2.10. Plugin Infrastructure in Buildbot

New in version 0.8.11.

Plugin infrastructure in Buildbot allows easy use of components that are not part of the core. It also allows unified access to components that are included in the core.

The following snippet

from buildbot.plugins import kind

... kind.ComponentClass ...

allows to use a component of kind kind. Available kinds are:


workers, described in Workers


change source, described in Change Sources and Changes


schedulers, described in Schedulers


build steps, described in Build Steps


reporters (or reporter targets), described in Reporters


utility classes. For example, BuilderConfig, Build Factories, ChangeFilter and Locks are accessible through util.

Web interface plugins are not used directly: as described in web server configuration section, they are listed in the corresponding section of the web server configuration dictionary.


If you are not very familiar with Python and you need to use different kinds of components, start your master.cfg file with:

from buildbot.plugins import *

As a result, all listed above components will be available for use. This is what sample master.cfg file uses.

2.10.1. Finding Plugins

Buildbot maintains a list of plugins at https://github.com/buildbot/buildbot/wiki/PluginList.

2.10.2. Developing Plugins

Distribute a Buildbot Plug-In contains all necessary information for you to develop new plugins. Please edit https://github.com/buildbot/buildbot/wiki/PluginList to add a link to your plugin!

2.10.3. Plugins of note

Plugins were introduced in Buildbot-0.8.11, so as of this writing, only components that are bundled with Buildbot are available as plugins.

If you have an idea/need about extending Buildbot, head to How to package Buildbot plugins, create your own plugins and let the world know how Buildbot can be made even more useful.