Install a Plugin Server

Plugins are a way of modifying the base Vanilla Minecraft experience without having to modify the client. They add functionality to the game that can be accomplished using the blocks and items from the base game and only have to be installed on the server. The most popular of these are usually chunk-claiming/anti-griefing or command-adding plugins.


The Easy Way to Install a Plugin Server

The easiest way to install a plugin server is to use one of our Spigot or CraftBukkit installs.


The Easy Way To Change a Vanilla Server to a Plugin Server

To easily change to Spigot or CraftBukkit, click on Game Settings on the left of Command Center under the gear icon and choose it in the dropdown. Make sure you are choosing a version that matches your vanilla Minecraft server. For instance, if you have a 1.17 Minecraft server, make sure to choose a version of Spigot or CraftBukkit that contains 1.17 in the name. You'll need to then hit Install and then wait until it's done and hit Install a second time to reinstall the ports.

If you'd like to do something custom, or use a different plugin backbone, you can do so by following these directions:

Add a Custom Minecraft Server

  1. Login to Command Center.
  2. From the server list, on the side bar, click Create a Server.
  3. Choose the Custom Minecraft option, follow the directions, and install the server.
  4. This will take you back to the server list. Click the Manage button for the server you just created.

Upload the Plugin JAR

  1. Download CraftBukkit, Spigot, or any other plugin API you'd like to use. Make sure to download the .jar and not .exe.
  2. Find the FTP information by either clicking Show FTP Information or going to the gear icon menu and selecting FTP Information.
  3. Login to your server FTP.
  4. Upload the JAR to the FTP folder of the game.

Select the JAR

  1. From the server you created click the gear icon and then Game Settings.
  2. Under the Custom Executable/JAR section, select the JAR you uploaded.
  3. Click Install.
  4. Start your server.

Updating the APIs

When new releases come out and you want to run them, repeat the Upload the Plugin JAR and Select the JAR sections.