Plugins for Adobe Illustrator

I’m new to creating plugins. I create several scripts for Adobe Illustrator for personal use and would like to turn them into plugins. Everything I see is only for Photoshop and XD, can anyone help me with a step-by-step guide to start creating a plugin or extension for Illustrator? If this is in the wrong forum, I apologize.

Hi @marcosadriano2794,

You’ve stumbled into the “UXP” forums. UXP is a modern JavaScript extensibility platform.

Unfortunately, Illustrator has not yet adapted the UXP platform at the time of this writing (nor do they have plans for it in 2024 that I’m aware of). To develop a plugin for Illustrator (at the time of this writing) you’ll have to use CEP for a JavaScript environment… or alternately try the C++ SDKs.

This Getting Started Guide uses Photoshop examples but also applies to Illustrator: GitHub - Adobe-CEP/Getting-Started-guides: Getting Started guides and samples for CEP extensions

The full CEP documentation is here: CEP-Resources/CEP_11.x/Documentation/CEP 11.1 HTML Extension at master · Adobe-CEP/CEP-Resources · GitHub

If you’re interested in the C++ SDK for Illustrator, download the documentation here: … actually my link seems broken :astonished: In the Console you need to browse to “Downloads” and search for Illustrator:

Screenshot 2024-01-16 at 1.01.52 PM

Hi @Erin_Finnegan

Could you help me? In the documentation for creating my own extensions, it says that later it can be added through “Windows” > “Extensions” … but in “Extensions,” I only have “Libraries.”

I can’t figure out how to test my CEP extension locally before deploying it to Creative Cloud.

Have you enabled debug mode?