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Preinstalled Plugins in the TWiki Distribution

Preinstalled Plugins

TWikiReleases come with a set of Plugins as part of the standard installation. The following Plugins are in the distribution or scheduled for inclusion in the latest TWikiBetaRelease: (they are also installed on TWiki.org)

Above list is INCLUDEd from TWiki.TWikiPlugins

Plugins bundled in TWikiProductionReleases and Beta:

Release Preinstalled Plugins
TWikiRelease01Sep2001 DefaultPlugin, EmptyPlugin, InterwikiPlugin
TWikiRelease01Dec2001 DefaultPlugin, EmptyPlugin, InterwikiPlugin
TWikiRelease01Feb2003 DefaultPlugin, EmptyPlugin, InterwikiPlugin
Latest TWikiBetaRelease DefaultPlugin, CommentPlugin, EmptyPlugin, InterwikiPlugin, EditTablePlugin, RenderListPlugin, SlideShowPlugin, SmiliesPlugin, SpreadSheetPlugin, TablePlugin

Criteria for Bundling a Plugin

A Plugin recommended for inclusion should meet the following requirements. This is for ease of installation and to ensure the high quality standard of the whole distribution.

  • Plugins must be under active development at TWiki.org
  • Plugins needs to be of high quality, comparable to the TWiki distribution
  • Plugin must depend only on standard libs of the required Perl version listed in TWikiSystemRequirements
  • Plugin may include additional libraries, but they must not depend on make; e.g. a simple copy operation is all that's needed
  • Plugin must not slow down the system by more then 5% for pages that have no Plugin specific content (regular cgi, not mod_perl)
  • Plugin should fit the TWikiMission

-- PeterThoeny - 14 Dec 2003

Plugins recommended for Bundling

Please list Plugins you'd like to see included in the TWiki distribution


  • Question: How to handle CPAN dependency on CPAN:Time::ParseDate
    • Possibly create our own TWiki::Date native Perl module?


  • Question: How to handle CPAN dependency on CPAN:HTML::CalendarMonthSimple and CPAN:Date::Calc
    • Possibly create our own TWiki::Date native Perl module which implements the needed functionality of Date::Calc? (Date::Calc requires a c compiler as part of the installation)


  • Question: How to handle CPAN dependency on GD and lib dependency on gd.



  • Issue: A number of CPAN dependencies


  • No known isses, can be included


  • No known isses, can be included


  • Issue: Not actively maintained at TWiki.org


  • Issue: Not actively maintained at TWiki.org
  • Question: Will it have a speed impact?


  • Issue: Not actively maintained at TWiki.org
  • Question: Will it have a speed impact?


  • Question: What is the latest status on the Plugin?



Once we have a platform independent TWikiInstaller we can let the admin choose what Plugins to install. The TWiki package would still contain all preinstalled Plugins.

-- PeterThoeny - 14 Dec 2003

I'd like to see FormFieldsPlugin as a pre-installed plugin, especially if JavaScript calendar control is added.

-- JohnTalintyre - 13 Feb 2004

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