Summary: This section provides information about sharing a custom extension with the wider CAST user community.
If you have created a custom extension that you are actively using and you think other users could benefit from this, you can share your extension:
- with the wider CAST community using CAST Extend for third-party custom extensions
- within your organization using your own "NuGet" server
CAST uses the free and open source package manager known as NuGet to distribute CAST AIP extensions (whatever the author).
In addition if you do not have internet accesse or for any other reasons, you can also install a NuGet server in your own organization if you want to distribute CAST custom extensions internally.
First step : create the NuGet package
First you need to build a .nupkg file from that folder
Use Share a custom extension command line action pack with the path to the plugin.nuspec as parameter. Place yourself outside of your extension directory, for example just above:
If succeed, it will create a my.company.plugin.1.0.0.nupkg file.
nuget pack command ignore empty directories. So those emply directories will not be included in the resulting package. If you need to rely on existence of empty directories inside your extension you need to do a 'on demand' creation of that directory inside your own code.
Known examples are:
- Temporary folder for UA preprocessing
- Workaround is to create them if needed
Second step : publish the extension for sharing
You have several solutions for sharing extensions :
- have an http server and publish to it
- have a shared folder and copy nupkg files into it
The HTTP server way
You need a NuGet server.
Here we assume that you publish to the existing CAST NuGet Server located here : https://extend.castsoftware.com/uc/
Command line for uploading a nupkg to this server :
where <password> is the server password (not mentioned here, you need to ask the server administrator).
Then this plugin will be available through ExtensionDownloader as the server https://extend.castsoftware.com:443/uc/nuget is activated by default.
The Shared folder way
Simpler : copy the my.company.plugin.1.0.0.nupkg into that folder.
Then this plugin will be available through ExtensionDownloader if you have configured that folder path as an active server.