I'm including the wordcount plugin to CKEditor in D8. I'm including some configuration (maxWordCount) through the configurable interface. The issue I'm having is that no matter what I return from getConfig there's no affect on the editor.

class WordCount extends CKEditorPluginBase implements CKEditorPluginContextualInterface {

  public function isEnabled(Editor $editor) {
    return TRUE;

  public function isInternal() {
    return FALSE;

  public function getFile() {
  return drupal_get_path('module', 'ckeditor_maxlength') . '/wordcount/plugin.js';

  public function getConfig(Editor $editor) {
  // just return a hardcoded maxWordCount.
    return [
      'maxWordCount' => 10,

  public function getButtons() {
  // No buttons needed.

To be clear the counter works as expected, but I don't seem to be able to override the default configuration.

Inside the core ckeditor module the getConfig function has this notation:

* @return array
*   A keyed array, whose keys will end up as keys under CKEDITOR.config.

When I inspect CKEditor.config in the console I don't see the configurations, and infact, the wordcount plugin is buried in CKEditor.plugins.externals.

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It turns out I was just formatting the array improperly. In order to return the configuration to my wordcount plugin I did this:

 return ['wordcount' => ['maxWordCount' => '10']];

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