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Version: 2.11



Plugins offer a mechanism to extend Saleor's Python core with new functionality. They are loaded by the core process and use predefined callbacks to execute custom code in response to certain events.

Saleor ships with some plugins included, you can find those in the saleor/plugins/ and saleor/payment/gateways/ directories of the core.

Base plugin class#

The BasePlugin class is located in the saleor.plugins.base_plugin. It's an abstract class implementing the entire API of callback methods available to plugins.

Multiple plugins are executed as a pipeline. Each callback receives a previous_value parameter: the first plugin receives the default value, each consecutive plugin receives the value returned by the previous one.


Saleor allows you to change the configuration of any given plugin over API.

CONFIG_STRUCTURE describes the shape of the configuration: field names, their types, and labels to use in the user interface.

DEFAULT_CONFIGURATION provides initial values for those fields.

The plugin configuration can be further validated by overwriting the validate_plugin_configuration method like in the following example:

# custom_tax/
from django.core.exceptions import ValidationError
from saleor.plugins.base_plugin import BasePlugin, ConfigurationTypeField
class TaxApiPlugin(BasePlugin):
PLUGIN_ID = "plugin.taxapi" # plugin identifier
PLUGIN_NAME = "Tax API" # display name of plugin
PLUGIN_DESCRIPTION = "Description of the plugin."
"login": {
"type": ConfigurationTypeField.STRING,
"help_text": "Provide your login name",
"label": "Username or account",
"password": {
"type": ConfigurationTypeField.STRING,
"help_text": "Provide your password or API token",
"label": "Password",
{"name": "login", "value": None},
{"name": "password", "value": None},
def validate_plugin_configuration(cls, plugin_configuration: "PluginConfiguration"):
"""Validate if provided configuration is correct."""
missing_fields = []
configuration = plugin_configuration.configuration
configuration = {item["name"]: item["value"] for item in configuration}
if not configuration["login"]:
missing_fields.append("username or account")
if not configuration["password"]:
missing_fields.append("password or API token")
if and missing_fields:
error_msg = (
"To enable a plugin, you need to provide values for the "
"following fields: "
raise ValidationError(error_msg + ", ".join(missing_fields))

Saleor will use this data to create default configuration in DB which will be served by the API.

Writing a new plugin#

Make sure that each plugin inherits from the BasePlugin class and that it overwrites base methods. You can write your plugin as a class which has callable instances, like the one below:

# custom/
from django.conf import settings
from urllib.parse import urljoin
from ..base_plugin import BasePlugin
from .tasks import api_post_request_task
class CustomPlugin(BasePlugin):
def postprocess_order_creation(self, order: "Order", previous_value: Any):
data = ...
transaction_url = urljoin(settings.CUSTOM_API_URL, "transactions/createoradjust")
api_post_request_task.delay(transaction_url, data)

There is no need to implement all base methods as the PluginsManager will use default values for methods that are not implemented.

Loading your plugin#

Saleor uses the entry points API of Python's setuptools to automatically discover installed plugins. To make a plugin discoverable, include a saleor.plugins entry point in your setup() call. The syntax is package_name =

from setuptools import setup
"saleor.plugins": [
"my_plugin = my_plugin.plugin:MyPlugin"

If your plugin is a Django app, the package name (the part before the equal sign) will be added to Django's INSTALLED_APPS so you can take advantage of Django's features such as ORM integration and database migrations.

Background tasks#

Some plugin operations should be done asynchronously. Saleor uses Celery and will discover all Celery tasks declared in in the plugin directories.

# custom_plugin/
class MyPlugin(BasePlugin):
def postprocess_order_creation(self, order: "Order", previous_value: Any):
data = {}
transaction_url = urljoin(get_api_url(), "transactions/createoradjust")
api_post_request_task.delay(transaction_url, data)
# custom_plugin/
import json
from celery import shared_task
from typing import Any, Dict
import requests
from requests.auth import HTTPBasicAuth
from django.conf import settings
def api_post_request(
url: str,
data: Dict[str, Any],
username = "username"
password = "password"
auth = HTTPBasicAuth(username, password), auth=auth, data=json.dumps(data), timeout=settings.TIMEOUT)
except requests.exceptions.RequestException:

Webhook handler#

The BasePlugin has an abstract method webhook. The webhook method can be used for processing the payload received over HTTP. It is useful in case when a plugin can receive the data from the external services, like payment gateway or external notification system.

# custom_plugin/
class MyPlugin(BasePlugin):
PLUGIN_ID = "my.plugin"
def webhook(self, request: WSGIRequest, path: str, previous_value) -> HttpResponse:
# check if plugin is active
# check signatures and headers.
if path == '/webhook/paid`:
# do something with the request
return JsonResponse(data={"paid":True})
return HttpResponseNotFound()

The above method will be called when we execute the request to

PluginManager will identify the owner of the request and will pass the data to the expected plugin. Everything in the URL path after the PLUGIN_ID(my.plugin) will be passed to the plugin as a path argument.


Plugin as a response needs to return the object of type inherited from django.http.HttpResponse.

Customizing the plugins manager#

The PluginsManager class is located in the saleor.plugins.manager module. It is a class responsible for handling all declared plugins and serving a response from them. Unless further customized this class is used to interface with the plugins. Should you need to use a custom sub-class (or an entirely new implementation), you can tell Saleor to use it by setting settings.PLUGIN_MANAGER to the Python path of your custom implementation.