Plugins are core to Ape’s architecture. Here are some plugin examples in Ape:

  • CompilerAPI: For supporting various languages, like Vyper or Solidity.

  • ProviderAPI: For connecting the blockchain, such as Alchemy, Geth, or a local Hardhat node.

  • EcosystemAPI: A suite of networks, such as Ethereum, Fantom, or Starknet.

  • CLI plugins: Extending the click CLI in Ape.

Core Plugins

Ape ships with core plugins to help Ape work out-of-the-box. To see the core plugins that come with Ape, run the following command:

ape plugins list --all

Normally, the ape plugins list command shows you all the plugins you have installed. However, when you include the --all flag, it shows the core plugins and the available plugins as well.


The available plugins list is trusted and from the ApeWorX organization, however you can install third-party plugins from other sources as well.

Installing Plugins

To add plugins to your project, edit your ape-config.yaml file:

  - name: solidity
    version: 0.6.0
  - name: hardhat
  - name: ens
  - name: etherscan
    version: ">=0.6.2,<0.7"

The name field is required. Additionally, you may specify a version with or without constraints.

To install the plugins listed in your project, run the following command from the project’s root directory:

ape plugins install .

To install plugins individually, run the following command:

ape plugins install vyper "solidity>=0.6,<0.7"

To install a plugin from a branch that is not yet released, you can use a git+ prefixed value for the version:

  - name: foobar
    version: git+<owner-of-plugin>/ape-foobar.git@<branch/name>

Or from the CLI like:

ape plugins install "foobar@git+<owner-of-plugin>/ape-foobar.git@<branch/name>"

Plugin Versions

By default, ape plugins commands install plugins within your current Ape version specification. For example, if you have Ape 0.6.5 installed and you install ape-tokens without specifying a version, it defaults to ape-tokens>=0.6.0,<0.7 so it is compatible does not change your Ape version. To upgrade plugins to a new minor version, you have to first update Ape.

We provide an easy way to update your entire Ape ecosystem using the command:

ape plugins update

Now, both Ape and all the plugins will maximally update. Alternatively, you use the change-version command to install a specific version of everything at once:

ape plugins change-version 0.6.0

Plugin Types

There are many types of plugins available, including compilers, providers, networks, and CLI-based plugins. To learn more about the different types of plugins, see the Developing a Plugin Guide.