Managing add-ons

An add-on is an installable component that supplements or enhances the functionality of FishEye in some way. For example, the FishEye Release Report is a free add-on that presents a release report of the new commits in a branch for a given release (based on the Commit Graph), including all commits in feature branches that were merged to the release branch.

FishEye comes with many pre-installed add-ons (called system add-ons). You can install more add-ons, either by acquiring the add-on from the Atlassian Marketplace or by uploading it from your file system. This means that you can install add-ons that you have developed yourself. For information about developing your own add-ons for FishEye, see the FishEye developer's guide.

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You may notice that the terms 'add-on' and 'plugin' both appear in the Atlassian documentation and tools. While the terms are often used interchangeably, there is a difference. A plugin is a type of add-on that can be installed into an Atlassian host application. Plugins are what developers create with the Atlassian SDK. But there are other types of add-ons as well. For example, the JIRA client is an add-on that runs as a separate program rather than as a plugin to JIRA. This documentation uses the term 'add-on' most often.

About the Universal Plugin Manager (UPM)

You administer add-ons for FishEye using the Universal Plugin Manager (UPM). The UPM is itself an add-on that exposes add-on administration pages in the FishEye Administration Console. UPM works across Atlassian applications, providing a consistent interface for administering add-ons in FishEye, Crucible, Confluence, JIRA, Bitbucket Server and Bamboo.

UPM comes pre-installed in recent versions of all Atlassian applications, so you do not normally need to install it yourself. However, like other add-ons, the UPM software is subject to regular software updates. Before administering add-ons in FishEye, therefore, you should verify your version of the UPM and update it if needed.

Administering Add-ons in FishEye

You can update UPM, or any add-on, from the UPM's own add-on administration pages. Additionally, you can perform these tasks from the UPM administration pages:

  • Install or remove add-ons
  • Configure add-on settings
  • Discover and install new add-ons from the Atlassian Marketplace
  • Enable or disable add-ons and their component modules

For information on performing these add-on administration tasks, see the Universal Plugin Manager documentation

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