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2.7 Addons

2.7.1 Introduction

Some components are not standalone, but rather extend existing software installed on the system and can only be used together with it. The addon component type exists to reflect that.

Software which provides addons can ship one or more files in /usr/share/metainfo/%{id}.metainfo.xml.

2.7.2 Example file

A addon metainfo file should look like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<component type="addon">
  <name>Code Assistance</name>
  <summary>Code assistance for C, C++ and Objective-C</summary>
  <url type="homepage">http://projects.gnome.org/gedit</url>

2.7.3 File specification

Note that the XML root must have the type property set to addon. This clearly identifies this metainfo document as describing an addon to existing software.


For addons, the component-ID must follow the generic naming conventions (see <id/>).


This tag refers to the ID of the component this addon is extending.

For example, if there is a plugin "kipi" which extends the application "Gwenview", it needs to be referred to as:


The <extends/> tag may be specified multiple times.

For a component of type addon, the following tags are required and must be present: <id/>, <name/>, <summary/>, <metadata_license/>, <extends/>.