We’re pleased to announce the general availability of Dynamic Plugins in OpenShift 4.12. It was first introduced as a tech preview in OpenShift 4.10 with a limited set of customization. Now it delivers greater flexibility to build the high-quality integrations and unique experiences for your console.

What are Dynamic Plugins?

Dynamic Plugins allow you to add custom pages and other extensions to your interface at runtime. If you’d like to develop a single pane of glass that everybody goes for, Dynamic Plugins are a great resource to be able to tailor your console natively in a supported manner. Set up your environment to write a new OpenShift console Dynamic Plugin.

Dynamic Plugins use cases

Because of the static plugin that lived inside the console, we couldn't always take advantage of the new features and external customers could not add their own. Now, with Dynamic Plugins, we are able to meet the demand for customization of the OpenShift console. Let’s walk through some of the ways you can use the Dynamic Plugins.

Use case 1: Existing perspective update

In the past we had prescriptive ways of updating the OpenShift console using either console CRDs or OLM descriptors. With the Dynamic Plugins, you’ll have a lot more flexibility to tailor the existing perspectives. You can add new navigation items, flows, pages, and actions to either the “admin” or “developer” perspectives.

Use case 2: New perspective creation

You can also create new task-based perspectives, such as DevOps or SecOps by combining either from OpenShift or from external tools. This will make the process much quicker and easier for developers. When this mechanism is combined with PatternFly components, Dynamic Plugins will be a game changer for you.  

Use case 3: Independent code delivery

Previously with the static plugins we could not have the same release cadence. One of the questions we constantly ask ourselves is how can we iterate new features and user experience more quickly on the OpenShift console. With the Dynamic Plugins, code delivery is independent of the OpenShift release cycle, enabling you to update at your own cadence and as often as you’d like.

Use case 4: Easy operator plugin integration

In order to manage multiple clusters, you can install the multi-cluster engine (MCE) operator or Advanced Cluster Management (ACM) operator on the top of the OpenShift console. During installation of these operators, the “multi-cluster switcher” plugin will be delivered. With the Dynamic Plugins, you don’t have to wait for a new release or update of the OpenShift console. It will be loaded to the console at run-time.

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