Creating plugins for Docify engine to automate the site building process

Plugins are powerful mechanisms to tailor Docify engine to specific needs.

Docify engine exposes various APIs which can intercept and modify data on the various steps of the compilation and publishing process.

Plugins need to be implemented in .NET Core.

Plugins have access to interfaces defined in Base.dll

To create plugin:

  • Create new class library in .NET Core or .NET Standard
  • Install the Xarial.Docify.Base nuget package. Optionally install Xarial.Docify.Base.Extensions package for some extension methods for common interfaces.
  • Create new public class and implement Xarial.Docify.Base.Plugins.IPlugin or Xarial.Docify.Base.Plugins.IPlugin interface. Later interface allows to specify the plugin settings which can be defined by the user in the configuration file
public abstract class MyPlugin1 : IPlugin
    public IDocifyApplication App { get; private set; }

    public void Init(IDocifyApplication app)
        App = app;


public class MyPlugin2Settings
    public string TextSetting { get; set; }
    public int NumberSetting { get; set; }

public class MyPlugin2 : IPlugin<MyPlugin2Settings>
    private MyPlugin2Settings m_Settings;

    private IDocifyApplication m_App;

    public void Init(IDocifyApplication app, MyPlugin2Settings setts)
        m_App = app;
        m_Settings = setts;

Explore the Xarial.Docify.Base.Plugins.IDocifyApplication interface for available APIs.

Detailed API references for the plugins is coming soon...

All plugin output files must be placed into the folder which will be used as the plugin name and placed into the _plugins folder in the root folder of the site.


It must be only one class that implements the Xarial.Docify.Base.Plugins.IPlugin or Xarial.Docify.Base.Plugins.IPlugin interface within the single plugin.

Refer the standard library plugins section for an example of plugins.

Users can define plugins settings in the _config.yml file using the ^ followed by the plugin name. For example for the MyPlugin2 above, its MyPlugin2Settings can be specified by the user as follows

  text-settings: Text Value
  number-settings: 10

Note the naming convention of settings and the class properties.

These values then will be automatically assigned and passed to IPlugin<>.Init method.

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