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Recommended Minecraft Plugins

Plugins Recommended by the MCProHosting Team!

Although there are recommended maximums for how many plugins you can run on each server plan, different plugins use different amounts of RAM. The more plugins you install, the less players your server will be able to handle without noticeable lag. If you find your server using all of its RAM, you may wish to consider upgrading your server here.

This list was updated 11/06/2018.  We cannot guarantee that these plugins will work on your server.

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Plugins Recommended for Every Minecraft Server:

If you’re new to Bukkit/Spigot, selecting plugins for the first time may be a tough task. To make things easier, we’ve picked out a few of our favorite plugins which can be found installed on just about every Bukkit server we host.


GroupManager: Permissions - This is your good old permissions plugin which also allows you to have ranks. (Although it is not available on BukGet, it is downloadable from the Essentials wiki(for 1.7 and below) and from Spigot(for 1.8+)!


PermissionsEx: Permissions - This plugin is a more updated permissions plugin which allows you to easily create ranks and setup permissions on your server. You should only have one permissions plugin so if you were to use PermissionsEx, you would not want to also use Group Manager.


Essentials: Miscellaneous Server Functionality - This plugin is packed with loads of commands and functionality such as: warps, tp’ing, spawn, homes, kits, banning/kicking, mob spawning, colored signs, and more! So you will definitely need this plugin no matter what server type you want. Availability: 1.7 and below.


EssentialsX: Miscellaneous Server Functionality - This is the Essentials plugin, updated for 1.8+ servers. The permissions and commands are identical. Availability: 1.8 - 1.13+.


WorldEdit: World Manipulation - It’s an easy-to-use in-game world editor for every server.  It has no impact on your server when not in use. Check out the World Edit wiki for more information. Availability: Any version. We recommend restricting WordEdit to trusted admins only and using plugins like FastASyncWorldEdit to restrict the rate at which blocks are changed to help reduce lag/crashing when making large WorldEdits.


WorldGuard: World Protection - is a powerful plugin providing all the little things (and some big ones), and it protects your servers from various problems. *Requires WorldEdit. Check out the WorldGuard wiki for more information. We recommend restricting WorldGuard to trusted admins only.


Vault: Common Dependency – it is a permissions, chat and economy API to give plugins easy hooks into these systems without needing to hook or depend on each individual plugin themselves. *Most plugins will need this.


ClearLagg: - Optimization - this plugin is useful for keeping excess entities cleared on your server to help reduce and clear server lag. This plugin can help with server performance.




 

Permissions: *You only need one.

- GroupManager - This is your good old permissions plugin which also allows you to have ranks. Per-world-permissions is one of its great aspects. (Although it is not available on Bukkit it is downloadable from the Essentials wiki and from Spigot(for 1.8+)! Availability:  Any version.

- PermissionsEx – This plugin is a more updated permissions plugin which allows you to easily create ranks and setup permissions on your server. This plugin is highly recommended on Prison servers for its ease of use with rankup plugins.  Availability: Any version.


Commands: *You only need one.

- Essentials - Essentials offers over 100 commands and features useful on just about every server. It has a built in economy features that makes this a useful plugin for any server. *requires Vault for economy and certain chat features. Availability: 1.0.1 - 1.7.9. For 1.8+ versions, use EssentialsX.


Partner Plugins:

- Tebex(formally known as BuyCraft) - Monetize your server through Tebex's comprehensive webstore where you can sell items, sell in-game permissions/commands, run commands on purchase, and more. *Requires Vault. Availability: Any version

- Enjin Plugin - This plugin is optional if you have an Enjin site and, when linked to your website, this plugin adds a lot of extra functionality to your Enjin site pertaining to that game. Enjin also includes a built-in webstore, allowing you to easily monetize your server and sell items, sell permissions, run commands on purchase, and more. *Requires Vault. Availability: Any version.


Economy: *You only need one.

- Essentials - It has a fully functional economy and shop system built into it. *requires Vault with other shop based plugins. Availability: 1.0.1 - 1.7.9. For 1.8+ versions, use EssentialsX.

- TheNewEconomy - An advanced economy plugin designed to give you full customizability of the currency on your server, from the currency's name to the prefixes of the currency. Includes MySQL support to store your money to a safer storage system. *Requires Vault. Availability: 1.7 - 1.13+.

- CraftConomy - It is is a simple, lightweight and yet very effective economy plugin. Includes MySQL support. *Requires Vault. Availability: 1.0.1 - 1.12.


World Editing and Management:

- WorldEdit – It’s an easy-to-use in-game world editor for every server.  It has no impact on your server when not in use.  Availability: Any version.

- FastASyncWorldEdit & VoxelSniper - An optimized version of WorldEdit and VoxelSniper, this plugin allows you to make large block changes on your server such as removing blocks or pasting a large build with minimum server lag/delay. If you find that regular WorldEdit is causing your server to crash(which is often a result of WorldEdit causing a server to run out of memory), we would recommend trying this plugin! Availability: 1.7 - 1.13+.

- Multiverse-Core - A complete world management solution.  It can create, remove, and manage your worlds including allowing you to flag regions with a large amount of different region flags such as TNT, mob-spawning, pvp, and more.  Availability: Any version.

- MultiWorld - The easy to use multiworld plugin. Very similar to Multiverse-Core, this plugin allows you to easily create, remove, and manage your worlds.  Availability: Any version.

- AreaShop - An advanced region management plugin that hooks into WorldGuard to allow users to buy, sell, and rent WorldGuard regions. *Requires Vault, an economy plugin, WorldEdit, and WorldGuard. Availability: Any version.  


Inventory Management:

- PerWorldInventory - This plugin allows you to easily setup per-world-inventories on your server. This includes support for sharing inventories, separate gamemode inventories, and bypassing the inventory sharing while being OP or while having specific permissions. Availability: 1.8 - 1.13+.

- MultiInv - MultiInv is a plugin that gives players a separate inventory for every different world running on the server. You can share inventories over chosen worlds and some players can be ignored entirely. Op players will bypass the per world inventories features unless disabled through the configuration. Availability: 1.0.1 – 1.12.2.


Shop:

- Essentials – It includes shop signs and command costs. Availability: 1.0.1 - 1.7.9. For 1.8+ versions, use EssentialsX.

- GUIShop - This plugin simply adds one command for your players; /shop. That command will open a clickable GUI with the shop on top and your inventory on the bottom. Availability: Any version. *Requires Vault & Economy plugin.

- ChestShop - A simple, yet very powerful system for making physical shops using signs and chests. Availability: Any version. *Requires Vault & Economy plugin.

- Shop -  This plugin allows you to setup shops through NPCs, signs, and even through commands. This plugin offers a vast amount of customizability to allow you to setup shops how you want them. Availability: 1.7 - 1.13+. *Requires Vault & an Economy plugin.


World Protection:

- WorldGuard - is a powerful plugin providing all the little things (and some big ones), and it protects your servers from various problems. *Requires WorldEdit. Availability: Any version.

- LockettePro - The sign-based container and door lock for Bukkit! *Requires Vault. Availability: 1.2.5 - 1.12.2.

- Essentials Protect - Core world protection, allowing you to block explosions, fire spread and other catastrophes! *Requires Essentials. Availability: 1.0.1 - 1.7.9. For 1.8+ versions, use EssentialsX.

- CoreProtect - CoreProtect is a fast, efficient, data logging and anti-griefing tool. Rollback and restore any amount of damage. It will record and manage data without impacting your server performance. Availability: Any version.

- LogBlock - LogBlock is a tool which allows you to keep track of almost everything on your server, while also giving you the ability to rollback (revert) or redo changes made by users. Additionally, LogBlock is able to log and rollback chest contents, sign text and more! *Requires MySQL database. Availability: 1.2.5 - 1.9. For 1.12+ versions, use dev builds.

- PreciousStones - This allows a player to place special blocks which are used to protect builds and stop griefing. There are even blocks for launch pads, proximity mines, and more! *Requires WorldEdit and WorldGuard. Availability:1.1 - 1.12.2. For 1.13+ versions, use dev builds.

- LWC - is the longest-lived single block protection plugin that protects both the block itself and the contents of Chests, Furnaces, and Dispensers. It can also protect any other blocks, and by default will also protect Doors (Wooden and Iron), Signs and Trap Doors.  Availability: Any version.

- GriefPrevention - Grief Prevention stops grief before it starts automatically without any effort from administrators, and with very little (self-service) effort from players. Availability: Any version.


Miscellaneous:

- Vault – it is a permissions, chat, & economy API to give plugins easy hooks into these systems without needing to hook or depend on each individual plugin themselves. *Most plugins will need this. Availability: Any version

- WorldBorder - This plugin is intended to efficiently provide a border for each of your worlds, which only people granted special bypass access are allowed beyond. These borders can be round/elliptic or square/rectangular.  Availability: Any version.

- ClearLagg - This plugin is useful for keeping excess entities cleared on your server to help reduce and clear server lag. This plugin can help with server performance.  Availability: Any version.

- DynMap - A web-based map for your Minecraft server that can be viewed in any browser. Availability: Any version.

- TabReborn – An advanced tab customization plugin which can add a header/footer, prefixes/suffixes, and includes full support for PlaceHolderAPI placeholders!  Availability: Any version.

- Citizens - Citizens is the original Bukkit NPC plugin, adding everything from simple NPCs that talk to lively, active Denizens, Sentries, Traders and more. Citizens contains a variety of toggleable characters and unlimited possibilities for expansion. Availability: 1.1 - 1.12.2. For 1.13+ builds, use dev builds.


Vote:

- Votifier - It is a plugin whose purpose is to get notified when a vote is made on a Minecraft server list for the server. This plugin will then send the vote to a vote reward plugin/listener and provide players with voting rewards. *Requires Vault & vote listener. Availability: Any version.

- GAListener - This plugin listens to voting events passed from Votifier and allows you to reward players with anything when they vote for your server.  *Requires Vault & Votifier.  Availability: 1.3.2 - 1.11.2.

- SuperbVote - A simple, easy-to-use vote listener plugin that still offers a high-level of vote reward customization! Availability: 1.8 - 1.13+.

- VotingPlugin - This plugin is an advanced vote listener plugin that is highly customizable and is updated to the latest versions of Minecraft! *Requires Vault & Votifier. Availability: 1.7 - 1.13+.


Anti-Cheat:

- Phoenix Anti-Cheat - An anti-cheat plugin designed to detect and block a large number of hacks on your server. This plugin is compatible with protocol-based plugins such as ViaVersion. Availability: 1.7 - 1.13+.

- NoCheatPlus - A comprehensive anti-cheat plugin that can be compatible with plugins like mcMMO. This plugin can detect hacked clients for things such as fly hacking, speed hacking, and a variety of other hacks. *Requires - CompatNoCheatPlus for support with mcMMO and other plugins. Availability: 1.2.5 - 1.12.2. 

- Orebfuscator - is a powerful anti-Xray plugin that can detect Xray users and hide blocks and chests from those players. Availability: 1.0.0 - 1.13+ *Requires ProtocolLib.


Bonus:

- SimplePets - This plugin allows you to add pets to your server which players can bring with them, ride, and even wear them. *Requires Vault. Availability: 1.8 - 1.13+.

- Lib's Disguises - This plugin will allow players to disguise themselves as mobs and animals. *Requires ProtocolLib. Availability: 1.11.2 - 1.12.2. For 1.13+, author requires purchasing plugin.

- BetterHats - You can put normal Minecraft blocks on your head as if they were helmets. Availability: 1.7 - 1.13+.

- iDisguise - iDisguise allows you to disguise as mob or as another player. Availability: 1.8 - 1.12.2. For 1.13+ builds, use this dev build.


Announcement:

- AnnouncementsEverywhere - An advanced broadcast plugin that adds support for actionbar broadcasts, regular broadcasts, and automatic broadcasts. Availability: 1.8 - 1.13+.

- ParrotAnnouncer - This announcer plugin allows you to easily setup announcements through a GUI. Announcements can be scheduled to broadcast at a specific time, and can even be setup to repeat multiple times! Supports PlaceHolderAPI placeholders. Availability: 1.8 - 1.13+.

- MessageAnnouncer - This plugin allows you to add announcements within the configuration and adjust the intervals of those messages. You can even change the order of how those messages are played! Supports PlaceHolderAPI placeholders. Availability: 1.8 - 1.13+.




Creative Plots Server:

- PlotSquared - PlotSquared has a simple install and config so you are ready from the get-go, however, if you want to be more complex with your server you can use SimpleRegionMarket to create plots for users which they can buy and sell. Availability: 1.7 - 1.12.2. 


PVP-Raiding Server:

- Factions - This plugin allows you to create your own faction. The more followers a faction has the more land the faction can claim. The risk for griefing is low in claimed land since only the faction followers can build there.  *Requires Vault & MassiveCore.  Availability: 1.1 - 1.12.2.

- FactionsOne - This plugin is based on Factions version 1.8.2 and allows for the use of older Factions commands/features that were updated, changed, or removed in the latest Factions 2.X updates. Availability: 1.7 - 1.13+.

- Clans - This plugin will allow you to create and join clans.  It has a large variety of features. *Requires Vault. Availability: 1.7 - 1.12.2.

- CombatLogX - Helps make combat fair and stop cheaters who “combat log”. This plugin is highly configurable and adds support for many other plugins. Availability: 1.7 - 1.12.2.

- PvPControl - An easy-to-use plugin that allows you to customize many different aspects of pvp. This includes pvp logging, flying while in pvp, teleporting while in pvp, and more! Availability: 1.9 - 1.13+.

- MobHunting - Great plugin for putting bounties on peoples heads, allows for player pick-pocketing, player head rewards, and more. *Requires Vault & Economy plugin. Availability: 1.7 - 1.13+.


Minigames Server:

- MiniGames - This plugin has it all! It includes the ability to create: Jump Puzzles, Mazes, Last Man Standing, Race, Team Deathmatch, Deathmatch, Spleef, Treasure Hunts, CTF, Infection and more! *Requires Vault & Economy plugin. Availability: 1.2.5 - 1.12. For 1.13+ builds, use dev builds.

- VillagerDefense - Protect villagers from hoards of undead zombies. Fight to survive! Availability: 1.11 - 1.13+.

Mob Arena - If you enjoy fighting monsters for glorious prizes or just the sheer thrill of battle, you and your friends can now join forces against hordes of Minecraft evils in the exciting gladiator-style survival mini-game.  *Requires Vault. Availability: 1.2.5 - 1.13+.

- BuildBattle - Compete with your friends in a battle of building to see who is the best! Availability: 1.9 - 1.13+.

- uSkyblock - Survive on a small island in mid-air alone or with friends as you try to survive with minimum resources. Availability: 1.8 - 1.13.

- ASkyBlock - This plugin will allow you and your friends to play Skyblock. This plugin includes challenges and co-op features along with the ability to setup your own schematics as islands! *Requires Vault & Economy plugin. Availability: 1.7 - 1.12.2.


Spleef: *You only need one.

- HeavySpleef - This provides an easy to use plugin to setup your own, professional spleef games. Availability: 1.7 - 1.11.2.

- Splegg/Spleef - This plugin adds the ability to create splegg and spleef arenas to your server! *Requires MinigamesLib. Availability: 1.8 - 1.12.2.


Survival Games: *You only need one.

- Ultimate Survival Games- Ultimate SurvivalGames is a fully configurable plugin, that allow players to play full automaticly survival games! The plugin is very customizable and can be set up different on each server! *Requires WorldEdit Availability: 1.7 - 1.10

- Survival Games - A Survival Games plugin that is fantastic for servers that want the basics without too many configuration options. *Requires WorldEdit. Availability 1.8 - 1.12.2.


RPG Server:

- mcMMO - It adds fourteen unique skills to train and level in. Each of these skills is highly customizable through our configuration files, allowing server admins to tweak mcMMO to best suit the needs of his or her server. Availability: 1.0 - 1.13+.

- Quests - This plugin allows you to create your own epic quests and adventures using in-game editors, NPCs, custom rewards, and more! *Requires Vault & Economy plugin. NPCs require Citizens. Availability: 1.7 - 1.12.2. For 1.13+ builds, use dev builds.

Citizens - Citizens is the original Bukkit NPC plugin, adding everything from simple NPCs that talk to lively, active Denizens, Sentries, Traders and more. Citizens contains a variety of toggleable characters and unlimited possibilities for expansion. Availability: 1.1 - 1.12.2. For 1.13+ builds, use dev builds.

- Towny - Towny offers solutions for pvp, griefing, chat, inflated economies and monsters to Minecraft server admins. Towny allows players to work together and against each other as they see fit. Availability: 1.5.2 - 1.13+.


Prison:

- Rankup - A simple, lightweight plugin, allowing your players to pay to switch ranks on a predetermined track. You can configure a different track of ranks by which your players can progress on, and define a price for each rank. *Requires Vault, an economy plugin, and a permissions plugin. Availability: 1.7 - 1.13+.

- LumberJack - This plugin allows you to modify the gravity of logs on trees, allowing logs to behave like sand and fall. Availability: 1.13 - 1.13+.

- Prison - All in one Prison plugin to power your Prison Server. Includes custom built-in rank system, mine resetting, auto-smelting and auto-blocking. Availability: 1.7.2 - 1.12.2.

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