Adding a new plugin


Modoboa offers a plugin API to expand its capabilities. The current implementation provides the following possibilities:

  • Expand navigation by adding entry points to your plugin inside the GUI
  • Access and modify administrative objects (domains, mailboxes, etc.)
  • Register callback actions for specific events

Plugins are nothing more than Django applications with an extra piece of code that integrates them into Modoboa. The file will contain a complete description of the plugin:

  • Admin and user parameters
  • Observed events
  • Custom menu entries

The communication between both applications is provided by Available events. Modoboa offers some kind of hooks to let plugin add custom actions.

The following subsections describe plugin architecture and explain how you can create your own plugin.

The required glue

To create a new plugin, just start a new django application like this (into Modoboa’s directory):

$ python startapp

Then, you need to register this application using the provided API. Just copy/paste the following example into the file of the future extension:

from modoboa.core.extensions import ModoExtension, exts_pool

class MyExtension(ModoExtension):

    """My custom Modoboa extension."""

    name = "myext"
    label = "My Extension"
    version = "0.1"
    description = "A description"
    url = "myext_root_location" # optional, name is used if not defined

    def load(self):
        """This method is called when Modoboa loads available and activated plugins.

        Declare parameters and register events here.

    def load_initial_data(self):
        """Optional: provide initial data for your extension here."""


Once done, simply add your extension’s module name to the MODOBOA_APPS variable located inside Finally, run the following commands:

$ python migrate
$ python load_initial_data
$ python collectstatic


A plugin can declare its own parameters. There are two levels available:

  • ‘Administration’ parameters : used to configure the plugin, editable inside the Admin > Settings > Parameters page,
  • ‘User’ parameters : per-user parameters (or preferences), editable inside the Options > Preferences page.

Playing with parameters

To declare a new administration parameter, use the following function:

from modoboa.lib import parameters

parameters.register_admin(name, **kwargs)

To declare a new user parameter, use the following function:

parameter.register_user(name, **kwargs)

Both functions accept extra arguments listed here:

  • type : parameter’s type, possible values are : int, string, list, list_yesno,
  • deflt : default value,
  • help : help text,
  • values : list of possible values if type is list.

Custom administrative roles

Modoboa uses Django’s internal permission system. Administrative roles are nothing more than groups (Group instances).

If an extension needs to add new roles, the following steps are required:

  1. Listen to the GetExtraRoles event that will return the group’s name
  2. Listen to the GetExtraRolePermissions event that will return the new group’s permissions

The group will automatically be created the next time you run the load_initial_data command.

Extending admin forms

the forms used to edit objects (account, domain, etc.) through the admin panel are composed of tabs. You can extend those forms (ie. add new tabs) in a pretty easy way by defining events.


To add a new tab to the account edition form, define new listeners (handlers) for the following events:


from modoboa.lib import events

def extra_account_form(user, account=None):
    return [
        {"id": "tabid", "title": "Title", "cls": MyFormClass}

def fill_my_tab(user, account, instances):
    instances["id"] = my_instance


To add a new tab to the domain edition form, define new listeners (handlers) for the following events:


from modoboa.lib import events

def extra_domain_form(user, domain):
    return [
        {"id": "tabid", "title": "Title", "cls": MyFormClass}

def fill_my_tab(user, domain, instances):
    instances["id"] = my_instance