Introduction - Choose a Panel Type

Desktop Sidebar provides a rich plugin API that enables you to create plugins that will be loaded and displayed as panels inside Desktop Sidebar. There are two main types of Desktop Sidebar panels you may create, each having its own advantages and shortcomings. For most panels' needs, script panels are the recommended option because they are easier to create and maintain.
Once you choose the type of panel you would like to create, please start reading the guides for this panel type.
Start with the Creating a Panel guide - Script Panels, Compiled Panels.