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How To Expand Your Minecraft Experience with Bukkit and Essentials


Minecraft is an amazing open-ended game, but what if you could take it to the next level? Using the Essentials Plugin Suite, you can add create and manage user groups, specify permissions for commands, and even add a class system!

We’ve got a video tutorial you can use to get set up, but first, be sure you’ve got a Bukkit server working. If you need help, check out our article, How To Configure and Run Bukkit, An Alternative Minecraft Server. If you plan on running your server at home and aren’t sure on how to let your friends join in, take a look at How To Easily Access Your Home Network From Anywhere With DDNS as well as How To Forward Ports on Your Router.

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You can always get the latest version from the Bukkit main page.

You can get the Essentials plugin suite from their Wiki’s Downloads page.

Lastly, you should visit the Tutorials page to learn YAML syntax and for in-depth looks at the configuration files.

Combining the use of kits in the Essentials config.yml file and the use of groups in the GroupManager groups.yml file, you can effectively create a class system to which multiple users are assigned. Miners can summon mining kits, smiths can summon furnaces and fuel, and farmers can summon their tools and bone meal. It makes each class’s work easier to accomplish, and they can trade and explore as much as they want. You can combine many elements of Survival Multiplayer with much of the ease and convenience of “all Op” online servers so you can still create as much as you want, but leave the challenge of surviving from monsters intact.

Have you taken Minecraft to the next level? Share your thoughts, experiences, and creations in the comments!

Yatri Trivedi is a monk-like geek. When he's not overdosing on meditation and geek news of all kinds, he's hacking and tweaking something, often while mumbling in 4 or 5 other languages.

  • Published 07/26/11

Comments (8)

  1. trinity343

    i want to try minecraft. i’ve never had the opportunity to play it. but i have no idea where to get it from…any help on this?

  2. C. E. Frederick

    trinity, you can get minecraft at There’s a big “Buy Now” link on the right side of the page. If you’re not sure about buying it just yet there’s also a small link below the “Buy Now” under “Play Minecraft Classic” which will take you to a free version of Minecraft. Keep in mind that classic is pretty much entirely a creative mode, so you won’t get the same survival experience as the current beta, but you will get to have a lot of fun building awesome structures.

  3. Deez

    trinity343, don’t do it. Minecraft is nothing but a time sink! There’s no point to it. Granted, people can express their creativity with it, but there is zero return on investment.

  4. Crazy_Muffins

    Deez, Sure you have a point but it’s so da$n fun! It’s like a model train set, sick time and more time in to it, and so long as one person say’s “Thats kinda cool” you’re all set! :p

    Trinity343, As mentioned by Frederick you can play the classic version free, you can also get the Beta version for Single player use if i’m not mistaken… It was around in hte V1.3(sih) time and i think its still around now…

  5. Josh

    Don’t forget that essentials slows down your server. Make sure you have proper server hardware to keep up. Also you need to make sure that average users cannot use certain commands. There are some pretty powerful things in Essentials that you don’t want random people using.

  6. thyme676

    You should make an article covering client mods, like yogbox and better than wolves.

  7. g725s

    Could my 13yo do this with his Mac, or is is PC only?

  8. Eric

    I second you Deez. Never played Minecraft and I don’t ever want to. It seems like a huge time sink. I am sure I would have a great time with it and I know several friends with their own servers already. But I don’t want to spend any time on it. Same with WOW.
    I will be the guy that looks at your creation and says: “Hey that is cool!”

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