npm i @gasket/plugin-metadata


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npm i @gasket/plugin-metadata


Metadata is the information about the register plugins and presets, available to plugin lifecycle hooks. This data can be used in various was for plugins, most notably the @gasket/plugin-docs which uses it to collate docs for an app.


This is a default plugin in the Gasket CLI and is always available for use.



Describe metadata for a plugin and optionally its supporting modules.


This plugin implements the metadata lifecycle, which plugins can use to modify it's own metadata at runtime. Whatever is returned will replace the existing metadata.

// gasket-plugin-example.js
module.exports = {
  name: 'example',
  hooks: {
     * @param {Gasket} gasket - The Gasket API
     * @param {PluginData} data - This plugin's initial metadata
     * @returns {Object}
    async metadata(gasket, data) {
      return {
        // adding extra data to this plugin's metadata
        extra: 'information',
        // add metadata for details of this plugin
        lifecycles: [{
          name: 'some-data',
          description: 'Allows plugins to do something with data',
          method: 'exec',
          parent: 'start'
        // Metadata for these modules will be loaded
        // Declare as strings or objects with additional data
        modules: [
          { name: 'right-pad', extra: 'data', link: 'DOC.md' }
     * An example lifecycle hook which utilizes metadata
     * @param {Gasket} gasket - The Gasket API
    async example(gasket) {
      const { metadata } = gasket;

      if (metadata.plugins.find(pluginData => pluginData.name === 'gasket-plugin-something')) {
        // only perform some action if a certain plugin is also registered


Beside the lifeycles available to plugins, metadata can also be described for preset and modules.


Presets can describe additional metadata. This is done by defining a metadata property object on the module, which will get expanded to the PresetData.

// gasket-preset-example.js
module.exports = {
  metadata: {
    extra: 'information'


Lastly, modules can describe metadata by defining a gasket.metadata property in the package.json which will get expanded to the ModuleData:

  "name": "example",
  "version": "1.2.3",
  "gasket": {
    "metadata": {
      "guides": [{
        "name": "Example Guide",
        "description": "How to do something",
        "link": "docs/example.md"

This is especially useful to surface guides with Gasket docs for supporting packages that are intended to be used with Gasket, but are not plugins.

How it works

Metadata begins with the info objects from the Loader of @gasket/resolve and builds data objects for plugins, and presets, and supporting modules. Any functions preset will be redacted, as metadata is not intended to be executed, but rather to is made available to read and inform plugins. This data can be added to, by hooking the metadata lifecycle in a plugin.

Metadata provides insights to a plugin's shape and package information. Additional detail info of plugins can added in the metadata lifecycle, such as what commands, lifecycles, or structures, a plugin provides. The metadata object be accessed in lifecycle hooks from gasket.metadata.

Additionally, ModuleData for all the top-level app's dependencies are loaded by default, and is available from gasket.metadata.app.modules. Plugins can choose to bring in metadata for more modules, or augment what has already been loaded for the app. These, along with the app's modules, will be flattened and available from gasket.metadata.modules.



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