Manage plugins

Rudder is an extensible software. The Plugins menu sums-up information about loaded plugins, their version and their configuration. There are two types of Rudder pre-packaged plugins:

  • Integration plugins, that allow linking Rudder to other tools (monitoring, inventory, notification, etc.). They are freely available.

  • Advanced features plugins (reporting, validation workflow, etc.) which are part of the Rudder subscription.

You can download free plugins on or get information about plugins included in the subscription the dedicated page on

Install plugins with a subscription

First, you need to configure your Rudder technical account (username and password) There are two ways to do it:

  • Using the web interface in Administration → Setup

credential setup
  • By editing the configuration file /opt/rudder/etc/rudder-pkg/rudder-pkg.conf where you can also define proxy information if your Rudder server need to get through a proxy to download plugins, keep the values empty if you don’t need them (no proxy or no authentication).

url =
username = USERNAME
password = PASSWORD
proxy_url =
proxy_user =
proxy_password =

Plugin management uses the rudder package command. Start by updating the repository index and your licenses:

rudder package update

List available packages:

rudder package list --all

You can then install plugins with:

rudder package install <plugin_name>
rudder package install <plugin_name_1> <plugin_name_2>

The application will restart if necessary. Please read install output carefully as some plugins require additional dependencies.

To update a plugin, refresh repository index with rudder package update and run:

rudder package upgrade <plugin_name>

If your server is configured to use the Rudder plugin repository, a daily job will automatically update your plugin index and licenses. If is fails or your server can’t reach the repository, when one or more licenses come close to expiration, an alert will appear in Rudder’s menu bar when a license is close to expiration.

Manual plugins installation

Plugin management uses the rudder package command. You need to download the .rpkg package file of the plugin on your Rudder server, then install it with:

rudder package install-file <package.rpkg>

To update a plugin, you need to reinstall it with the same command, but in the newer version. If the plugin requires a license, you can enable it by putting your license.key and .license files under:


More about plugins

A plugin is an .rpkg file (for "Rudder package"), see the dedicated documentation for more information about the format.

You can get information about available plugins with:

# List currently installed plugins
rudder package list
# List currently available plugins
rudder package list --all
# Display details of a plugin
rudder package show <package_name>

You can manage installed plugins with:

rudder package enable <plugin>
rudder package disable <plugin>
rudder package remove <package>

See all available commands with:

rudder package --help

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