Plugins

Liara supports plugins to extend the functionality. Plugins are discovered by being available in the liara.plugins namespace. For more details, see:

In practice this means you can provide a plugin by placing it in the liara.plugins namespace. A plugin must export at least one method named register, with no parameters. Here’s an example of a minimal plugin:

def register():
    pass

Of course, a completely empty plugin doesn’t provide any functionality. To hook into Liara, you can connect event handlers to signals. The signals are defined in the liara.signals module.

Extending the command line

The command line is special as it needs to get extended at a very early stage – before it’s shown to the user for the first time. To extend the command line, you must use the commandline_prepared signal. liara uses Click as the command line parser, but you cannot import liara’s command line module directly in your module as that would lead to circular includes. The recommendation is to put the commands directly into the registration method as following:

from liara.signals import commandline_prepared
import click

def register():
    commandline_prepared.connect(_register_cli)

def _register_cli(cli):
    from liara.cmdline import pass_environment

    @cli.command()
    @pass_environment
    def my_new_command(env):
        print(env.liara)

Note the use of @pass_environment. This requests Click to pass the Liara command line environment as the first parameter, which contains the Liara instance. See Environment for more details.