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What's the difference between extensions and plugins


I see references to extensions and to plugins throughout the docs. Is there a difference? 


For example, if I write code for the OneAgent Extensions SDK, is that code a plugin? 


I am very new to Dynatrace, I suspect this may be a lame question. Sorry.




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@sjenningsFirst of all, welcome!

It's a very interesting question, not lame at all!  Because I have been developing extensions for quite a long time and had not noticed the difference 🤣

And I can't even explain it, but looking at the documentation, like the link below,


it seems that plugin might be an older name (after all, one file included in an extension is called plugin.json). But I'm not sure, and maybe someone might give a better answer 😂

Antonio Sousa

Correct - I've been using extensions from the very beginning - approximately in Dynatrace 1.117. It was mostly called plugin at that time. I believe extension is a much better name and should be used instead.

Certified Dynatrace Master | Alanata a.s., Slovakia, Dynatrace Master Partner

Hi guys, 

Its look like "plugins" came along from good old AppMon plugins and got new branding as extensions as @Julius_Loman & @AntonioSousa wrote.



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