Getting Started

Required knowledge

  • Python 2
  • JavaScript (ES5, ES6 or CoffeeScript)
  • basic AngularJS knowledge (modules & controllers)
  • basic HTML skills

Setting up development environent

1. Install Ajenti

We recommend to use the automatic installer - see the installation guide

2. Install build tools

Build tools require NodeJS - you can use the NodeSource repositories for quick setup:

# Using Ubuntu
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_7.x | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

# Using Debian, as root
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_7.x | bash -
apt-get install -y nodejs

# Using RHEL or centos, as root
curl -sL https://rpm.nodesource.com/setup_7.x | bash -
yum install nodejs

Now, install the build tools:

npm -g install bower babel-cli babel-preset-es2015


.. HINT::

    For LESS support, add::

        npm -g install less

    For CoffeeScript support, add::

        npm -g install coffee-script

    For localization support, add::

        npm -g angular-gettext-cli angular-gettext-tools

        # Ubuntu or Debian:
        apt-get install gettext

        # RHEL or CentOS
        yum install gettext

3. Install ajenti-dev-multitool

pip install ajenti-dev-multitool

Your first plugin

Create a new plugin in the current directory:

ajenti-dev-multitool --new-plugin "Some plugin name"

Build resources:

cd some_plugin_name
ajenti-dev-multitool --build

And start it:

sudo ajenti-dev-multitool --run-dev

This will start Ajenti with the stock plugins plus the current one, and will rebuild plugin resources every time you reload Ajenti in browser.

Navigate to http://localhost:8000/. You should see new plugin in the sidebar.

What’s inside

Each plugin package consists of Python modules, which contain jadi.component classes (components). Packages also may contain static files, templates and JS and CSS code, e.g.:

* some_plugin_name
  - plugin.yml # plugin description
  - __init__.py
  - other_python_module.py
  * resources
    * vendor
      - jquery-ui # Bower components
  * js
    - module.js # Angular.js code
    - ecmascript6-code.es
    - coffeescript-code.coffee
  * css
    - styles.css
    - styles.less
  * partials
    -- index.html

Where to go from here

Example plugins

Download plugins from here: https://github.com/ajenti/demo-plugins or clone this entire repository.

Prep work:

ajenti-dev-multitool --bower install
ajenti-dev-multitool --rebuild

Run:

ajenti-dev-multitool --run-dev

Hint

Changes in ES6, CoffeeScript and LESS files will be recompiled automatically when you refresh the page; Python code will not. Additional debug information will be available in the console output and browser console. Reloading the page with Ctrl-F5 (Cache-Control: no-cache) will unconditionally rebuild all resources


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