PluginInspector is a free Windows console application that scans a specified folder (provided as an argument) and its subfolders recursively to find Steinberg Cubase or Nuendo project files. It collects all used VST plugins from these project files and checks whether they are installed on the system. The results are saved in an XLSX file that contains two worksheets. The first worksheet, named “Projects,” contains project/plugin relations, while the second worksheet, named “Plugins,” contains plugin/project relations.
How does it work?
The application automatically detects your DAW by checking the Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Steinberg\ folder and its subfolders in the following order: Cubase 12_64, Nuendo 12_64, Cubase 11_64, Nuendo 11_64, Cubase 10.5_64, Nuendo 10.5_64, and so on. The first hit will be used. If you’re using more than one DAW version, you can specify a DAW config path as a second command-line argument. The first command-line argument is your projects folder.
Example command line usage:
PluginInspector.exe “E:\my Cubase projects” “c:\Users\myUserName\AppData\Roaming\Steinberg\Cubase 11_64”
The plugin information is read from the following DAW config files:
Installed VST3 plugin details:
Cubase Pro VST3 Cache/vst3plugins.xml or Nuendo VST3 Cache/vst3plugins.xml
Installed VST2 plugin details:
Vst2xPlugin Infos Cubase.xml or Vst2xPlugin Infos Nuendo.xml
Installed shell or wrapper VST plugins without details (like Waves plugins):
For best results, first rename the VstPlugInfoV4.xml or VstPlugInfoV3.xml files to something like VstPlugInfoV4.bak or VstPlugInfoV3.bak, because Cubase/Nuendo never maintain these files, so they could still hold data for plugins that have been deleted. An up-to-date XML file will be created when the DAW is next started.
Secondly, rescan your plugins from Cubase or Nuendo’s “Studio\VST Plug-in Manager” to refresh the VST3 and VST2 plugin info files.
After that, you can launch the command-line application.
For easier visibility, Steinberg plugins filtered out from the report.
There are four color codes in the XLSX:
Blue: installed VST3 plugin Green: installed VST2 plugin Yellow: installed VST plugin (only the plugin name can be extracted from the Cubase/Nuendo project file) Red: missing VST plugin
Requirements: MS Visual C++ x64 Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2022.
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