Funkwhale plugins

Starting with Funkwhale 1.0, it is now possible to implement new features via plugins.

Some plugins are maintained by the Funkwhale team (e.g. this is the case of the scrobbler plugin), or by third-parties.

Installing a plugin

To install a plugin, ensure its directory is present in the FUNKWHALE_PLUGINS_PATH directory.

Then, add its name to the FUNKWHALE_PLUGINS environment variable, like this:


We provide a command to make it easy to install third-party plugins:

python fw plugins install


If you use the command, you will still need to append the plugin name to FUNKWHALE_PLUGINS

Types of plugins

There are two types of plugins:

  1. Plugins that are accessible to end-users, a.k.a. user-level plugins. This is the case of our Scrobbler plugin

  2. Pod-level plugins that are configured by pod admins and are not tied to a particular user

Additionally, user-level plugins can be regular plugins or source plugins. A source plugin provides a way to import files from a third-party service, e.g via webdav, FTP or something similar.

Hooks and filters

Funkwhale includes two kind of entrypoints for plugins to use: hooks and filters. B

Hooks should be used when you want to react to some change. For instance, the LISTENING_CREATED hook notify each registered callback that a listening was created. Our scrobbler plugin has a callback registered to this hook, so that it can notify properly:

from config import plugins
from .funkwhale_startup import PLUGIN

@plugins.register_hook(plugins.LISTENING_CREATED, PLUGIN)
def notify_lastfm(listening, conf, **kwargs):
    # do something

Filters work slightly differently, and expect callbacks to return a value that will be used by Funkwhale.

For instance, the PLUGINS_DEPENDENCIES filter can be used as a way to install additional dependencies needed by your plugin:

# ...
from config import plugins

@plugins.register_filter(plugins.PLUGINS_DEPENDENCIES, PLUGIN)
def dependencies(dependencies, **kwargs):
    return dependencies + ["django_prometheus"]

To sum it up, hooks are used when you need to react to something, and filters when you need to alter something.

Writing a plugin

Regardless of the type of plugin you want to write, lots of concepts are similar.

First, a plugin need three files:

  • a file, since it’s a Python package

  • a file, that is loaded during Funkwhale initialization

  • a file, that is loaded when Funkwhale is configured and ready

So your plugin directory should look like this:


Now, let’s write our plugin! is where you declare your plugin and it’s configuration options:

from config import plugins

PLUGIN = plugins.get_plugin_config(
    label="My Plugin",
    description="An example plugin that greets you",
    # here, we write a user-level plugin
        # this configuration options are editable by each user
        {"name": "greeting", "type": "text", "label": "Greeting", "default": "Hello"},

Now that our plugin is declared and configured, let’s implement actual functionality in

from django.urls import path
from rest_framework import response
from rest_framework import views

from config import plugins

from .funkwhale_startup import PLUGIN

# Our greeting view, where the magic happens
class GreetingView(views.APIView):
    permission_classes = []
    def get(self, request, *args, **kwargs):
        # retrieve plugin configuration for the current user
        conf = plugins.get_conf(PLUGIN["name"], request.user)
        if not conf["enabled"]:
            # plugin is disabled for this user
            return response.Response(status=405)
        greeting = conf["conf"]["greeting"]
        data = {
            "greeting": "{} {}!".format(greeting, request.user.username)
        return response.Response(data)

# Ensure our view is known by Django and available at /greeting
@plugins.register_filter(plugins.URLS, PLUGIN)
def register_view(urls, **kwargs):
    return urls + [
        path('greeting', GreetingView.as_view())

And that’s pretty much it. Now, login, visit https://yourpod.domain/settings/plugins, set a value in the greeting field and enable the plugin.

After that, you should be greeted properly if you go to https://yourpod.domain/greeting.

Hooks reference

LISTENING_CREATED = 'listening_created'

Called when a track is being listened

Filters reference

PLUGINS_DEPENDENCIES = 'plugins_dependencies'

Called with an empty list, use this filter to append pip dependencies to the list for installation.

PLUGINS_APPS = 'plugins_apps'

Called with an empty list, use this filter to append apps to INSTALLED_APPS

MIDDLEWARES_AFTER = 'middlewares_after'

Called with an empty list, use this filter to append middlewares to MIDDLEWARE

URLS = 'urls'

Called with an empty list, use this filter to register new urls and views