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How to install Minecraft Plugins

Last modified on 12 February 2024 in Plugins and modification
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Valeriy Stereo

Valeriy Stereo

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Spigot Plugins

IMPORTANT

This guide is for Bukkit/Spigot/Paper servers. If you are looking for instructions on how to install plugins on a BungeeCord/Waterfall or Velocity proxy, please see this guide

The Basics

Requirements

In order to run plugins on your server, you have to be using a fork of Bukkit. (such as Spigot, Paper, Pupur, Pufferfish, etc. See our !

What are plugins?

Plugins can be seen as addons which make changes to your Minecraft server. These changes can be as small as adding a simple info command or as large as a complete minigame.

Install plugins in one click with Goldlike Panel

Make sure you loged in to Game Panel and select your server. Go to Plugins menu under Minecraft Manegement. There you can select type of server (jar).

And easily click on Install. Done, you are awesome!

Remember that most plugins will require you to restart your server before they take effect.

Warning

Make sure you trust the source of your plugin. Plugins have high-level access to your server. Do not attempt to use plugins from leak websites or similar. In some cases malicious plugins may even corrupt other plugins installed on your server or your world.

Installing Plugins

  1. You'll first need to find the plugin you wish to install. Downloads can be found on a variety of sites. Common places are spigotmc.org or the bukkit.org website.
  2. In any case, save the plugin to your local machine. Plugins can either be uploaded via the . If you're uploading in bulk, go with the latter.
  3. In your server's root directory, locate the plugins folder, if it's not there then create a new directory named plugins. Navigate into this folder, and upload your plugin's file there!
  4. Most plugins will require you to restart your server before they take effect.

Once the server is online, type plugins in your console. If you are able to see the freshly installed plugin's name in green, you're good to go! If not, see what to do below.

What To Do If A Plugin Doesn't Load

In case you can't seem to be able to install a plugin properly, be sure to do these steps before asking for help.

  1. Check if the plugin has any dependencies: In a lot of cases, plugins require other plugins to run. These should be listed on the website you got the plugin from. Simply download and install them the same way.
  2. Check for additional settings: In some cases plugins require additional configuration before they can be loaded properly.
  3. Check for the plugin's version: Even though most plugins after 1.13+ should be compatible with newer versions, this may not be the case with more sophisticated plugins. Be sure to check whether the plugin officially supports your Minecraft versions.
  4. Check your startup logs: You should also check the startup logs as this can usually give you a hint to what’s wrong and causing a particular plugin to not start up properly.

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