Plugin Script


In the Assets, select any of the script, you can see such a settings interface in the Properties, we can set whether the script is "Import As Plugin" here.

  • For Component script, data logic, the default is to cancel this option, such a script is referred to as Normal Script.
  • For third-party script, or the underlying plugin, it may be necessary to select the option, such a script is referred to as Plugin Script.

This option is only related to the script, specific aspects of the impact, most people only need a simple understanding

Type Normal Script Plugin Script
Declare components Support Not Support
Modular Support, you can refer to other Normal Script by require, can not require Plugin Script Not Support, also can not require Normal Script
Variable Declaration The variables defined within script are not exposed to global Once published, local variables declared within the script that are not in any function are exposed as global variables. If in the editor, then it is the same as the Normal Script. (The local variables won't be exposed as global variables on Wechat, Baidu, Xiaomi and Alipay minigame. To achieve the same effect, you should declare the local variables as properties in global variable window)
use strict Forced, undefined variables can not be assigned Need to manually declare, otherwise once the undefined variable is assigned it will become a global variable
When the script is imported into the project The ES2015 feature in the script is compiled first, and then into a unified modular analysis process Do not do anything
During the project building phase All Normal Scripts will be packaged into a single script file, and in the release mode will be further compressed Not packaged, and in the release mode will be compressed
SourceMap Support Not Support

When the "Import As Plugin" is checked, it is possible to further set up where the plugin script will take effect in Properties:

Option Affected Platform Remarks
Load In Web browser,
preview on browser,
Enabled by default. When disabled, the "Load In Editor" will also disabled.
Load In Editor editor Disabled by default. You should manually turn on this option if other Normal Scripts depend on the current script during loading in the editor.
Once enabled, local variables declared within the script that are not in any function will not exposed as global variables. So global variable needs to be defined in the form = 0 to take effect.
Load In Native native,
preview on simulator
Enabled by default.

Script loading order

The script loading order is as follows:

  1. Cocos2d engine
  2. Plugin Script (if there are multiple, they are loaded in alphabetical order according to the path in the project)
  3. Normal Script (only one file after packing, the internal scripts will be initialized in the order of require dependencies)

Target platform compatibility

After the project is published, the plugin will be loaded directly by the target platform, so please check the plugin compatibility with the target platform, or the plugin may not run.

  • The target platform does not provide native Node.js support

    For example, many npm modules depend directly or indirectly on Node.js, which can not be used when they are published to a native or web.

  • Plugins that rely on the DOM API will not be able to publish to native platforms

    Web pages can use a lot of front-end plugins, such as jQuery, but they may depend on the browser's DOM API. Plugins that rely on these APIs can not be used in native platforms.


  • If the plugin contains multiple scripts, you need to merge all the scripts used by the plugin into a single js file

    Take Async as an example, this library contains a lot of fragmented source files, if you put all the source files into the project, each source file must be set "Import As Plugin" once, and Creator can not guarantee the load order between these source files, it is easy to report errors. So we have to find the pre-compiled single script provided by plugin author, such as async.js or async.min.js. Such a file can be loaded directly by the browser, do not need to do additional compilation operations, generally can be put directly into Creator. If the plugin author does not provide a packaged version, usually also shows how to compile the browser executable script in the document, according to the operation just fine.

  • If the plugin also depends on other plugins, you also need to merge multiple plugins into a single js file

    In the example of protobuf.js, this library also depends on bytebuffer.js, but the plugin author does not provide an integrated standalone version. We can first download the two files protobuf.js and bytebuffer.js which compiled from the two libraries, and then use the text editor or a command-line tool like cat to concat these two scripts into a new script protobuf_all.js. Then you can use this protobuf_all.js directly in Creator.

  • Does not support plugins to actively load other scripts

    To lzma plugin, for example, the default lzma.js script provided by this plugin will load another worker script through the browser's Worker, which is not currently supported by Creator. The solution is to use lzma_worker.js alone. Others like the use of document.createElement("script") self-loading dependencies plugins, also need to do a similar process to import into Creator.

Global variable

Since all Plugin Scripts are guaranteed to be loaded before Normal Scripts, you can use this feature to declare some special global variables in addition to being used to load the plugin.

You can add such a script in the project, and set the "Import As Plugin":

/* globals.js */

// Defines the default value for new components
window.DEFAULT_IP = "";

// Define the component switch
window.ENABLE_NET_DEBUGGER = true;

// Define engine API abbreviations (only for constructors)
window.V2 = cc.Vec2;

Then you can use them directly in any Normal script, such as using global variables like DEFAULT_IP when declaring class:

/* network.js */

    extends: cc.Component,
    properties: {
        ip: {
            default: DEFAULT_IP
/* network_debugger.js */

    // This component takes effect when ENABLE_NET_DEBUGGER
        extends: cc.Component,
        properties: {
            location: {
                default: new V2(100, 200)
        update: function () {
else {
    // Otherwise this component does nothing
        extends: cc.Component,
        start: function () {
            // Remove the component after it starts

In this case, the variables in globals.js has been used since scripts such as network.js and network_debugger.js are loaded. So if the globals.js is not a plugin script, each script that might use those global variables should declare require("globals"); at the top, to ensure that globals.js is loaded first.

But if a global variable itself is to be initialize in the component's onLoad, it is recommended to use = bar to declare the global variables directly in the onLoad of a Normal Script, do not need to use the Plugin Script, see Access by using global variable.

Please note that when the game is running away from the editor, the plugin script will run directly on the global scope. Local variables within the script that are not in any function will be exposed as global variables. Be careful to cause global variables to pollute.

You should use global variable with care and understanding, we do not recommend using it, you had better keep them readonly if really need to do that.
Please avoid name duplication with exists global variables in the system.
You can freely encapsulate or extend the Cocos2d engine in Plugin Scripts, but this will increase team communication costs, making scripts difficult to reuse.

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