Creating a Plugin
To create a new plugin you can whatever build systen / toolchain you would like, as long as the output is compatible with x86-64 architecture and with __fastcall calling convention.
Some examples you can use one of the following:
You can use one of the following project as a starter for your own plugin (all of the projects below are already configured for RED4ext plugin development):
After you decide what build systen or toolchain you would like to use make sure to add RED4ext.SDK to project's include paths. This dependency is necessary since it provides the API that RED4ext is using to load the plugin, as well as the game's structures that you might need.
Your mod should export few functions in order to be loaded correctly (see below which functions needs to be exported), to export a function from C/C++ you can use RED4ext's helpers, RED4EXT_C_EXPORT (equivalent of extern "C" __declspec(dllexport)) and RED4EXT_CALL (equivalent of __fastcall).
Good to know: You must place your plugin in <game_directory>/red4ext/plugins or in a sub-directory (e.g. <game_directory>/red4ext/plugins/<your_plugin's_name>).
If your plugin needs to load other dynamic libraries (DLLs) you can place them in the same folder where your plugin is located.

Exported functions

Supports

Specify the API version of the plugin.

Return

Returns the support API version supported by your plugins.
To support the latest version, return RED4EXT_API_VERSION_LATEST.
To support a specific version, return RED4EXT_API_VERSION_<VERSION>, e.g. RED4EXT_API_VERSION_0.

Query

This function is used to fill your plugin information, like name, author, supported game version, etc..

Parameters

  • RED4ext::PluginInfo* - The pointer to the structure that contains information about your plugin.
Do not do anything in this function yet (like creating a hook or allocating a trampoline).
Runtime version is the game's version that your plugins support, if your plugin has runtime set to 1.21 your plugin will be loaded only if the game's version is 1.21, else it would not be loaded. It is recommended to set it to RED4EXT_RUNTIME_LATEST to target the latest game's version that the SDK defined.
If you want to use RED4ext only as a loader and you do not care about game's version use RED4EXT_RUNTIME_INDEPENDENT.

Main

The entry-point of the plugin. This equivalent of DllMain except that it is called after RED4ext make sure that your plugin is compatible with the game's version.
Here you can attach hooks and register RTTI types.

Parameters

  • RED4ext::PluginHandle - The unique identifier of the plugin.
  • RED4ext::EMainReason - The reason why the main is called.
  • RED4ext::Sdk* - The pointer to the SDK structure.

Return

  • false - if the plugin did not initialize properly.
  • true - if the plugin initalized properly.

Remarks

If the entry-point function returns false following a Load notification, it receives an Unload notification and the plugin is unloaded immediately. However, if the Load code throws an exception, the entry-point function will not receive the Unload notification.

Example

#include <RED4ext/RED4ext.hpp>
​
RED4EXT_C_EXPORT bool RED4EXT_CALL Main(RED4ext::PluginHandle aHandle, RED4ext::EMainReason aReason, const RED4ext::Sdk* aSdk)
{
switch (aReason)
{
case RED4ext::EMainReason::Load:
{
// Attach hooks, register RTTI types, add custom states or initalize your application.
// DO NOT try to access the game's memory at this point, it is not initalized yet.
break;
}
case RED4ext::EMainReason::Unload:
{
// Free memory, detach hooks.
// The game's memory is already freed, to not try to do anything with it.
break;
}
}
​
return true;
}
​
RED4EXT_C_EXPORT void RED4EXT_CALL Query(RED4ext::PluginInfo* aInfo)
{
aInfo->name = L"Plugin's name";
aInfo->author = L"Author's name";
aInfo->version = RED4EXT_SEMVER(1, 0, 0); // Set your version here.
aInfo->runtime = RED4EXT_RUNTIME_LATEST;
aInfo->sdk = RED4EXT_SDK_LATEST;
}
​
RED4EXT_C_EXPORT uint32_t RED4EXT_CALL Supports()
{
return RED4EXT_API_VERSION_LATEST;
}
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