Installing new Plugins

One of the best features of Forge is the ability to install third-party plugins, adding features or behavior that do not come standard in Forge itself. Installing plugins is easy, and takes only a few moments – it should feel familiar, since it was designed after the “App Store” concept, and uses Unix package-manager style commands.

Find a Plugin in the Central Plugin Index (CPI)

Finding a plugin is simple, just choose a search term – “jsf”, JavaServer Faces, for example – and pass that term to the “forge find-plugin” command.

$ forge find-plugin jsf

Which results in:

[no project] ~/Desktop $ forge find-plugin jsf
Connecting to remote repository []... connected!
 - richfaces (org.jboss.seam.persistence:plugin-seam-persistence:::1.0.0-SNAPSHOT)
    Author: Brian Leathem <>
    Location: git://
    Tags: jsf, jsf2, richfaces, component library, jboss
    Description: RichFaces Plugin - Streamlines installation of the JBoss RichFaces component library for JSF
 - prettyfaces (com.ocpsoft.forge:prettyfaces-plugin:::1.0.0.Alpha4)
    Author: Lincoln Baxter, III <>
    Location: git://
    Tags: url-rewrite, urlrewrite, prettyfaces, servlet, javaee, java ee, jsf, jsf2, ocpsoft
    Description: PrettyFaces Plugin - Streamlines installation of the OCPSoft PrettyFaces URL-rewriting library
                 for Servlet, Java EE, and JSF. Also provides streamlined commands for generating configuration
                 and URL-mappings.
[no project] ~/Desktop $

This provides a list of all available plugins matching your search term.

You may also use completion support when typing, “forge install-plugin”

Install plugin autocomplete

Installing a Plugin from the Central Plugin Index (CPI)

Once you have found a plugin you’d like to install, you must type the “forge install-plugin” command, passing the name of the plugin you’d like to install:

[no project] Desktop $ forge install-plugin richfaces
Connecting to remote repository []... connected!
***INFO*** Preparing to install plugin: richfaces
***INFO*** Checking out plugin source files to [/var/folders/lD/lD2Q5OzSGqKKKJgb0PZJBE+++TI/-Tmp-/forgetemp8092320155647288253/repo] via 'git'
***INFO*** Invoking build with underlying build system.
[INFO] Scanning for projects...
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Building richfaces-forge-plugin 1.0.0-SNAPSHOT
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] --- maven-clean-plugin:2.4.1:clean (default-clean) @ richfaces-forge-plugin ---
[INFO] --- maven-resources-plugin:2.4.3:resources (default-resources) @ richfaces-forge-plugin ---
[INFO] Copying 5 resources
[INFO] --- maven-compiler-plugin:2.3.2:compile (default-compile) @ richfaces-forge-plugin ---
[INFO] Compiling 3 source files to /private/var/folders/lD/lD2Q5OzSGqKKKJgb0PZJBE+++TI/-Tmp-/forgetemp8092320155647288253/repo/target/classes
[INFO] --- maven-resources-plugin:2.4.3:testResources (default-testResources) @ richfaces-forge-plugin ---
[INFO] skip non existing resourceDirectory /private/var/folders/lD/lD2Q5OzSGqKKKJgb0PZJBE+++TI/-Tmp-/forgetemp8092320155647288253/repo/src/test/resources
[INFO] --- maven-compiler-plugin:2.3.2:testCompile (default-testCompile) @ richfaces-forge-plugin ---
[INFO] No sources to compile
[INFO] --- maven-surefire-plugin:2.7.1:test (default-test) @ richfaces-forge-plugin ---
[INFO] No tests to run.
[INFO] Surefire report directory: /private/var/folders/lD/lD2Q5OzSGqKKKJgb0PZJBE+++TI/-Tmp-/forgetemp8092320155647288253/repo/target/surefire-reports
 T E S T S
There are no tests to run.
Results :
Tests run: 0, Failures: 0, Errors: 0, Skipped: 0
[INFO] Building jar: /private/var/folders/lD/lD2Q5OzSGqKKKJgb0PZJBE+++TI/-Tmp-/forgetemp8092320155647288253/repo/target/richfaces-forge-plugin-1.0.0-SNAPSHOT.jar
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 3.565s
[INFO] Finished at: Thu Aug 04 13:32:34 EDT 2011
[INFO] Final Memory: 10M/81M
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
***SUCCESS*** Build successful.
***INFO*** Installing plugin artifact.
***SUCCESS*** Installed from [git://] successfully.
***INFO*** Please restart Forge to complete plugin installation.
Wrote /var/folders/lD/lD2Q5OzSGqKKKJgb0PZJBE+++TI/-Tmp-/forgetemp8092320155647288253/repo/pom.xml
Wrote ~/.forge/plugins/org/richfaces/forge/richfaces-forge-plugin/1.0.0-SNAPSHOT/richfaces-forge-plugin.jar
Wrote ~/.forge/plugins/org/richfaces/forge/richfaces-forge-plugin/1.0.0-SNAPSHOT/module.xml
Wrote ~/.forge/plugins/org/richfaces/forge/richfaces-forge-plugin/dependencies/1.0.0-SNAPSHOT/module.xml
Wrote ~/.forge/plugins/org/jboss/forge/plugins/main/module.xml
[no project] Desktop $

Remove a Plugin

If you ever need to remove a plugin, you may type the “forge remove-plugin” command, which supports auto-completion. Repeat this process for each plugin you wish to remove.

[no project] Desktop $ forge remove-plugin org.jboss.forge.seam.persistence.plugin-seam-persistence:1.0.0-SNAPSHOT
***SUCCESS*** Removed org.jboss.forge.seam.persistence.plugin-seam-persistence:1.0.0-SNAPSHOT
[no project] Desktop $