Plugins are objects used to extend and modify the behavior of the CMS. Plugins are identified by their type, and different types of plugins will be used by Tina in different ways.

All plugins must conform to the Plugin interface:

interface Plugin {
  __type: string // Identifies how the plugin should be used
  name: string //   Unique identifier for the plugin

Beyond that, a plugin's properties will depend on what it's used for. Most of Tina's features, including Forms and Fields, are implemented as Plugins!

Adding Plugins

Call cms.plugins.add and pass in the plugin.

import { TinaCMS } from 'tinacms'

const cms = new TinaCMS()
  // essential plugin data
  __type: 'hello',
  name: 'hello-dj',

  // plugin-specific data
  user: 'DJ',

Alternatively, you can call the usePlugins hook from inside a function component.

import * as React from 'react'
import { usePlugins } from 'tinacms'

export function SomeComponent() {
      __type: 'hello',
      name: 'hello-dj',
      user: 'DJ',

When adding plugins from inside a React component, the plugin is added when the component mounts, and removed when the component unmounts. This is both expected and encouraged, as Tina has a Dynamic Plugin System.

Using a Plugin

Retrieve all plugins of a given type via cms.plugins.all.

import * as React from 'react'
import { useCMS } from 'tinacms'

export function Hello() {
  const cms = useCMS()
  const sayHello = React.useCallback(() => {
    // get all of the "hello" plugins.
    const helloPlugins = cms.plugins.all('hello')

    // iterate over all of the "hello" plugins
    helloPlugins.forEach(plugin => alert(`Hello, ${plugin.user}!`))
  }, [])
  return <button onClick={sayHello}>Say Hello</button>