Creating a CLI Plugin

In this article we'll create a very basic CLI plugin to become familiar with how the CLI works, and uses plugins. We will create a simple CLI plugin called hello that takes your desired name as an argument and prints a nice greeting.

Plugin structure

Create a new package in your project's root: ./hello. Initialise it using yarn init -y and create an entrypoint ./hello/index.js.

All CLI command plugins must implement this type (you can write your plugins in plain JS, but the plugin structure is important):

type CLIContext = {
// Project name (loaded from webiny.root.js)
projectName: string;
// PluginsContainer instance with all CLI plugins
plugins: PluginsContainer;
// Contains paths that may be useful when developing plugins
paths: {
projectRoot: string;
// Resolve a `path` relative to `projectRoot`. Returns an absolute full path to the given `path`.
resolve(path: string): string;
type CreateCommand = {
yargs: any;
context: CLIContext;
type CLICommandPlugin = {
type: "cli-command";
name: string;
create(params: CreateCommand): void;

create function receives the yargs instance and a context, which is a CLI context object, with various helper utilities.

module.exports = {
type: "cli-command",
name: "cli-command-hello",
create({ yargs }) {
"hello <name>",
`Print a pretty message`,
yargs => {
yargs.positional("name", {
describe: `The name to be greeted.`,
type: "string"
async argv => {
console.log(`Nice to meet you, ${}!`);

We define a required positional argument that accepts your name and is later used when printing it in the greeting.

Enabling the plugin

The last thing to do is enable this plugin in your CLI. Edit your webiny.root.js file and add your new plugin:

module.exports = {
template: "@webiny/[email protected]",
projectName: "my-project",
cli: {
plugins: [
+ require("./hello")

Your webiny.root.js may have a different set of default plugins, but the most important thing is that you require your new plugin and ad it to the cli.plugins array.


The location of your plugin is not important. Since you have to require your plugin, you can do it from anywhere, so you're free to structure your folders withing the project however you like.

To verify your command is registered, run yarn webiny --help, it should be visible in the list of commands.

Let's now test the command:

$ yarn webiny hello Webiny
Nice to meet you, Webiny!

And now you have created your first CLI plugin!

In the next article we'll build a more complex plugin, the one that will scaffold some code for us.

Last updated on by Pavel Denisjuk