The plugin.json file is mandatory for all plugins. When Grafana starts it will scan the plugin folders and mount every folder that contains a plugin.json file unless the folder contains a subfolder named dist. In that case grafana will mount the dist folder instead.

Plugin JSON Schema

Property Description
id unique name of the plugin - conventions described in styleguide
type panel/datasource/app
name Human readable name of the plugin
info.description Description of plugin. Used for searching plugins
info.keywords plugin keywords. Used for search on grafana net
info.logos link to project logos
info.version project version of this commit. Must be semver
dependencies.grafanaVersion Required grafana backend version for this plugin
dependencies.plugins required plugins for this plugin.