Introduction to Contao Manager Plugins

Manager Plugins are the main entry point to add custom features to the Contao Managed Edition.


This describes contao/manager-plugin version 2.0.

The interfaces

A plugin should be a standalone class, its features are described by implementing different interfaces.

More interfaces will likely be added in the future when new features are added to Contao or the Contao Manager.


The Contao\ManagerBundle\ContaoManager\Bundle\BundlePluginInterface allows a plugin to load bundles into the Symfony kernel at boot time.

This method is usually implemented by a Composer package to load its Symfony bundle and dependencies.


The Contao\ManagerBundle\ContaoManager\Config\ConfigPluginInterface allows a plugin to register container configuration at build time. This is smiliar to prepending configuration in Symfony, but it is only executed in a Contao Managed Edition application.


The Contao\ManagerBundle\ContaoManager\Routing\RoutingPluginInterface enables a plugin to register custom routes for the Symfony router.


Some features, like prepending routing configuration, require a specific order of plugins to correctly override each other. If your plugins needs to override a route of another plugin, it must be loaded before that.

The Contao\ManagerBundle\ContaoManager\Dependency\DependentPluginInterface allows to define a list of Composer packages whose plugins must be loaded before the current plugin.


The Contao\ManagerBundle\ContaoManager\Config\ExtensionPluginInterface allows you to override configuration of other bundles. It is a very powerful but also very complex plugin.

Working with the plugin

If you're developing a Contao 4 bundle, it is recommended to add a manager plugin to enable installation in a Contao Managed Edition. The setup is fairly simple.

Class and Namespace

Create a plugin class in your bundle. The best practice is to create a Plugin class in a ContaoManager folder/subnamespace. The result would be a class like Vendor\SomeBundle\ContaoManager\Plugin.

This class can then implement any of the available interfaces to work with the Contao Managed Edition.


Each Composer package can have one plugin, and it must be registered in the composer.json.

  1. Add a node contao-manager-plugin in the extra section. The result will look something like this:

        "extra": {
             "contao-manager-plugin": "Vendor\\SomeBundle\\ContaoManager\\Plugin"
  2. Add the plugin to your dev requirements:

        "require-dev": {
             "contao/manager-plugin": "^2.0"
  3. Because the plugin is only a dev requirement, it will not affect a regular installation of packages. You need to add a conflict to make sure it's only installed in a compatible setup.

        "conflict": {
             "contao/manager-plugin": "<2.0 || >=3.0"

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