Minecraft Spigot

Minecraft Spigot briefly presented 

Spigot is a Minecraft API that runs both CraftBukkit and Spigot plug-ins. It is an optimized and enhanced version of CraftBukkit with significantly better performance. Minecraft Spigot allows a larger number of players on a server to have a smoother gaming experience than with the vanilla version but does not work with plug-ins for Paper (Spigot) or Sponge.

Basics, advantages and installation

Spigot is a programming interface that can be used to create and install plug-ins for modifying Minecraft servers. It is based on CraftBukkit, which was discontinued due to copyright issues, and in turn forms the basis for Paper (Spigot), an additionally optimized version. When installing plug-ins, you must make sure that they are intended either for Spigot itself or for CraftBukkit. Plug-ins for other APIs or APIs based on Spigot, such as SpongeForge or Paper, are not usable or may have limited usability.

What Spigot is good for

With Spigot you can use many different plug-ins, such as EssentialsX, FAWE or GriefPrevention, to significantly improve your gaming experience on Minecraft servers. It also offers many optimizations for your Minecraft server that improve performance, simplify administration and especially benefit servers with many active players. 

Spigot Features 

These are just a few features you get from Spigot: 

  • Increased TPS 
  • Optimized tick cycle, anti-xray as well as decay and chunk ticks 
  • Configurable values for vanilla messages (e.g. whitelist)
  • Automatic restart in case of a crash 
  • Improved crash detection as well as lags avoidance 
  • Asynchronous chunk compression 
  • Ability to disable TAB commands or configure sent chunk packets 
  • Configuration via console logging 
  • Proxy prevention 
  • Memory-reducing nibble arrays

How to install Spigot on a server 

For copyright reasons you have to compile the necessary Spigot.jar yourself. This is how to install Spigot on a server and make a lot of plug-ins usable:

  1. Install Java and Git.
  2. Load the current version of BuildTools.jar and place it in a new folder.
  3. Create a new text document with the editor and type “java -jar BuildTools.jar”. To compile Spigot.jar for a specific Minecraft version, append “- -rev [version number]”. So, for version 1.16.5 this would be:
    java -jar BuildTools.jar – -rev 1.16.5
  4. Save the text document under as “build.sh” in the same folder as the BuildTools.jar you just dropped.
  5. Now start build.sh and wait until your Spigot.jar is ready and the window closes.
  6. Now install the Spigot.jar as a mod on the server. You can find instructions for installing mods here.

Since Paper is a further optimized version of Spigot that offers better performance while also working with all Spigot plug-ins, a change is definitely worth considering. In any case, Spigot provides you with a good foundation for a smooth, well-managed multiplayer experience and we wish you a lot of fun with your Spigot Minecraft server.

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