Installing a plugin

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Plugins are usually packaged and distributed in .zip archives, so you will need a program such as 7-Zip to open and extract their contents.

Installation

  1. Open the zip archive.
  2. Navigate to and open the folder where Miranda is installed.
  3. Extract the .dll file from the archive into the Plugins folder.
  4. Restart Miranda.
  5. Check in Main Menu->Options->Plugins to confirm the plugin is installed and running.

Tips

  1. Some zip archives already contain Plugins, Docs and other folders. In this case it's recommended to extract the zip to Miranda folder. Maintaining correct folder structure may be required by the plugin.
  2. Some plugins require additonal configuration after installation, so look for a README file contained in the ZIP archive for details.

Troubleshooting

  • If you see only .h, .c or .cpp files instead of .dll, you have accidentally downloaded the plugin source code. Head back to the plugin page on the File listing and click the 'Download' link, not the 'Source code' link.
  • If plugin is not recognized or active, check that the .dll is in the Plugins folder and you are not using a Unicode plugin with an ANSI version of Miranda IM. Some plugins have only one version which may or may not work with both core versions.
  • If plugin shows %s and %d or other unreadable symbols, check that you are not using a Unicode plugin with an ANSI version of Miranda IM or vice versa. Some plugins have only one version which may or may not work with both core versions. Old plugins can also be incompatible with newer versions of Miranda. Check the plugin minimum requirements on the File listing.