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How to setup a Craftbukkit 1.5.1 Server


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Level 30 : Artisan Geek
Note: This guide will still work for any newer updates.

Hello. I am going to show you how to setup a server of your own using steps to make it easier for beginners.

What you will need:

  1. A decent Laptop/Desktop
  2. Craftbukkit 1.5.1 (Download page link)
  3. Notepad++

So lets get started now!


  1. Go and download the Craftbukkit you wish for. (in this case its Craftbukkit 1.4.7 or 1.5.1)
  2. Make a folder on your Desktop called anything you'd like.
  3. Drag and Drop the Craftbukkit into the folder.
  4. Open up Notepad++ and copy/paste the following text

CD /D "%BINDIR%" "%ProgramFiles%Javajdk1.7.0_02binjava.exe" -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -jar craftbukkit-1.5.1-R0.1.jar PAUSE
5. Save as run.bat (Run can be renamed into anything)
6. Run the server and let it all load. Once loaded you can enter and play or follow and finish setup.
Now for the server.properties.
A quick explaination on the main parts of the structure.

allow-nether=(true/false) - Set this as true if you'd like users going into the Nether.
level-name=world - Please don't change this if you don't know what you're doing.
server-port=(0/65565) - Uses values from 0-65565, default value is 25565 or blank.
level-seed= - Enter a seed if you want to use a prebuilt map.
server-ip= - If using Hamachi enter your Hamachi IP into there.
spawn-npcs=(true/false) - Allow NPC's in villages or not.
white-list=(true/false) - Set this as true if you want certain people online. (Enter names into white-list.txt)
spawn-animals=(true/false) - Allow the spawning of Animals (Cows, sheep, pig, chicken, etc etc)
hardcore=(true/false) - Hardcore mode, 1 life ONLY. Once you die you're banned from the server and need to get unbanned via banned-players.txt.
online-mode=(true/false) true = Premium only server, false = Cracked server.
pvp=(true/false) - Self explanatory.
difficulty=(1/2/3) - Ranges from 1(peaceful) to 3(Intense)
gamemode=(0/1) - 0 = Survival, 1 = Creative
max-players=(1-Some really big number) - However many people you want on your server at a time or as many as it can handle.
spawn-monsters=(true/false) - Allow or Disallow Mobs spawning at night.
view-distance= - How far you want to be able to see.
spawn-protection= - Protect the spawn area with a radius.
motd= - What you want the description to say

How to install plugins!

For this example. I will be using Essentials
First off, you will need to download Essentials Core.
Make a plugins folder in the main folder your server is in (make sure it is "Plugins" or it will not work). And place the JARs into that folder. Make sure you don't include Essentials AntiBuild unless you know what you're doing.
Now reload or restart your server. You will see a new Essentials folder in the Plugins folder.

Open the config.yml with NotePad++.
And now you can change settings to your preference. Make sure nodes are not mistyped! It will corrupt your file!
If you want to know if there is any errors. Use an Online Yaml Parser

Now you know the basics of installing plugins. you can get lots more plugins from plugins.bukkit.org.

Updated to 1.5.1 : 03/23/2013 12:10:04 am3/23/13

Download links have been updated. As the same for the code.

Plugins section : 01/24/2013 1:29:07 pm1/24/13

Added how to add plugins!

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what happens if i run it but it automatically closes and wont load anything like world, server, ban-ip, ops, etc.? what do i do?
i downloaded the newest version on Java, and craftbukkit and did the notpad thing and everything..i need help please..
  • Z645
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Geek
  • December 28, 2012, 9:14 am
Check if your Java is the correct file structure.
Go to C: Drive > Program File > Java > Jre7 > bin > Java.exe
Make sure it's there. If it's not that file structure, check your Program Files(x86) (<- I think it's that on all computers) instead. and change the structure to say: [size=12px][color=rgb(34,34,34)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)]"%ProgramFiles(x86)%Javajdk1.7.0_02binjava.exe"[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
  • CatLover1230
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • March 26, 2013, 12:22 pm
I did that and it is still not working
  • Kill3rBlack
  • Level 20
  • Expert Mountaineer
  • February 2, 2013, 8:09 pm
[size=12px][color=rgb(37,37,37)]the "ProgramFiles(x86)" is for 64bit Computers. 32bit computers will only have "ProgramFiles"[/color][/size]

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