Plug and play

support by computer device or bus for automatically discovering of components without manual configuration

Plug and play is the name for a number of technologies used in computing. Technologies that support plug and play allow to connect new devices to a computer. After a short while, these devices can simply be used. When they are no longer needed, they can be disconnected again. Plug and play does not require the user to load a specific device driver to access the device.[1][2]

USB supports plug and play
6-pin firewire plug. Firewire also supports Plug and play

Plug and play is used to refer to both the configuration of devices at boot time, as well as to system that support adding a device later on. Examples for systems that support plug and play are USB and Firewire.


  1. The PC Guide - Plug and Play
  2. "plug and play Definition". Archived from the original on 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2021-09-22.