Hello, I want to start with a new group of students and help them install Rack but obviously something has changed since last year because I don’t find the “add” button next to each plugin on library.vcvrack.com anymore. At first I thought it could be a browser issue but I have the same problem with both Firefox and Chrome.
It’s not “Add” — it’s “Subscribe” (or “Unsubscribe” to “Remove”).
Click on “Subscribe” in the first column of the plugins list.
Once subscribed, requires a restart of Rack, then update after you get a red dot in the Library menu. After updating, restart rack then the new modules appear in the browser.
Subscribing to entire plugins from the Plugins list certainly works, but it is not a good place to browse from . If you don’t know the plugin ahead of time, you can’t really tell what it might do. But if you click on a plugin name from that list, then it takes you to a page dedicated to that plugin that lists all the modules, and provides a link at the top to subscribe (unsubscribe) the entire plugin. For example, here is the top half of the Venom plugin page:
There is another way to get to a subscribable plugin page, but it is not as intuitive as I would hope. From the Library module browser, if you click on the plugin name instead of the module name, then it does a plugin search returning all the modules from that plugin - this does not do you any good.
But if you click on a module, and then from within the module page you click on the plugin link it will take you to the desired subscribable plugin page. For example, the circled link in the Bernoulli Switch page below takes you to the subscribable Venom plugin page.
It’s likely some policy your network admins have implemented to disallow certain types of traffic (whatever it is the VCV site sends to subscribe). Very common with educational institutions.
You’ll need to talk to the administrators of your institution’s network about allow-listing vcvrack.com. Since you’re doing this for the educational benefit of your students, they should be amenable to doing so.