All plugins supplied by Sonatype are installed as part of the default
configuration and can be found in
$NEXUS_HOME/nexus/WEB-INF/plugin-repository. Most plugins are
enabled by default.
Some plugins expose a capability as documented in Section 6.6, “Accessing and Configuring Capabilities” and can be enabled, disabled, and otherwise configured in the capability administration. The branding plugin or the outreach plugin are examples of plugins exposing capabilities.
Prior to Nexus 2.7 optional plugins, supplied by Sonatype, can be
found in the directory
Plugins supplied by third parties or ones that you authored are
installed by copying the folder with the plugin code into
sonatype-work/nexus/plugin-repository or extracting the plugin
bundle zip file in that folder.
After a restart of Nexus, the new plugins will be active and ready to use. Upgrades are done by shutting down Nexus, copying the newer plugin into the folder, removing the older one, and restarting Nexus.
Capability-based plugins can be disabled in the capability
administration. Otherwise, plugins can be removed by deleting the
respective folder in the
plugin-repository and restarting Nexus.