Drupal Plugin Types for Drupal 8, Drupal 9

Last updated March 2, 2021
Module Development8.9.x/9.3.x

The term plugin type is used as a way to provide a generic name for all plugins managed by the same plugin manager. Example plugin types include block, field widget, and image effect. A plugin type doesn't consist of any code that provides specific functionality. Instead, it provides a way to refer to the system and it describes the central purpose of all plugins of that type.

In this tutorial, we'll cover what the term plugin type means and how it is used when talking about Drupal's plugin system. By the end of this tutorial, you'll understand what a plugin type is and be ready to learn how to define a plugin type in a module.