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Using plugins


Plugins are meant to be separate and isolated directories, each containing code used to extend existing Tuist functionality. You may use plugins that exist at a path local to your machine or at a git source URL to enable sharing and version control across multiple projects.

Adding plugins#

In order to tell Tuist you'd like to use plugins in your project, you can start by defining the plugins in the Config.swift manifest.

import ProjectDescription
let config = Config(
plugins: [
.local(path: "/Plugins/MyPlugin"),
.git(url: "https://url/to/plugin.git", tag: "1.0.0"),
.git(url: "https://url/to/plugin.git", sha: "e34c5ba")

By defining plugins in the Config.swift manifest Tuist is able to collect, cache and use your plugins to add or extend functionality.

Local plugin#

Local plugins are stored relative to the machine generating the project. You can tell Tuist to find them at a given Path.

PluginLocation.local(path: "/Plugins/MyPlugin")
PluginLocation.local(path: .relativeToCurrentFile("MyOtherPlugin/"))
PluginLocation.local(path: .relativeToManifest("../DevelopmentPlugin"))

Remote plugin#

Remote plugins are stored on a remote server and can be downloaded by Tuist and shared across multiple projects.


A common place to store plugins is in a git repository which is uploaded to a remote server. You can specify where to download the plugin as well as what version of the plugin to take. This allows you to version your plugins and share them with others.

You can choose to collect a plugin at a specific git tag:

PluginLocation.git(url: "https://url/to/plugin.git", tag: "1.0.0"),

You may also collect a plugin at a specific git sha:

PluginLocation.git(url: "https://url/to/plugin.git", sha: "e34c5ba")

The Plugin.swift manifest in a git repository should be located at the root of the repository.


Let's say we have a plugin called MyTuistPlugin. This plugin is designed to add functionality to ProjectDescription, in this example the plugin will add a new method to Project which allow us to define an application. This plugin is stored in git on some remote server, and we'd like to use version 1.0.0 of the plugin.

We must first configure Tuist to use our plugin, we can do that by adding the plugin to the Config.swift manifest.

import ProjectDescription
let config = Config(
plugins: [
.git(url: "https://url/to/MyTuistPlugin", tag: "1.0.0")


To use a task plugin, simply import the plugin in Config.swift and it will be automatically available by running tuist exec my-plugin-task. You can read more about tasks here.

Project description helpers#

You can import a project description helper plugin with the name defined in the Plugin.swift manifest, which can then be used in a project manfiest:

import ProjectDescription
import MyTuistPlugin
let project = "MyCoolApp", platform: .iOS)