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Version: v4.4.0

Apply a Plugin

What is a Plugin?

A Plugin is an extension for Stacks, it allows you to add new capabilities to the Template. You can do that by including source code, importing libraries, and executing complex commands and operations.


Now, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Check available Plugins

Run the command below:

stk list plugin

Step 2. Apply the Plugin

Choose the Plugins you want to use, and inside your project directory, run the command below:

stk apply plugin <STACK-NAME/PLUGIN-NAME>
  • If you apply a Plugin that is in the Stack that you have already created using the stk create app command, it is not necessary to put the Stack name in the command. If it is a Plugin from another Stack, you need to follow the pattern of the example above: <STACK-NAME/PLUGIN-NAME>.

Autocomplete is available if you are using bash or zsh.


It is possible to apply a Plugin to a project created without StackSpot. STK CLI informs you when the project is not from StackSpot and asks for your authorization to apply the Plugin.

Step 3. Confirm if the Plugin was applied

Go to your project folder, and run the command:

tree -a

Apply Plugin to your existing project


It is possible to use a Plugin in a project that was not created using a Stack from StackSpot. These projects are called legacy projects.

To apply a StackSpot Plugin to one of your existing projects, follow the steps below:


You must import a Stack that has at least an available Plugin.

Step 1. Apply the Plugin to the project

Run the command below:

stk apply plugin <STACK-NAME/PLUGIN-NAME>

Step 2. Confirm usage

STK CLI reports cases where the project was not created using StackSpot. Then it asks for your approval to apply the Plugin:

~stk apply plugin <stack>/<plugin>
? The current folder doesn't seem to be the root of the Stack Spot project. Do you still want to proceed applying the plugin? (Y/n)

Step 3. Insert inputs

When confirming the Plugin usage, STK CLI asks for specific Plugin inputs before applying it to the project. So, create the stk.yaml file in your project folder.

Next steps

You can also use Stackfiles to create your project. For more details on how to use a Stackfile, see the Use a Stackfile tutorial.

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