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New TYPO3 Extension Repository launching

August 22, 2017

Category: CommunityDevelopment
Author: Thomas Löffler
Keywords: ter, extensions, launch, design

We are proud to announce a new TYPO3 Extension Repository (TER). We moved it from typo3.org to the new subdomain extensions.typo3.org. We are working to make sure it has the same functionality as before.

What changes for you?

First of all, you need to go to the new domain. We have set up redirects, so old links to extension detail pages and downloads are still working. You will miss some filters when searching for extensions. We removed it for the time being. There are no changes to how you manage your extensions. You can still upload your new version via SOAP and the website form.

LDAP login

With the launch of extensions.typo3.org, you are only able to log in if your user account is in LDAP. In case of problems (e.g. if you transferred an extension key to a non-existing user), please contact the typo3.org team.

Feedback

If you find issues or have suggestions for the new page, give us your feedback in GitLab. You can easily login with your typo3.org credentials.

The history and outlook of the TYPO3 Extension Repository

 

The TYPO3 Extension Repository (TER) mirrors the history of the TYPO3 project. How did it start, where is it now, what is future of the TER?

The past

The TYPO3 Extension Repository was the first app store. It was originally built by Kasper Skårhøj himself, back in 2003, and all extensions for free of course.

Over the years, the TER grew to nearly 10,000 extensions. During the last typo3.org relaunch, the TER received a new frontend. It was implemented in 2011, during the typo3.org relaunch week in Essen. The extension listing used a Solr index. It also got a nice GUI for extension key management. The new TYPO3 4.5 Extension Manager no longer included these features.

The present

The new TER has three goals:

  1. Keep all functionalities
  2. Use an up-to-date TYPO3 version
  3. Use a responsive design

When creating the new TER, we used the old extensions (one for the base functionality and one for the TER Frontend) but refactored them for TYPO3 v8 and PHP 7. Next, we reworked all the templates to be compatible with the new, Bootstrap 4-based design. We are also enjoying a new deployment workflow, using GitLab CI and Docker images.

The future

Apart from fixing bugs and design issues, we also will work on new features for the TER. You will be able to give feedback on every page of the new TER. Please use it. Over the next months, we plan to stabilize the TER and merge the two extensions into one. After this, we would like to build more upload options, adding to the website upload and SOAP. Many extension authors use these functions in their CI tools. Over the next two years, we will simplify the process, so an extension owner will only need to register an extension key and Git repository information. The TER will fetch the remaining information from the repository. When you create a new tag/release in this repository, TER will create a new TER version, too.

We also plan to:

  • Read out composer.json for more information
  • Provide "composer require <package>" commands for easy copy and paste
  • Show a chart with downloads by time instead of downloads by version
  • Improve the search to be more intuitive

Big thanks

There are plenty of people who should receive thanks, but they are too many to be named here.
I would like to thank all contributors from the typo3.org, server, and design teams, as well as all participants of the Design Contest for the input, time, and love given to this project.


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