The EMQ X Broker distribution contains a large number of official plug-ins, which provide some basic or various extended functions.

They rely on the code API of emqx orhooks for their special functions.

You can compile it with the emqx core project and package it into a working package through the package compilation tool emqx-rel.

List of plugins

The official plug-ins provided by EMQ X include:

Plugin Configuration file Description
emqx_dashboard etc/plugins/emqx_dashbord.conf Web dashboard Plugin (Default)
emqx_management etc/plugins/emqx_management.conf HTTP API and CLI Management Plugin
emqx_auth_clientid etc/plugins/emqx_auth_clientid.conf ClientId Auth Plugin
emqx_auth_username etc/plugins/emqx_auth_username.conf Username/Password Auth Plugin
emqx_auth_jwt etc/plugins/emqx_auth_jwt.conf JWT Auth/access control
emqx_auth_ldap etc/plugins/emqx_auth_ldap.conf LDAP Auth/access control
emqx_auth_http etc/plugins/emqx_auth_http.conf HTTP Auth/access control
emqx_auth_mongo etc/plugins/emqx_auth_mongo.conf MongoDB Auth/access control
emqx_auth_mysql etc/plugins/emqx_auth_mysql.conf MySQL Auth/access control
emqx_auth_pgsql etc/plugins/emqx_auth_pgsql.conf PostgreSQL Auth/access control
emqx_auth_redis etc/plugins/emqx_auth_redis.conf Redis Auth/access control
emqx_psk_file etc/plugins/emqx_psk_file.conf PSK support
emqx_web_hook etc/plugins/emqx_web_hook.conf Web Hook Plugin
emqx_lua_hook etc/plugins/emqx_lua_hook.conf Lua Hook Plugin
emqx_retainer etc/plugins/emqx_retainer.conf Retain Message storage module
emqx_rule_engine etc/plugins/emqx_rule_engine.conf Rule engine
emqx_bridge_mqtt etc/plugins/emqx_bridge_mqtt.conf MQTT Message Bridge Plugin
emqx_delayed_publish etc/plugins/emqx_delayed_publish.conf Delayed publish support
emqx_coap etc/plugins/emqx_coap.conf CoAP protocol support
emqx_lwm2m etc/plugins/emqx_lwm2m.conf LwM2M protocol support
emqx_sn etc/plugins/emqx_sn.conf MQTT-SN protocol support
emqx_stomp etc/plugins/emqx_stomp.conf Stomp protocol support
emqx_recon etc/plugins/emqx_recon.conf Recon performance debugging
emqx_reloader etc/plugins/emqx_reloader.conf Hot load plugin
emqx_plugin_template etc/plugins/emqx_plugin_template.conf plugin develop template

Start and stop plugin

There are four ways to load plugins:

  1. Default loading
  2. Start and stop plugin on command line
  3. Start and stop plugin on Dashboard
  4. Start and stop plugin by calling management API

Default loading

If a plugin needs to start with the broker, add this plugin in data/loaded_plugins.

For example, the plugins that are loaded by default are:

{emqx_management, true}.
{emqx_recon, true}.
{emqx_retainer, true}.
{emqx_dashboard, true}.
{emqx_rule_engine, true}.
{emqx_bridge_mqtt, false}.

Start and stop plugin on command line

When the EMQ X is running, plugins can be checked, loaded/unloaded by CLI - Load/Unload Plugin:

Start and stop plugin on Dashboard

If Dashboard plugin is started (by default), the plugins can be start or stopped by visiting the managing page that can be found under http://localhost:18083/plugins.

Start and stop plugins using management API

When EMQ X Broker is running, you can view, start and stop a plugin through Managing and Monitoring API - Load Plugin.

Plugin development

Create plugin project

Refer to the emqx_plugin_template plugin template to create a new plugin project.

Note: The tag of-emqx_plugin (? MODULE)should be added to \<plugin name>_app.erl file to indicate that this is an EMQ X Broker plugin.

Create Authentication / Access Control Module

Authentication/Access sample code - emqx_auth_demo.erl


-export([ init/1
        , check/2
        , description/0

init(Opts) -> {ok, Opts}.

check(_ClientInfo = #{clientid := ClientId, username := Username, password := Password}, _State) ->
    io:format("Auth Demo: clientId=~p, username=~p, password=~p~n", [ClientId, Username, Password]),

description() -> "Auth Demo Module".

Access control sample code - emqx_acl_demo.erl



%% ACL callbacks
-export([ init/1
        , check_acl/5
        , reload_acl/1
        , description/0

init(Opts) ->
    {ok, Opts}.

check_acl({ClientInfo, PubSub, _NoMatchAction, Topic}, _State) ->
    io:format("ACL Demo: ~p ~p ~p~n", [ClientInfo, PubSub, Topic]),

reload_acl(_State) ->

description() -> "ACL Demo Module".

Example code for mounting authentication and access control hooks - emqx_plugin_template_app.erl

ok = emqx:hook('client.authenticate', fun emqx_auth_demo:check/2, []),
ok = emqx:hook('client.check_acl', fun emqx_acl_demo:check_acl/5, []).

Load hook

During the plugin extension, you can load hooks to handle events such as client online and offline, topic subscription, and message sending and receiving.

Hook load sample code - emqx_plugin_template.erl

load(Env) ->
    emqx:hook('client.connect',      {?MODULE, on_client_connect, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('client.connack',      {?MODULE, on_client_connack, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('client.connected',    {?MODULE, on_client_connected, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('client.disconnected', {?MODULE, on_client_disconnected, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('client.authenticate', {?MODULE, on_client_authenticate, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('client.check_acl',    {?MODULE, on_client_check_acl, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('client.subscribe',    {?MODULE, on_client_subscribe, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('client.unsubscribe',  {?MODULE, on_client_unsubscribe, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('session.created',     {?MODULE, on_session_created, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('session.subscribed',  {?MODULE, on_session_subscribed, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('session.unsubscribed',{?MODULE, on_session_unsubscribed, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('session.resumed',     {?MODULE, on_session_resumed, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('session.discarded',   {?MODULE, on_session_discarded, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('session.takeovered',  {?MODULE, on_session_takeovered, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('session.terminated',  {?MODULE, on_session_terminated, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('message.publish',     {?MODULE, on_message_publish, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('message.delivered',   {?MODULE, on_message_delivered, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('message.acked',       {?MODULE, on_message_acked, [Env]}),
    emqx:hook('message.dropped',     {?MODULE, on_message_dropped, [Env]}).

Register CLI commands

Processing command line sample code - emqx_cli_demo.erl



cmd(["arg1", "arg2"]) ->
    emqx_cli:print ("ok");

cmd(_) ->
    emqx_cli:usage ([{"cmd arg1 arg2", "cmd demo"}]).

Register command line sample code - emqx_plugin_template_app.erl

ok = emqx_ctl:register_command(cmd, {emqx_cli_demo, cmd}, []),

After the plugin is loaded, use ./bin/emqx_ctl to verify the new command line:

./bin/emqx_ctl cmd arg1 arg2

Plugin configuration file

Plug-in configuration files are placed in etc/${plugin_name}.conf|config. EMQ X Broker supports two plugin configuration formats:

  1. Erlang native configuration file format-${plugin_name}.config:

     {plugin_name, [
     {key, value}
  2. Common format of k = v for sysctl-${plugin_name}.conf:

plugin_name.key = value

Note: k = v format configuration requires the plugin developer to create priv/plugin_name.schema mapping file.

Compile and publish the plugin

clone emqx-rel project:

git clone

Add dependency for rebar.config :

   [ {plugin_name, {git, "url_of_plugin", {tag, "tag_of_plugin"}}}
   , ....

Add the relx paragraph in rebar.config:

    , ...
    , {release, {emqx, git_describe},
         {plugin_name, load},

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