pluginkit(8) System Manager's Manual pluginkit(8)
pluginkit – plugin plug-in extension pluginkit
pluginkit -m [-ADv] [-p -protocol] [-i -identifier] [key=value] [...]
pluginkit [-ar] [-v] [file ...]
pluginkit -e election [-p -protocol] [-i -identifier] [key=value] [...]
pluginkit manages the PlugInKit subsystem for the current user. It can
query the plug-in database and make limited interventions for debugging and
A list of flags and their descriptions:
Matches find all versions of a given plug-in known to the system.
By default, only the latest (highest) version is returned.
-a Explicitly adds plugins at the file location(s) given, even if
they are not normally eligible for automatic discovery. Note that
database clean-ups may eventually remove them in that case.
Perform a matching operation (see -m) and apply the given user
election setting to all matching plug-ins. Elections can be
"use", "ignore", and "default". Elections are applied to all plug-
ins with given identifier.
Matches find all physical instances of a given plug-in known to
the system, even multiple copies with the same version.
-i, --identifier identifier
Specifies a plug-in identifier to match, a short-hand for
Requests pluginkit to scan all registered plug-ins for those
matching the given search criteria (see DISCOVERY MATCHING below).
All matching plug-ins are returned, one per line. Add the -v
option to get more detailed output. This is exactly reproducing
the functionality of PlugInKit discovery, except that no host-
specific restrictions are imposed. The -A and -D options affect
-p --protocol protocol
Specifies a plug-in protocol to match, a short-hand for
-r Explicitly removes plugins at the file location(s) given. Note
that automatic discovery procedures may add them back if they are
--raw Present replies from the management daemon (pkd) in raw XML form.
This is primarily useful for debugging and for reporting full
state in bug reports.
-v Asks for more verbose operation. For matching requests, more
detail is printed about each matched plug-in. This option can be
given more than once.
During plug-in discovery, PlugInKit matches plug-ins against match criteria
and delivers matching plug-ins. Only plug-ins that match all given
criteria are eligible. Criteria are expressed as "key" (must be present) or
"key=value" (key must be present and have the given value). The -i and -p
arguments are shorthands for the conventional identifier and protocol
matching keys. All matching plug-ins are reduced according to the -A and
-D options given. With -D, all eligible plug-ins are returned. With -A, the
last-registered (by timestamp) instance of each version is returned. By
default, only the last instance of the highest version is returned. Note
that this reduction is applied after matching.
The -a and -r options make changes to the system's plug-in registry. The
registry is designed to operate automatically, and will update on its own
as applications are installed, removed, and discovered. The options
available through pluginkit are intended only for limited manipulation
during plug-in development and for certain maintenance tasks. They cannot
make permanent alterations of the automatic registry state.
The pluginkit command first appeared in OS X 10.9.
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