Plugins can be used to extend forc with new commands that go beyond the native commands mentioned in the previous chapter. While the Fuel ecosystem provides a few commonly useful plugins (forc-fmt, forc-client, forc-lsp, forc-explore), anyone can write their own!

Let's install a plugin, forc-explore, and see what's underneath the plugin:

cargo install forc-explore

Check that we have installed forc-explore:

$ forc plugins
Installed Plugins:

forc-explore runs the Fuel Network Explorer, which you can run and check out for yourself:

$ forc explore
Fuel Network Explorer 0.1.1
Running server on
Server::run{addr=}: listening on

You can visit to check out the network explorer!

Note that some plugin crates can also provide more than one command. For example, installing the forc-client plugin provides the forc deploy and forc run commands. This is achieved by specifying multiple [[bin]] targets within the forc-client manifest.

Writing your own plugin

We encourage anyone to write and publish their own forc plugin to enhance their development experience.

Your plugin must be named in the format forc-<MY_PLUGIN> and you may use the above template as a starting point. You can use clap and add more subcommands, options and configurations to suit your plugin's needs.