Extension and Plugin Developers

Multi Commander is build around extension and plug-ins, almost all tools major features  in Multicommander comes from an extension.

There are a couple of different types of extension and plugins.

Tools / Utilities Extension

These are extension that can interact with the core system in Multi Commander. They can show a GUI in it's own window or inside a tab.
Extended the script system with more commands, add own command that will be shown in the menu.

Eg. PictureViewer is a extension that shows it's own gui, MultiRename is an extension that is mixing internal gui element inside it's own window and The File Checksum verifier shows it's GUI inside a tab in Multi Commander. FSFTPScript extends the script language with FTP support.

File System Plugins

These are used to allow Multi Commander to browse archives, FTP, Registry and other resources that has a file system like structure.

File Properties Plugins

These are plugin that are used to retrieve file properties on file. For example the Picture Properties plugin allow you to get file properties of picture files so you can show column with picture properties like Image size, EXIF date and a lot more. 

File Operations Plugins

These are plugin that are used during copy/move and delete operations. They can modify the target location of the file, Change the data that is read/written or do something after a file operation is completed.

For example the built in plugin "Auto Sort" will change the target location so that if a file called "MyFile.txt" is copied, it will place it under a 'M' subfolder under the selected target location.  And the AutoUnpack plugin will notice if the user are copying a .zip file and will then tell the system to copy the content of that file instead, So that the zip file is automatically unpacked.

 

How to get the SDK

The SDK is in beta. And there is no documentation at the moment but the SDK and sampels are well documented.
The current Beta SDK can be found in the forum. If you have any question send a mail or use the forum