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Essentials offers over 100 commands useful on just about every Minecraft server, from kits to mob spawning.

Essentials is the de-facto standard set up for Minecraft servers. From small servers running on on desktops, VPS hosts and dedicated Minecraft services.
Essentials is one of the most popular Bukkit plugins ever made, and runs on everything from small one person home hosted Windows servers, to huge 500+ slot dedicated Linux community servers.



1 January 2016

Future Update: While Sponge is still looking to be the best contender for the next iteration of Minecraft server hosting, I've been thus far unable to put together a team with the commitment and time to rewrite Essentials for Sponge.
In the meantime a number of projects have come out for Sponge with the goal of filling the gap left by Essentials, meaning it isn't as important to port Essentials to Sponge.
While the project is not dead yet, and I still hope for a possible resurrection, I wish the best of luck to the new 'Essentials' projects.


24 July 2015

Alternative Projects: EssentialsX
Since the official end of the Essentials for Bukkit project, drtshock and his team have taken up the mantel of keeping Essentials alive.
The details of this project can be found here:


25 October 2014

Future Plans: After looking through the alternatives, I'm convinced the best way forward for the Minecraft server community is to embrace Sponge.
While I don't have the time to work on the project myself, I'm hoping to be able to put together a team to work on Essentials for Sponge, when Sponge comes closer to being feature complete.
This won't be for some time, as Sponge has got a lot of work to catch up on, to get back to the same coverage as Bukkit, but ultimately, due to native mod support, I think we will be much better off than we were on the Bukkit platform.

6 September 2014

Project Update: The FINAL version of Essentials for Bukkit has been released.
Essentials will not be updating for 1.8, 1.9 or future Spigot releases.
Due to recent changes in my available free time (I'm working long hours at work), and the recommendation of my legal council regarding the Bukkit DMCA situation, I will not be updating the Essentials for Bukkit project going forward. Essentials is however an open source project so I'm sure there will be many forks of this project going forward.


15 July 2013

New Stuff: Horse support in /spawnmob including types, colours and armor.
Cool Changes: Allows placing of premade spawners (/i spawner:50), Add {TEAMPREFIX} {TEAMSUFFIX} and {TEAMNAME} to chat formatting.
Syntax Changes: Worth now supports sell syntax: /worth [hand/[item]/all] [amount]
New permissions: essentials.spawnerconvert.[mobname]

5 June 2013

New Stuff: Withdrawing or breaking trade signs will not drop items on the ground.
Cool Changes: Admins can now use most commands on vanished players.
Syntax Changes: Mobs armor support: /spawnmob (skeleton/zombie/pigzombie):(diamond/iron/gold)armor

5 May 2013

New Stuff: Keyword/smart-tag support in kits
Cool Changes: Added support for /socialspy [player], /kit will now show costs delay status beside kit names
New permissions: essentials.spawnmob.stack essentials.kill.exempt
New commands: /pweather: modify 'personal' weather

5 April 2013

New Stuff: Full potion meta support, /list formatting upgrade
Cool Changes: Per item meta and per potion effect permissions, unlimited mob stacking in /spawnmob.
New permissions: essentials.enchantments.[enchant] essentials.potions.[effect] essentials.speed.(fly/walk) essentials.vanish.interact

6 March 2013

New Stuff: /seen <ip address>.
Cool Changes: Added /essentials cleanup [days] [money] [homes] [bans] to clean stale userdata
New permissions: essentials.seen.ipsearch essentials.enchantments.allowunsafe

10 Febuary 2013

New Stuff: Firework meta support.
Cool Changes: Add support for vanilla /clear and /exp syntax, afk/muted status in /seen, can now disable Essentials commands in favour of vanilla ones.
New permissions: essentials.sethome.bed, essentials.mute.notify. essentials.tempban.unlimited
New commands: /firework: modify firework effects and attributes

20 January 2013

New Stuff: Item meta support.
Cool Changes: /kit, /give and /item now support item meta, including written books, custom item names and lore.
New permissions: essentials.jail.allow.<command>
New commands: /book: re-open a written book for reediting

11 January 2013

New Stuff: Allow unsafe enchantments if enabled in config file
Cool Changes: /enchant command shows available enchantments, allow /enchant to be used on enchanted books, no longer waste cpu on jails and other unused features, more fireball entities.
New permissions:, essentials.vanish.effect,<plugin>.<command>
New commands: /recipe: allows looking up crafting recipes


21 December 2012

New Stuff: Show total profit from /sell all, new mobs in /spawnmob.
Cool Changes: Warn other player when teleport fails, extra information in /seen, vanilla syntax support for tp
New permissions: essentials.tptoggle.others

4 November 2012

Cool Changes: Allow banning players who have never joined, TP commands will properly charge initiator not teleportee.
New permissions: essentials.home.bed, essentials.vanish.pvp

30 September 2012

New Stuff: Essentials AntiBuild - We have pulled the build protection component from Essentials Protect to a stand alone component.
Cool Changes: New colour theme, faster command calculations, gc command shows uptime and tps.
New permissions: essentials.kits.<kit>,<action>.<item>,
New commands: /enderchest: allows opening a players enderchest. /speed: allows changing fly speed.

10 August 2012

New Stuff: New Signs: Info and Repair.
Cool Changes: Fix /top so that glass counts as a real block, If you don't want players inviting players to other worlds, do not give them<currentworld>, Fix right click on signs, Fix teleports on beds, Add 'l<level>' syntax to /exp command (eg /exp set l20)
New permissions: essentials.workbench, essentials.keepxp
New commands: /workbench: Allows you to open up a workbench window (effect similar to right clicking a placed workbench)

31 March 2012

New Stuff: Plugin metrics now supported!
Cool Changes: Support for 1.2.x, /setworth can now be used in-game, jail time now shows in /whois, color sign can now be enabled in config (or disabled), bugfixes.
New permissions: essentials.lightning.others,,
New commands: /fly: enables creative-mode flying.

28 February 2012

New stuff: Colour codes and messages in /ping.
Cool Changes: Some improvements to the jail system, improvements to powertools, adjustments to /eco, bugfixes.
Coming soon: Still no ETA on 3.0, but it will be ready when it's ready. Good things come to those who wait, right?

31 January 2012

New stuff: Colour now supported in /msg, /nick and /r, support for latest bukkit builds.
Cool Changes: Major performance increases in EssentialsChat, new event code for EssentialsSpawn. All signs now disabled by default, can be enabled in the config.
Coming soon: 3.0 will boast major performance increases, a new way of handling prefixes/suffixes, improvements to EssentialsChat, and much, much, more!

15 January 2012

New stuff: Minecraft/bukkit for 1.1 support, super unstable 3.0 dev builds available for testing, performance increases.
Cool Changes: Lots of bugfixes
Coming soon: More work done on 3.0. Getting closer to a release.


06 December 2011

New commands: /mail sendall [message]- sends mail to all players. /itemdb [item]- looks up an item. /break- removes the block you are looking at. /feed- fills your hunger bar. /more- fills the stack in your hand. /remove- removes entities in a selected radius.
New stuff: [enchant] signs. Permissions for individual worlds with /world. Permissions for the new commands. More MOTD options.
Cool Changes: players can now be sent to spawn with a command. Lots of bugfixes. /back now supports other spawn plugins.
Coming soon: extended functionality to the [time] sign. Still waiting for a recommended build from bukkit.

01 December 2011

New commands: /enchant - Enchant those items, /spawnmob supports new mobs and babies, /near shows nearby players.
New stuff: /spawnmob supports new mobs and babies, new motd features including {DATE} and {TIME} thanks to khyperia.
Cool Changes: Lots of optimisation, this should clean user loading, and general RAM/CPU use. Support pages in rules/motd, and is now stored in a separate file.
Coming soon: Release build of Essentials for Minecraft 1.0 - We're waiting for a RB. Also, new commands will be added as /more.

21 November 2011

New stuff: Essentials will now check for alias conflicts and allow other plugins to override those as well as commands, /sudo command, unipban players by account name.
Recent changes: Got rid of a lot of outdated and unnecessary code. Continued to support latest bukkit dev builds.
Coming soon: Lots of code cleanup, we're in the middle of rewriting a huge chunk of Essentials, the framework should be nice and clean for the 1.0 release.

05 November 2011

New stuff: /powertools c:, /gamemode command, Extra command aliases, colour in nicknames
Cool Changes: More information available in whois, /list should show new groups instantly.
Coming soon: Group Manager will notify and inform players when the groupmanager file was manually edited, and give you a chance to load it.

23 October 2011

New stuff: Save kickban reason, and show it when player tries to connect, /mail /realname /weather and /worth can be used from console now.
Cool Changes: Heal command restores hunger.
Coming soon: Automatic updating config files, Essentials Auto Updater.

By Riaku

10 October 2011

New stuff: /banip now allows you to pass the name of an online player, buy signs wont give you more than you can hold, Register 1.5,
Cool Changes: Kit timers exist past server restarts, unjailed players will return regardless of cooldown, tab list now applies nicknames/prefix, AFK player godmode.
Coming soon: Automatic updating config files

By Riaku

28 September 2011

New stuff: Register 1.3, New GM supporting superperms.
Cool Changes: Spawn if no home option works with multihome
Coming soon: Ban updates, AFK changes.

20 September 2011

New stuff: Support for new BPerms, Minecraft 1.8 Compatable
Cool Changes: Enderman protection, godmode wont let you starve, auto updating item.csv if it isn't changed.
Coming soon: Reviving GM

22 August 2011

New stuff: /spawnmob sheep:random, half reload time on large servers, kick notification, upgrade notices, /tpaall, /unlimited update, /repair
Coming soon: Multiple homes, multiple powertool commands.

10 August 2011

New stuff: Custom help permissions, Ban protection for staff, Ban notification, adopted vanish.
Coming soon: TPAAll, Per player time, Spawnmob upgrade, reload optimisation, multiple homes, multiple powertool commands.

20 July 2011

New stuff: Help search, Ban offline players, faction support, piston support, Bukkit permissions, coloured signs, new signs.
Coming soon: New commands, Help overhaul, Vanish support.

10 July 2011

New stuff: fireballs, sign permission update, spawner changer, XMPP, sethome for others, .
Coming soon: Coloured signs, Player time, Piston supoprt.

26 June 2011

New stuff: Translations, iConomy fixes, player specific time, kickall, protection permissions, 1.6 support.
Coming soon: XMPP connections, new commands, new signs, GM bridge.
Wiki news: I've rolled out the command reference beta to the command guide page.

14 May 2011

New stuff: Essentials Eco now has an API; Item spawn blacklist; Temporary bans/jails/mutes; Essentials GeoIP.
Coming soon: iConomy 4 & 5 API support; Translations
Wiki news: I've just created some new tutorials for Group Manager, and we've gone through updating the Command Reference, so everything should be just about up to date.
Other news: Zenexer has just released a new Minecraft social network, and we have a group and forums.

27 April 2011

Essentials for Minecraft Beta 1.5 has been released - Version 2.2.x . Get the latest Bukkit recommended build here and the most recent Essentials Release in Downloads. This brings some fun things to do with the weather.

1 April 2011

Essentials for Minecraft Beta 1.4 has been released. Get the latest Bukkit recommended build here and the most recent Essentials Release in Downloads.

By tremor

16 March 2011

New permission nodes added to the last few builds: essentials.protect.exemptbreak - exempt from the protect break blacklist, essentials.itemspawn.exempt - exempt from essentials item spawn blacklist, essentials.god.others - /god others, and essentials.clearinventory.others - clear others inv. These will certainly be usefull additions.

10 March 2011

Ok, release build numbers are now working again. We are no longer using artifactory, but have switched back to TeamCity *Thank God*

By Aelux

8 March 2011

The merge is complete and in release. Ementalo and snowleo have been busy updating and debugging and togglejail now supports multiple jails and multiworld. snowleo has added in a simple backup solution (more info coming). I'll keep you abreast of any information and updates as soon as I can.

7 March 2011

Aelux is busy writing up the groupmanager tutuorial which should be ready "TODAY" in his own words while we've begun merging some of the commands back into essentials thus alleviating the need to have so many plugin files. So far essentails warp, ban, help, and home have been merged. I'll update as soon as more news comes to me.

6 March 2011

Sorry for the lack of updates. I been busy. Hopefully I can finally release the group manager tutorial. It was delayed because of the constant changes made by its developer.

Each month, the news will be cleared and readied for the current month. Logging all the news would just saturate this page with updates that will be very evident and explained on other pages. I want to keep this page simply for quick tid-bits about new features/developments.

By Aelux