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Extensions officially hosted on

The general recommendation is for Extensions to be hosted on personal repositories on or external host services.

In some cases, however, these extensions can be hosted on official repositories:

  • Extensions which are mostly maintained by Blender developers.
  • Extensions which are popular but have no active maintainer at the moment (e.g., some of the add-ons bundled with Blender until the version 4.1).

All of those extensions will be hosted on Each extension should have its own repository and issue tracker.

Create a new repository

  • Create a new repository on
  • It is recommended for the repository to have the main branch protected, with "Enable Push".
  • The add-on maintainers need to be added as Collaborators for the repository.

Migrate from the add-ons repository

In some cases add-ons need to be extracted from a repository where other add-ons were also developed. The following steps show how to do so while preserving the git log history.

Get a fresh copy of the add-ons

git clone
cd blender-addons


Some of the commands here may ruin your existing repository. Work with a new copy of the repository to avoid any troubles.

Create a new branch only with the folder you want

The command is:

git subtree split -P <source_folder> -b <target_branch>

Let's for example create a new repository for the io_shape_mdd add-on.

git subtree split -P io_shape_mdd -b io_shape_mdd_new

In this example it will copy:




The new branch (io_shape_mdd_new) will have its original git history preserved.


If you want to keep the files under the same subfolder, use git filter-repo instead:

git checkout -b io_shape_mdd_new
git filter-repo --path io_shape_mdd

Single file add-ons

For add-ons that only contain a single file you need to use git filter-repo.

git checkout -b depsgraph
git filter-repo --path-rename

This will create a new branch (depsgraph) with a single file, containing all the git history from the original file ( Extension add-ons always require a

Alternatively you can just get the file:

git checkout -b depsgraph
git filter-repo --path

And create a file later to load your extension. That's beyond the scope of this guide though.

Push the repository online:

First you need to make sure you have access to the repository.

git remote add io_shape_mdd.git [email protected]:extensions/io_shape_mdd.git
git push -u io_shape_mdd.git io_shape_mdd_new:main

Publishing extensions

Now that the .git history is clear and the extension can be developed further, you can start making an extension. To convert an add-on into an extension follow those steps.

Upload the extension

Upload the extension to If you need multiple contributors to co-maintain the extension on the platform please contact a moderator on #extensions-moderators.

After you upload the extension, remember to use the repository own issue tracker as the support URL on the Extensions Platform website.