5 Must-Have Bukkit Plugins For Your Minecraft Server

Craig Snyder 10-01-2012

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One thing that is going to be changing, though, is my vantage point. No longer will I be telling you how to install cool little modifications to your Minecraft client. This time, I’m showing you how to install plugins when you get your very own server up and running through Bukkit. Straight from Minecraft’s wiki, Bukkit is described as “the name of a set of community-built, open source tools envisioned and developed to ease the creation of SMP plugins.” It is a little bit like the ModLoader of SMP features.

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Essentials is, well… essential.

plugins released for bukkit

As teased at above, Essentials adds more than 100 very efficient and important commands and permissions to your SMP server. God mode, heal, repair, pay, worth, AFK, spawnmob, tempban, and teleport are just a few. This plugin should (and maybe will?) be built directly into the Minecraft release. Some of these commands are too important and integral to the growth of a server that I can’t possibly see how they were overlooked and left out. The Essentials package comes in several modules, such as EssentialsSpawn, EssentialsProtect, EssentialsChat, etc. Essentials contributes to the functionality of just about every part of a server.


NoCheat [No Longer Available]

If you run a server without NoCheat and it manages to make its way onto Planet Minecraft, good luck. Ever since I’ve started to manage my own server, I’ve been completely stunned and disgusted by just how many people use a hack or modded client. NoCheat will alert you whenever this activity is detected.

plugins released for bukkit

NoCheat thwarts hacks that are very difficult to see with a trained eye. I expected lots of false positives and poor feedback, but this thing works beautifully. Never again will another player speed, fly, or use complicated PvP hacks on your server without you knowing.

Orebfuscator [No Longer Available]

While this should have really been built into NoCheat, it is definitely a great and important plugin to any server that values its economy. What Orebfuscator basically does is disable true “x-ray” hacks on your server. Players won’t be able to mine right down to diamond anymore.


plugins released for bukkit

As shown in that official plugin screenshot, Orebfuscator obfuscates the many important ore blocks of Minecraft so that even users who have modified clients that allow “x-raying” won’t be able to put their beady eyes on the goods. While people do complain that it’s heavy and adds a little lag to the server, I can’t imagine playing without it.

Multiverse [No Longer Available]

Multiverse is the one and only true solution to managing your multi-world server. This thing has got everything:

  • Create worlds from seeds or generators.
  • Set your game mode per world.
  • Restrict users from going to worlds using permissions.
  • Restrict animals, monsters, and other spawns per world.

Many, many more features are packed into this beautiful bukkit plugin.


5 Must-Have Bukkit Plugins For Your Minecraft Server multiverse

This plugin is a little heavy on resources so I’d really only suggest you get going with it if you definitely need a second world!

WorldEdit [No Longer Available]

WorldEdit practically turns your cursor into a virtual paintbrush where the Minecraft world is your canvas. We all know about creative mode, but this takes things to a whole different level.

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You can smooth an entire mountain in seconds. You can copy and paste areas into another location. You can select one chunk radius and have it restored from a backup. You can automatically generate any of the Minecraft biomes. There’s a whole lot in this plugin and even though it cuts down building time tenfold, it’ll still manage to keep you busy for hours!

I can think of plenty more bukkit plugins that are quality mentions, but let’s keep the list short. How about you? I’d like to hear about your favorites in the comments. Oh, and check out our Minecraft overview Create, Survive & Fight In The Online Game Minecraft Read More if you haven’t!

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  1. EtaiKol
    June 18, 2016 at 8:50 am

    I would remove oreb pluging from this list and replace with worldguard, its just wayyy more important

  2. Bri
    November 21, 2015 at 4:57 am

    PEX is a great replacement for essentials

  3. Willow
    November 20, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Is there anything other than Essentials because Essentials isn't working. ;)

  4. Jake
    May 23, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Login Security is TOTALLY needed.Or everyone will try to hack ur server

  5. Daniel
    June 16, 2012 at 12:07 am

    is there any other plugins

    • James
      June 16, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Go to your favorite server and type /plugins write them down and find out how they are used on that server.

  6. Gabric
    June 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Thats only 4 plugins......

    • Aulden
      June 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm

      No, there is essentials, NoCheat, Orebfuscator, multiverse, and worldedit, thats five. Anyways I agree these are all great plugins for a server

      • Bri
        November 21, 2015 at 4:59 am

        I agree

  7. kalob
    June 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Why wasn't WorldGuard included in this? :'(

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  9. Kamprath445
    January 10, 2012 at 5:11 am

    I like seeing Minecraft articles, especially articles concerning multiplayer, as I run a server myself. Great post, I use three of them myself, and they are all excellent.

  10. TechPlasma
    January 10, 2012 at 2:46 am

    whats your server ip

    • Craig Snyder
      January 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      You can connect to:

      Nothing special here: Survival, Factions and mcMMO with hardcore PvP. It's meant to be a server that players come log on to and get involved in play within the first couple of minutes.

      A little more info here: