Example: Plugin Configuration

We saw in the previous example how to define a blueprint for a plugin and/or theme.

Now, let's see how to offer configuration options for a plugin or theme, that will be shown by the Admin Plugin.

If you want your plugin (or theme) to have options directly configurable from the admin interface, you need to fill the blueprints.yaml file with forms.

For example, here is the Archives plugin's archives.yaml file:

enabled: true
built_in_css: true
date_display_format: 'F Y'
show_count: true
limit: 12
    by: date
    dir: desc
filter_combinator: and
    category: blog

Those are the default settings of the plugin. Without the Admin plugin to configure those settings, the user needs to copy this file in the /user/config/plugins/ folder and them there.

By providing a correctly-formatted blueprints.yaml file, you can allow the user to change the settings from the Admin interface. When the settings are saved, they're automatically written to /user/config/plugins/archives.yaml (or under config/themes, if it's a theme). The structure starts as follows:

name: Archives
version: 1.3.0
description: The **Archives** plugin creates links for pages grouped by month/year
icon: university
  name: Team Grav
  email: [email protected]
  url: https://getgrav.org
homepage: https://github.com/getgrav/grav-plugin-archives
demo: http://demo.getgrav.org/blog-skeleton
keywords: archives, plugin, blog, month, year, date, navigation, history
bugs: https://github.com/getgrav/grav-plugin-archives/issues
license: MIT

  validation: strict

Here comes the part that we need. Every field in the archives.yaml file needs a corresponding form element, for example:


  type: toggle
  label: Plugin status
  highlight: 1
  default: 1
      1: Enabled
      0: Disabled
       type: bool


  type: select
  size: medium
  classes: fancy
  label: Date Format
  default: 'jS M Y'
    'F jS Y': "January 1st 2014"
    'l jS of F': "Monday 1st of January"
    'D, m M Y': "Mon, 01 Jan 2014"
    'd-m-y': "01-01-14"
    'jS M Y': "10th Feb 2014"


  type: text
  size: x-small
  label: Count Limit
    type: number
    min: 1

The root element (in those examples enabled, date_display_format, limit) is the name of the option. The additional components of each field determines how this field is displayed. For example, its type (type), its size (size), the label shown (label) and an optional helpful tooltip that appears on hover (help). default and placeholder let you create some defaults and improve how the fields renders to the user.

The rest of the fields can change depending on the field type. For example the select field type requires and options list.

Nested options are reachable via dot notation (e.g. order.dir)

  type: toggle
  label: Order Direction
  highlight: asc
  default: desc
    asc: Ascending
    desc: Descending

The Admin plugin defines many other field types that can be used, in plugins/admin/themes/grav/templates/forms/fields.

It's important to note that when form.validation is set to strict, like in the Archives plugin example, you need to add form blueprints for all the options, otherwise an error will pop up on save. If you instead want to just allow to customize a couple of fields to the Admin interface, not all of them, set form.validation as loose.

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