Packer plugins are separate, standalone applications that perform tasks during each build.
packer build, the process list shows
packer- prefixed applications. One of those applications is the Packer binary, and the rest are plugins. Packer launches one plugin process for each component in the build.
The Packer binary has a set of built-in plugins that it can find and run automatically. You can also define a list of external plugins in your template for Packer to run and communicate with throughout the build. These external plugins extend Packer functionality without modifying the core source code.
Refer to the following plugin documentation:
- Built-in Plugins: Use builders to create machines and images, data sources to fetch data, provisioners to install and configure machine images, and post-processors to perform additional tasks after provisioning
- External Plugins: Review the documentation for available external plugins not included with the Packer binary
- Installing Plugins: Installation Guides to add external plugins to your Packer template and install the binaries
- Developing Plugins: Get started creating custom external plugins