What is the Minecraft mod Craftbukkit?
CraftBukkit is a Minecraft server mod that modifies the server (then called Bukkit server) to add Bukkit plugins. CraftBukkit is also the basis for the alternatives Spigot and Paper.
What is Bukkit?
Bukkit is a server modification project (short API, Application Programming Interface) and therefore a tool. With this API you can write plug-ins, which can then be integrated on CraftBukkit servers. This allows you to include numerous plug-ins that enable changes to gameplay and server management.
In addition to the Craftbukkit version, there is also the Spigot version. Spigot is an improved alternative software to Craftbukkit and it is also called a Bukkit server.
Craftbukkit Build Tools
CraftBukkit itself is a modified version of the “raw” vanilla version of Minecraft. However, to have access to CraftBukkit, you need so-called Build Tools to assemble the mod. Here you can find the CraftBukkit and Spigot Build Tools.
Installation of Craftbukkit
To install Craftbukkit on your PC, you first need two files: The “craftbukkit.jar” file and a “.bat” file. The latter starts the “craftbukkit.jar” file.
- Take the craftbukkit file, move it to a folder and rename it to “craftbukkit.jar”.
- Open a text editor and write the following:
java -Xmx1024M -jar craftbukkit.jar -o true
- Now save this file in “.bat” format (not as “.txt”!)
- Now click on the “.bat” file. The server will be started. You can stop it with the “stop” command.
Addition: To connect to your home server, go to the Minecraft menu and then to Add Server. Now enter “localhost” as IP.
From Craftbukkit to Spigot
Spigot is a further improved, highly optimized version of CraftBukkit. Due to a license conflict, the Spigot team continues all updates (to new Minecraft versions) and developments of Bukkit and CraftBukkit. Due to the same license conflict, you have to compile both CraftBukkit and Spigot yourself (Build Tools). The Bukkit team itself has disbanded, so the Spigot team has taken over software development. Meanwhile, the Bukkit website is managed by the online games portal Curse. No development takes place there, but the forum is still maintained. In the meantime, there is also an additionally optimized further development of Spigot called Paper, which runs all Spigot and CraftBukkit plug-ins.