMPLEVAR variable doc -- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny
2011-05-22: TWikibug:Item6724: Pass text and meta data to registerTagHandler callback -- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny
2011-05-17: TWikibug:Item6725: Change global package variables from "use vars" to "ours"; doc improvements -- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny
2011-03-06: TWikibug:Item6656: Add meta data to attachment save handlers
2011-02-08: TWikibug:Item6593: Doc improvements; adding VarEXAMPLEVAR variable documentation
2010-05-08: TWikibug:Item6433: Doc improvements; replacing TWIKIWEB with SYSTEMWEB
2007-05-20: Added renderWikiWordHandler
2006-02-01: Dakar changes
2004-03-21: Added afterSaveHandler
2001-07-14: Changed to plug&play
2001-02-27: Initial version
TWiki Dependency: $TWiki::Plugins::VERSION 1.4
Dependencies: %$DEPENDENCIES
Plugin Benchmark: GoodStyle 99%, FormattedSearch 99%, EmptyPlugin 99%
Plugin Home:

Related Topics: VarEXAMPLEVAR, TWikiPlugins, TWikiFuncDotPm, DeveloperDocumentationCategory, AdminDocumentationCategory, TWikiPreferences

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