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Writing a JavaScript addon
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This is a tutorial on how to write a JavaScript addon for Plasma. Since it is possible to write Plasmoids in JavaScript (and other languages), you are able to extend your Plasmoid with addons. This tutorial goes through basic steps you need to do to get your addon running.

Setting up

Before we start to program or little addon we need to do some setup. First of all, we create a directory called MyFirstJSAddon, where our addon will be located, with the following directory structure:



In the root directory of our addon, we create a file metadata.desktop with the following content:

[Desktop Entry] Name=MyJSAddon Name[x-test]=xxMyJSAddonxx

Comment=My first JavaScript addon

X-KDE-ServiceTypes=Plasma/JavascriptAddon Type=Service X-Plasma-API=javascript

X-KDE-Library= X-KDE-PluginInfo-Author=<Your name here> X-KDE-PluginInfo-Email=<Your email here> X-KDE-PluginInfo-Name=org.myorg.myJSInterface.myJSAddon X-KDE-PluginInfo-Version=0.1 X-KDE-PluginInfo-Website= X-KDE-PluginInfo-Category=org.myorg.myJSInterface X-KDE-PluginInfo-Depends= X-KDE-PluginInfo-License=LGPL X-KDE-PluginInfo-EnabledByDefault=true

Important are the X-KDE-PluginInfo-Category and X-KDE-PluginInfo-Name value: The X-KDE-PluginInfo-Category should be equal to the X-KDE-PluginInfo-Name value of your interface to tell plasma which interface (plasmoid or dataengine) this addon belongs to. In this case it is our created JavaScript interface myJSInterface. The X-KDE-PluginInfo-Name must be unique amongst all other addons. To bypass this restriction, it is recommended that we use namespaces, which is in this case org.myorg.myJSInterface.

A very simple Addon

Our Addon will be a simple JavaScript class that prints out "Hello World" when it gets loaded. Furthermore we will provide one method that prints out an entered text.

First of all we will define a constructor. In this case we name it MyJavaScriptAddon

function MyJavaScriptAddon() {

   print("Hello World");


This constructor gets called, when this addon is loaded by another JavaScript instance. In there we will get a console output with "Hello World".

The next step is to provide our Addon a method, which print out our input.

MyJavaScriptAddon.prototype.echo = function(text) {



In this part, the actual method is called echo, however having MyJavaScriptAddon.prototype prefixed is important for JavaScript to make sure that echo is a member of this class. To understand the concept of object orienting in JavaScript see this tutorial .

At the end of your Addon it is also important that you "publish" your class for other instances that would like to use it.


Now, we should save our written code into MyFirstJSAddon/contents/code and name it main.js.


To install this addon, simply navigate to the root directory of our addon and type this into the console:

plasmapkg -t Plasma/JavascriptAddon -i MyJavaScriptAddon/

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