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Orion/How Tos/Installing A Plugin

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Revision as of 17:35, 17 June 2011 by (Talk | contribs) (update for 0.2)

This page explains how an end-user can install third-party functionality so that it is available to the Orion editor.

Install using Registry Page


  • Enter a plugin URL into the text field. For example, enter to install JavaScript code formatting functionality. Click "Install".
  • You should see a success message, and the the tree will refresh. It should now contain the new plugin.
  • The plugins are currently installed using local storage, which means that they are only active in one browser.

To remove an installed plugin:

  • Select its URL in the tree.
  • Click the Copy Location button to copy its URL into the text box.
  • Click Uninstall, then OK to the prompt.
  • The plugin should disappear from the list.

Use installed functionality

Installed plugins may contribute to Orion in a number of different ways, not all of which are immediately visible in the UI. Continuing from where the previous example left off:

  • Create a new JavaScript file called test.js.
  • Click on test.js to open it in the Orion code editor.
  • Type in or copy/paste some JavaScript code (preferably some code with messy formatting).
  • Look at the editor toolbar. You'll see a new command available called "Format JS". This command was contributed by the jsbeautify plugin we installed earlier. Commands on the editor toolbar can also define a key binding that activates the command. These commands have access to the selected text in the editor, the complete editor buffer, and the current selection. As a result of invoking a command, the command can replace the current selection with a new text, change the complete editor buffer, and/or change the selection.


  • Select your code, click "Format JS", and it will be formatted for you.
  • If you have ideas for extensions but need more or different API to implement it, please file a bug.

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