Plugins are very popular amongst server owners! Imagine a wool block that can blink between all the wool colors or a way to enhance permissions beyond the well-known operator command. These are some of the things plugins introduce!

Do my players need to install plugins?

Plugins are actually server-side only! This means they don't require any effort on the client-side of things. Players can connect and play without any extra steps.

Are plugins and mods the same?

Mods modify the game, whereas plugins enhance the game. To use mods, you'd typically use a special launcher client-side and you typically need a good chunk of memory available. Mods may be client-side only, server-side only, or required on both. If you're looking to run a modpack, our mod installation guide can help!

What about data packs?

Data packs are more minor, albeit typically less optimized, game enhancements that are available in more recent versions of Minecraft. Like plugins, data packs are not required client-side and are server-side only, though these can be used on vanilla servers. If interested, you can read more on installing data packs here.

Can I run plugins on vanilla Minecraft?

While vanilla Minecraft is great and your server is likely already running it, it'll need to run a Bukkit-based server type, such as Paper, in order to be able to run plugins. If you're unsure of how to change this, use this guide to help you swap your server type.

Where can I find plugins?

Most plugins are found by browsing Spigot resources but you can sometimes find links on other sites. When looking for plugins to install onto your server, it's important to check that your source is reliable and the plugin is up-to-date, as well as compatible with any other plugins you may want to use.

How do I know if plugins are compatible?

It's unlikely you'll run into this type of issue, though you can always check plugin documentation to see if there's an existing notice about the compatibility issue. Beyond this, your server will indicate when there's an issue. If you're having trouble, feel free to reach out to our team!

How do I install plugins manually?

Make sure you've got your plugin files on hand! These should be JAR files, though you may have downloaded a ZIP file that will need to be extracted later on.

  1. Log into your Prisma account here:

  2. Once you have logged in, select the server you wish to update.

  3. Stop your server using the Stop button.

  4. Before you go any further, be aware! Unknown, broken, or experimental plugins can be detrimental to your server. Look for up-to-date plugins that are trusted before downloading or installing them onto your server.

  5. If you’re ready to proceed, navigate to your File Manager, found under the Customize menu in Prisma's navigation bar.

  6. Locate your plugins folder and double-click on its line (not the name of the folder) to open it. If you don't see it, make sure your server is set to a Bukkit-based server type, such as Paper, Spigot, or CraftBukkit.

  7. If you need to, go ahead and swap your server type now and make sure you restart the server then stop it once it's back online. You should now have a plugins folder, so return to step 6. Otherwise, move on to step 8!

  8. Select the Choose files button towards the top right of the file manager. This will bring up your local file explorer, where you can find the plugin files you want to upload, select them, and then upload them.

  9. An upload window will appear so you'll be able to track the progress of the files being uploaded. Wait for the uploads to complete before you proceed.

  10. If you uploaded a .zip file, you'll want to extract it once it's uploaded to your server. Locate the file and select the Extract Selected button.

  11. You can now start your server! If you run into any trouble, feel free to reach out!

Can I use FTP instead of the File Manager?
You can! If you're looking to upload several plugins at once, using an external FTP manager may actually be more ideal. You'll find your FTP details under the "ADVANCED" menu in Prisma, then connect using a client such as WinSCP or FileZilla, and upload files into the plugins folder on your server. Be sure to let all uploads complete before you start your server.

How to Install Plugins using the Plugin Explorer

If you already know exactly what you’re looking for, you already have your server type set accordingly for plugin use, and you’d like to take the easy route of installing the latest available version of a plugin off of Spigot, just follow the steps below:

  1. Log into your Prisma account here:

  2. Once you have logged in, select the server you wish to update.

  3. Select the “Stop” button and wait for your server status to show as “Stopped”.

  4. Before you go any further, be aware… If you’re experimenting with new plugins or ones you’re unfamiliar with, we encourage you to back up your server before you proceed. Some plugins are broken and may cause issues on your server. While we do have backups available, you may lose progress if a plugin corrupts your server.

  5. If you’re ready to proceed, navigate to “PLUGINS”.

  6. On this page, you’ll find the Plugin Explorer. Use the search function to search for the plugin you wish to install.

  7. Once you’ve found the plugin, select it and then select the “Install” button.

  8. Prisma will notify you once the plugin is installed and it will end up showing within your “Installed Plugins” list on the right. You can uninstall the plugin by simply clicking on the trash can icon beside it.

  9. Start your server.

  10. The plugin(s) you’ve installed should be active!

If you see "Installation Failed" or can't find the plugin you're looking for but it's available on Spigot's website, try installing it manually using the directions below.

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If anything isn't working as intended, please feel free to reach out to our team!

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