In order to keep the user experience consistent throughout the Elgato ecosystem, we have created some guidelines for Stream Deck plugins to follow.
The name of the plugin should accurately represent the plugins functionality. "Plugin" or "Stream Deck" should not be included in the plugin's name.
Action images should be a single color
#EFEFEF with a transparent background. Category images should be a single color
#DFDFDF with a transparent background.
rgb(239, 239, 239)
rgb(223, 223, 223)
All rasterized images in Stream Deck should have a high-resolution and low-resolution version. The high-res version will have the suffix
firstname.lastname@example.org. Stream Deck will automatically determine if the high resolution assets should be loaded based on the users screen resolution.
|20x20 px||40x40 px|
|28x28 px||56x56 px|
|72x72 px||144x144 px|
|200x100 px||400x200 px|
The category should accurately represent the actions in the plugin.
The action name should accurately describe what the action does.
Actions should use state to toggle a status rather than provide separate actions e.g. a single
On/Off action, rather than separate
Consider combining similar actions and providing configuration through the property inspector to reduce the size of the actions list.
Be sure to use the showAlert and showOk messages to let the user know if their key action was successful (see the documentation).
The property inspector should use controls featured in the PISamples Plugin. You can find more information about the property inspector here.
If your actions share a property inspector, controls should be hidden by default using
We encourage reducing the complexity of property inspector settings as much as possible. There are a few ways to simplify your plugin's property inspector.
Split the Action
Consider splitting the action into multiple actions in a way that could reduce the number of settings.
Consider splitting the settings into required/basic settings and advanced settings that could be hidden in a details view (See the PISamples Plugin).
If there are still a lot of settings required for the action, consider using an external window. This can also be useful when setting keys or tokens that may only be set one time or should not always remain visible. (See the PISamples Plugin)
Choose the Right Control
Different form controls provide a better user experience for different types of information.
Radio buttons are ideal for picking between two or three options, but can be overwhelming for many options. For scenarios with more than 3 options consider using a select dropdown instead.
Select Option Groups
For select dropdowns with many options consider adding option groups if there are potential categories
For select dropdowns with many options, consider adding another control to filter the number of options.
The file picker should be used when selecting files (See the PISamples Plugin).
Text and Links
Large amounts of text including tutorials should be removed or transitioned to external windows. Links to support pages that can be included in the store listing should not be included in the property inspector.
Stream Deck's store displays preview images for your plugin. These images can should be included inside a
previews folder inside of the plugin and can contain the user interface, helpful infographics, or marketing materials.
- Quantity: 1-3 images named sequentially (1-preview.png, 2-preview.png, etc.)
- Size: 1280px by 640px
- Format: PNG
- Content: Non-transparent