## General developer forum

### Is it possible to rename a plugin?

Is it possible to rename a plugin?

I've just been 'given' the plugin I developed for my current employer as they're not going to be using Moodle much longer, so that I can maintain it myself.  One condition was that I remove all references to the company from the plugin, functions and all (which is not a problem as it's not a huge plugin).  Let's say the plugin is called local_companyplugin.

I have effectively renamed the plugin to local_plugin.  The issue I have is that when I try to upload a new version of the plugin with 'company' removed, the Moodle plugin database is still expecting the plugin to be called local_companyplugin, and complains about:

• Component declared in version.php file: local_plugin does not match the expected component: local_companyplugin
• Important English language file not found. Searching for file companyplugin/lang/en/local_companyplugin.php
...as it seems that it's expecting local_companyplugin as it was originally named.
So, can I fundamentally rename the plugin, or so I need to deprecate this one and register a new one?

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Re: Is it possible to rename a plugin?

Might be a silly question, but have you renamed the parent folder? That looks like it's still trying to find files in the folder /companyplugin but can't find them because you've renamed the files themselves and references in them.

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Re: Is it possible to rename a plugin?

Hi Richard.  That's a fair question, and I've missed such things before, but in this case it was automatically pulling the code from GitHub.

Hmm, I've just tagged and uploaded a slightly older version of the plugin (basically the commit before I renamed everything) and that was accepted just fine.  Maybe I should deprecate this plugin and register a new one.

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Re: Is it possible to rename a plugin?
If you're talking about the Moodle plugins db - then yes you will need to register a new plugin. you can update the description of the old one to point to the new one. You may also want to write some form of upgrade/conversion script to allow people to upgrade from the old plugin to your new one.

Here's how I managed the change from mod_attforblock to mod_attendance - it might be useful?

It's a bit nasty and is really an abuse of verison.php but worked ok - I then eventually removed it from version.php

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