Subscribing to Plugins vs. Modules in the Rack Library

I’m completely new here and just starting to get to grips with Rack and having a blast so far. I’ve been trying to download new plugins from the library. When browsing the plugin details I can’t for the life of me find “Subscribe to X Plugin” - I can only find “Subscribe to Y Brand”, which then subscribes me to the entire set of plugins from that brand, rather than the specific plugin I want.

It seems that the plugin library has been redesigned lately (?) from what it was, so I’m not sure if this is just a new layout issue or if I’m just not finding something. Sorry if there’s a completely basic/obvious answer to this!

Right now, you’re only able to subscribe to entire brands, not individual modules. I think this might change in future versions, but I’m not sure.

If you really want to hide other modules you don’t want in the browser, you should be able to remove them from the plugin’s JSON manifest, though I expect updating the plugin will revert that.

Cheers! That’s fair enough - just wondered because it seemed different from most of the guides I’ve read so far and thought I was doing something wrong! It seems like a quick and decent way of adding modules to the library, but slightly overwhelming especially when starting out. Thanks anyway!


a plugin is a collection of modules of a brand, for instance, Vult, Vult Free and Vult mysteries, if you subscribes to one of them you are not subscribing to all the plugins of the brand


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Sorry I meant “module” not plugin. But not to worry - it looks like the updated library instructions specify that adding individual modules is disabled for now until Rack V2 is released.

Some of the existing official documentation is indeed incomplete or not up to date.

That’s something the community could work on… but I’m personally not inclined to help fixing this, since it’s an effort that may be nullified by the supposedly upcoming release of Rack2 v2.

Btw…welcome to the forum @SilentSleep :slight_smile:

It’s not uncommon for new Rack users to get confused by the terminology and the difference between plugins and modules.

The Library layout was updated in March 2020, but it hasn’t changed recently.

FYI I’m editing the title of your post to reflect the contents of the discussion, and moving it to #Rack since it’s actually about Rack, rather than specific Rack plugins.

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And two things to mention. First, it’s always been this way, it’s not due to a redesign of the lib. Second, the vast majority of devs do put all their modules in one plugin. So subscribe to brand is very close to correct in reality. I suspect most devs are like me; we have a single plugin because it’s much easier.

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Ah thanks! I thought it was due to change in the library because manage plugins from Rack redirects straight there and didn’t seem to match what I was seeing in most tutorials/guides on adding new modules. Thanks anyway I think I’ve got it figured out!

Hey @SilentSleep, could you please point me to the tutorials you found which carry different/wrong/out-of-date instructions?

Sorry I think I got confused between the library page and the plugins/module distinction. Thanks so much for the help though!

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