Extending Idem

Extending Idem is simple, but it does require a few steps. To extend Idem you need to create a new Idem plugin project using POP. Now don’t run away, this has been designed to be easy!

What is POP?

You don’t need to understand the inner workings of Plugin Oriented Programming or pop to extend Idem, just think about it as a system for writing and managing plugins. Idem is all about plugins!

If you want to learn more about the details of POP, take a look at the docs. It is powerful stuff and might change how you program forever: https://pop.readthedocs.io

Lets Get Down to Business

Start by installing idem:

pip install idem

This will download and install both idem and pop. Now you can start your project by calling pop-seed to make the structure you need:

pop-seed idem_tester -t v -d exec states

By passing -t v to pop-seed we are telling pop-seed that this is a Vertical App Merge project. By passing -d exec states we are asking pop-seed to add the 2 dynamic names exec and states to the project.

This will create a new project called idem_tester with everything you need to get the ball rolling.

Making Your First Idem State

In your new project there will be a directory called idem_tester/states, in this directory add a file called trial.py:

async def run(hub, ctx, name):
    Do a simple trial run
    return {
        'name': name,
        'result': True,
        'changes': {},
        'comment': 'It Ran!',

For idem to run, states functions need to return a python dict that has 4 fields, name, result, changes, and comment. These fields are used by Idem to not only expose data to the user, but also to track the internal execution of the system.

Next install your new project. For idem to be able to use it your project, it needs to be in the python path. There are a lot of convenient ways to manage the installation and deployment of POP projects, but for now we can just use good old pip:

pip install -e <path to your project root>

Now you can execute a state with idem. As you will see, pop and idem are all about hierarchical code. Idem runs code out of a directory, you need to point idem to a directory that contains sls files. Go ahead and cd to another directory and make a new sls directory.

mkdir try
cd try

Now open a file called try.sls:

try something:

Now from that directory run idem:

idem --sls try

And you will see the results from running your trial.run state!