This document defines the
plugin.json file found at the root of your plugin folder.
For example, see Fundamental's plugin.json file.
JSON paths are denoted in “flat format”, as used by jq.
The unique identifier for your plugin.
Slugs may only contain letters
-, and underscores
After your plugin is released, the slug must never change, otherwise patch compatibility would be broken. To guarantee uniqueness, it is a good idea to prefix the slug by your “brand name” if available, e.g. “MyCompany-MyPlugin”.
The human-readable name for your plugin. Used for labeling your plugin the VCV Library.
Unlike slugs, the name can be changed at any time without breaking patch compatibility.
The version of your plugin should follow the form
Do not include the “v” prefix---this is added automatically where appropriate.
MAJOR version should match the version of Rack your plugin is built for, e.g. 1.
You are free to choose the
MINOR.REVISION part of your plugin version.
For example, MyPlugin 1.4.2 would specify that your plugin is compatible with Rack 1.X.
If you publish the source code in a git repository, it is recommended to add a git tag with
git tag vX.Y.Z and
git push --tags.
The license of your plugin.
For open-source plugins, use the license identifier string from the SPDX License List, such as
For freeware plugins, use
"proprietary" (TODO: use
"https://vcvrack.com/freeware-eula" when available), or your own freeware license URL.
For commercial plugins, use
"https://vcvrack.com/eula" if sold on the VCV Library, or your own commercial license URL.
Prefix string for all modules in your plugin. For example, the brand “VCV” is used by the Fundamental plugin to create “VCV VCF”, VCV Unity”, etc. If blank or undefined, the plugin name is used.
A one-line summary of the plugin's purpose. If your plugin doesn't follow a theme, it's probably best to omit this.
Your name, company, alias, GitHub username, etc.
Your email address for support inquiries.
Homepage for yourself or your company.
Homepage for the plugin itself.
The manual website of your plugin. E.g. HTML, PDF, GitHub readme, GitHub wiki.
Homepage for the source code.
For GitHub URLs, use the main project page, not the
Link to the changelog of the plugin.
The unique identifier for the module. Similar guidelines from .slug apply.
The human-readable name for the module.
Array of strings. Optional.
List of tags representing the functions and/or properties of the module. All tags must match the following strings, case-insensitive.
Breaks a chord into a sequence of single notes.
With a level knob and not much else.
No parameters or ports. Serves no purpose except visual.
Deprecated aliases: “Clock”
Clock dividers, multipliers, etc.
With threshold, ratio, knee, etc parameters.
Use only if the artist “performs” with this module. Simply having knobs is not enough. Examples: on-screen keyboard, XY pad.
Deprecated aliases: “Drums”, “Percussion”
The core functionality times two. If multiple channels are a requirement for the module to exist (ring modulator, mixer, etc), it is not a Dual module.
Deprecated aliases: “EQ”
Expands the functionality of a “mother” module when placed next to it. Expanders should inherit the tags of its mother module.
Interfaces with hardware or software outside VCV Rack such as a MIDI/audio interface, webcam, DAW, robotic dog, etc.
Deprecated aliases: “VCF”, “Voltage controlled filter”
Generates complex envelopes or cycles via a large selection of general parameters.
Deprecated aliases: “Hardware”
Clones the functionality, panel design, and component layout of a hardware module on the market.
Remember to follow the VCV Plugin Ethics Guidelines and only clone hardware with permission from its owner.
If the module name does not include the hardware's name or brand, add that information to the module description so users can search for the module by its hardware name, e.g. “Based on Mutable Instruments Clouds”.
Limits a signal from exceeding a threshold, e.g. with soft clipping or dynamic range compression.
Implements binary logic with gate signals.
Deprecated aliases: “LFO”, “Low frequency oscillator”
Deprecated aliases: “Low pass gate”, “Lowpass gate”
Generates, processes, or interprets MIDI messages, e.g. for a MIDI interface.
Mixes/sums audio with optional level adjustment, panning, and/or mix buses.
Copies an input directly to multiple outputs. While VCV Rack supports stacking cables on output ports, users sometimes prefer organizing their cables with multiples, allowing easy access to each cable.
Generates audio-rate or CV-rate random noise.
Deprecated aliases: “VCO”, “Voltage controlled oscillator”
Deprecated aliases: “Pan”
Simulates a physical system such as a string, metal bar, vocal chords, chaotic system, celestial bodies, etc.
Deprecated aliases: “Poly”
The core functionality times four. If multiple channels are a requirement for the module to exist (ring modulator, mixer, etc), it is not a Quad module.
Deprecated aliases: “S&H”, “Sample & hold”
A synth voice must have, at the minimum, a built-in oscillator and envelope.
Serves only extremely basic functions, like inverting, max, min, multiplying by 2, etc.
Deprecated aliases: “Amplifier”, “VCA”, “Voltage controlled amplifier”
A one-line summary of the module's purpose. Displayed in the Module Browser tooltip.
String of words, aliases, and abbreviations describing the module to improve searchability in the VCV Library and Rack's module browser.
It is not necessary to copy tags from
Not displayed to the user.
"24dB 12dB V2164 LM13700 OTA multi-mode analog"
The manual website of the module. If omitted, the plugin's manual is used.
In a partnership with ModularGrid, modules released to the VCV Library will be linked to and from their ModularGrid page. For example, Mutable Instruments Clouds on ModularGrid has an “Available for VCV Rack” link to Audible Instruments Texture Synthesizer on the VCV Library.
Specifies that the module should no longer be used and only remains for patch compatibility. If a successor module exists, add its name to the description, e.g. “Replaced by MyModule 2”.
In a future version of Rack, deprecated modules will not be displayed in the Module Browser by default but can still be used by opening old patches.