What is the verb for "to make something into a plugin"?

Example use: "Developer can you make Module Foo into a plugin?". "Yes sir, I can some verb Module Foo".

Terms I have considered: pluginify, pluginize, make pluggable

Criteria for Acceptance: A single verb which means "to make something into a plugin" or "to create something as a plugin". I am looking for a term which is already in use as opposed to a new one.

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  • Thanks @gnat. I am trying to find a verb which already exists so I can search documentation. I am not trying to name a class nor come up with a new term. – Freiheit Aug 4 '14 at 13:15
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    Modularize is the closest word I can think of. Or perhaps componentize. That's what you do when you transform something into a plugin. – Robert Harvey Aug 4 '14 at 13:36
  • pluggenate (sometimes plugginate) – MetaFight Aug 4 '14 at 13:48
  • how about "ruin"? that's a good verb... – Steven A. Lowe Aug 4 '14 at 19:18

I have never encountered any such word. Just say "We can turn Module Foo into a plugin" or "We can wrap Module Foo in a plugin".

If you're looking for documentation and examples on plugin systems you can start with searching for "plugin design".


I would say "extract," as in you pull the functionality of this module out of the main codebase and extract it into a plugin.


'Make pluggable' is the shortest it can get without inventing new words. Judging by latest Visual Studio and Chrome versions an 'extension' is a more fashionable word these days. Since the hardest bit is supporting plug-ins rather than writing a plug-in, searching for 'extensible architecture' would make more sense. 'Packages' and 'package management' are another trending pair of concepts of the day.

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