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The Plugin Structure

Volumio plugins are .zip files which created as the last step of the plugin creation, and contain a standardized set of files.

Mandatory Files

install.shBash scriptThis file contains a script of action and dependencies installation needed for the plugin. It’s a BASH script. It MUST be executable.
index.jsjavascriptThis is the main plugin file, written in node.js
node_modulesfolderFolder that contains all node modules needed
config.jsonjsonThis is the plugin configuration file, where all users settings are stored.
Package.jsonjsonThis file contains description of the plugin and the list of required node dependencies
Uninstall.shBash scriptThis file contains the script to uninstall the plugin.

Here you will find more details for each files listed above, what they contain, how to write a working plugin. Examples based on Spop plugin.

This file allows download and installation of dependencies for the plugin. It’s a executable file written in BASH.


echo "Installing Spop Dependencies"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install libasound2-dev libreadline-dev libsox-dev libsoup2.4-dev libsoup2.4-1 libdbus-glib-1-dev libnotify-dev --no-install-recommends

echo "Installing Spop and libspotify"

ARCH=$(cat /etc/os-release | grep ^VOLUMIO_ARCH | tr -d 'VOLUMIO_ARCH="')
HARDWARE=$(cat /etc/os-release | grep ^VOLUMIO_HARDWARE | tr -d 'VOLUMIO_HARDWARE="')

cd /tmp
sudo tar xvf /tmp/spop-${ARCH}.tar.gz -C /
rm /tmp/spop-${ARCH}.tar.gz

sudo chmod 777 /etc/spopd.conf

#required to end the plugin install
echo "plugininstallend"


  • Use "echo" to detail what's going during the install, this will help you debugging, and notify the user what goes on during install
  • If you need to differentiate between architectures, refer to the aforementioned example. The possible architectures for Volumio are: arm, armv7, armv8, x86_amd64.
  • We have no environment variable set, so make sure you cd in the desired folder
  • Ensure to give proper permissions to file you'll need to edit later on (node runs with user volumio)
  • To avoid installing unwanted stuff, make sure to place --no-install-recommends after your to-install list
  • echo "plugininstallend" must be placed at the end of the install script to signal that installation has ended.

Under no circumstances a Plugin shall write or edit any file under /volumio and /myvolumio folder. This applies both to and index.js performed operations.
For more information, consult the Filesystem Architecture Section


Index.js This file is the main file of the plugin. It is written in javascript. Please refer to Index.js section for a detailed explanation.


File in which is saved default parameters, and the way saved parameters will be saved.

"enabled": {
"type": "boolean",
"value": false
"username": {
"type": "string",
"value": ""
"password": {
"type": "string",
"value": ""
"bitrate": {
"type": "boolean",
"value": true


The package.json contains informations about your plugin. There's no need to create it manually since it's automatically created at plugin creation stage.

"name": "plugin_name", //plugin name
"version": "1.0.0", //plugin version
"description": "This is my awesome plugin", //plugin description
"main": "index.js", //used by node.js
"scripts": { //used by node.js
"test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1"
"author": "author2000", //plugin author
"license": "ISC", //plugin license
"repository": "", //plugin github repository
"volumio_info": { //all volumio specific information
"prettyName": "My Plugin", //plugin pretty name
"icon": "fa-headphones", //plugin icon to be selected on font awesome
"plugin_type": "music_service", //plugin category
"architectures": [ //plugin compatible architectures
"os": [ //plugin compatible operating systems
"has_alsa_contribution": true, //If your plugin needs to capture or modify audio data, a specific instruction is required
"details": "Lorem ipsum", //plugin details
"changelog": "Lorem ipsum", //plugin version changelog, will be appended to main changelog on publish
"engines": {
"node": ">=8", //required node.js version
"volumio": ">=3" //required volumio version
"dependencies": { //used by node.js
"fs-extra": "^0.28.0",
"kew": "^0.7.0",
"v-conf": "^1.4.0",
"nanotimer": "^0.3.15"


The relevant parts are:

  • name: this will be the plugin's name folder
  • prettyName: this will be the Plugin's name for the user
  • licence: use any licence, you're not bound to GPL here
  • dependencies: indicate the node modules this plugin requres, to avoid yourself the extra hassle of 2 different zip files for x86 and ARM, try to choose node modules that don't need to be compiled or rely on external dependencies
  • make sure to indicate propery the pretty name, icon and plugin type. The more straightforward, the better
  • version, this is used to keep track of version and request for updates if new versions are found
  • boot priority, accepts a numerical value from 1 to 10. Useful if you need to start your plugin after one another. 1 means it is started first, 10 means it will be started at last.

Bash file. As install file MUST be executable. Here you will basically revert what you did in the file .

i18nfoldercontains string_en.json and other strings to translate the plugin
Uiconfig.jsonjsonthis file describe the UI of the plugin.
OtherText, image, sound, script, executable...required file / script to use in the plugin such as executable or service,image, sound, application key...
RequiredConf.jsonjsonConfiguration key or variables mandatory for the plugin to work. Useful to add a new parameter with an update

Details and examples of optional files. Depending on the plugin, other files may be needed.


This file describes the user interface for the plugin configuration, that will appear while clicking on the cog. Please note that the filename is case sensitive.

Please refer to UI Configuration Pages for reference.


This folder contains languages strings if you want to translate your plugin.

You have to have one file per language.

The file naming is “strings_en.json” for english.

Of course replace “en” by the language to be translated “it”, “fr”, “es”.

This is a json file.

"spotify_username":"Spotify username",
"spotify_password":"Spotify password",
"high_bitrate":"High quality",
"search_results":"Number of results",
"last_fm_username":" username",
"last_fm_password":" password",
"SEARCH_SONGS_SECTION":"Spotify songs",
"SEARCH_ALBUMS_SECTION":"Spotity albums",
"SEARCH_ARTISTS_SECTION":"Spotify artists"



Your plugin may require other files such as image, sound, executable, configuration files, etc. You have to include these files in the ZIP file and ensure proper permissions if they'll need to be edited.