Get Started

Build an example plugin

An example plugin can be found within the developer dashboard repo.

Install the plugin using:

go run build.go install-test-plugin

Alternatively, build the go binary using go build then move the binary to the install path described below.


'go run build.go install-test-plugin' installs the plugin by creating a $HOME/.config/octant/plugin/ directory then building the binary to that location.

Run plugins from additional paths by setting paths to the OCTANT_PLUGIN_PATH environment variable when running the dashboard.

Octant will also respect XDG_CONFIG_HOME on Unix and LocalAppData on Windows for default plugin paths.

Define Capability

Each plugin must have a defined name, description, and capability.

Plugins can provide a PrintResponse containing capabilities enabled by a provided GVK.


A plugin with support for PrinterConfig appends a view component to the Configuration table of the supported GVK(s).

The header is added to the column on the left. Content is a component that is added to the right.


Certain GVK such as Deployments have a Configuration but not Status.


A plugin with support for PrinterStatus appends a view component to the Status table of the supported GVK(s).


This pod has both a Configuration and Status.


A plugin with support for PrinterItems allow adding a FlexLayoutItem consisting of a width and a view component.


Plugins can be removed by deleting the plugin binary from ~/.config/octant/plugins. An example of deleting a plugin is shown below where octant-sample-plugin is the plugin that will be uninstalled:

rm ~/.config/octant/plugins/octant-sample-plugin

After deleting the plugin binary and restarting Octant, you should no longer see the plugin available as part of the Octant dashboard.

Getting Started

To help you get started, see the documentation.