Documentation/4.3/SlicerApplication/ExtensionsManager

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3D Slicer now supports plug-ins which we call extensions. Extensions are available from an extension server. This allows end-users to select the extensions useful to them, without having to download the entire extension archive.

Extensions Manager

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Prerequisites

ExtensionsManager must be enabled in the Application Settings (menu item "Edit -> Application Settings -> Extensions"). If you changed the setting, Slicer has to be restarted for it to become effective. Enable ExtensionsManager

Installing an extension

Uninstalling an extension

Disabling an extension

Incompatible extensions

Extensions Manager Settings

  1. Extensions server URL: Address of the server used to download and install extensions
  2. Extensions installation path: Directory where extension packages should be extracted and installed
  1. After installing an extension, the directories containing the modules bundled within an extension will be visible as additional module paths.
  2. Modules associated with an extension can also be disabled one by one.

Whereas the module path is used to indicate Slicer where to look to load additional modules, the extension manager also takes care of updating the LibraryPaths / Paths / EnvironmentVariables in the launcher settings so that libraries associated with modules can be successfully loaded.



User FAQ: Extensions

What is an extension ?

Extensions in the Extension manager.

An extension could be seen as a delivery package bundling together one or more Slicer modules. After installing an extension, the associated modules will be presented to the user as built-in ones

The Slicer community maintains a website referred to as the Slicer Extensions Catalog to support finding, downloading and installing of extensions. Access to this website is integral to Slicer and facilitated by the Extensions Manager functionality built into the distributed program.

The Catalog classifies extensions into three levels of compliance:

  1. Category 1: Fully compliant Slicer Extensions: Slicer license, open source, maintained.
  2. Category 2: Open source, contact exists.
  3. Category 3: All other extensions (work in progress, beta, closed source etc).

To publish extensions, developers should consider reading the following pages:

What is the extensions catalog ?

The extensions catalog provides Slicer users with a convenient way to access the extensions previously uploaded on the extensions server:

Why there are no windows 32-bit extensions available ?

  • Win 32 has a very limited amount of memory available to an application.
  • Many registration and segmentation algorithms fail on that platform because they run out of memory, when used with state of large data.
  • Some of these failures are just that, some can crash slicer. Even though the "real" failure is caused by overextending the capabilities of the hardware (in a way the users fault), it appears to the user that Slicer does not work.
  • If you search the archives of slicer-users there are several such complaints until we started to discourage people to use 32 bit.

Discussion: http://massmail.spl.harvard.edu/public-archives/slicer-users/2013/006703.html

Should I install the nightly version to access to last extension updates ?

If the extension developers contributed updates for the current stable release, you don't have to install the nightly version of Slicer. You can simply update the extension. Consider reading How to update an already installed extension ?.

On the other hand, if the extension developers stopped to maintain the version of their extension built against the stable release (so that we can use the latest feature that will be in the next Slicer release), downloading the nightly is the only way to get the latest version of the extension.

How to update an already installed extension?

Assuming updates extensions are available for your version of Slicer, it is currently not possible without uninstalling the extension and re-installing it.

We are currently developing a mechanism allowing to either manually update or automatically suggest update. In the process of finalizing, reviewing and testing, the corresponding feature will be available in Slicer 4.9.

For more details, see [1][2] and [3]

[1] http://na-mic.org/Mantis/view.php?id=2089

[2] https://github.com/mwoehlke-kitware/Slicer/tree/REBASE-2089-update-extensions

[3] http://wiki.slicer.org/slicerWiki/index.php/Documentation/Labs/ExtensionsFrameworkRoadmap

How to manually install an extension ?

1) Get revision associated with your install or built Slicer. (Menu -> Help -> About)

2) Download extension matching your Slicer revision. Select operating system, bitness and enter revision on http://slicer.kitware.com/midas3/slicerappstore

3) Extract the archive (zip or tar.gz) in a folder. You should then have a folder like:

/path/to/<slicer_revision>-<os>-<bitness>-<extension_name>-<extension_scm><extension_revision>-YYYY-MM-DD

containing folder like:

lib/Slicer-X.Y/cli-modules
lib/Slicer-X.Y/qt-loadable-modules
lib/Slicer-X.Y/qt-scripted-modules

For more details: Documentation/4.3/Developers/DirectoryStructure

4) In the Module settings (Menu -> Edit -> Settings), add the path ending with lib/Slicer-X.Y/{cli|qt-scripted|qt-loadable}-modules