The main goals of the project are to provide a lightweight implementation of the Bukkit API and Minecraft server where exact vanilla functionality is not needed or higher performance is desired than the official software can deliver. Glowstone makes use of a thread-per-world model and performs synchronization only when necessitated by the Bukkit API.
Glowstone has a few key advantages over CraftBukkit:
- It is 100% open source. While CraftBukkit and most other mods are open source, they rely on decompiled Minecraft source code. Glowstone's code is completely original.
- Because of this, it is easy to contribute to Glowstone's development. The barrier of entry to contributions is lower because there is no need to work around decompiled source or maintain a minimal diff.
- Glowstone supports all plugins written for the Bukkit API natively. In practice, some plugins may try to make use of parts of the API which are not yet implemented, but in a completed state Glowstone would support all plugins.
- Glowstone's simplicity affords it a performance improvement over CraftBukkit and other servers, making it especially suited for situations where a large amount of players must be supported but Vanilla game features are not needed.
However, there are several drawbacks:
- Glowstone is not finished. Nothing is guaranteed to work, though many things
are likely to. If in doubt, ask in
- Vanilla survival features are entirely absent (mobs, hunger, health, so on). Glowstone cannot yet replicate a vanilla survival environment. These will be added over time.
- Bukkit plugins which expect the presence of CraftBukkit-specific code
(that in the
net.minecraft.serverpackages) will not work on Glowstone unless they are designed to fail gracefully.
- Glowstone is not produced by the Bukkit team, and while we do make an effort to produce quality work, Glowstone does not undergo the same rigorious testing as the Bukkit project.
Some of the key features that have been implemented are:
- World loading, saving, and streaming to players.
- Player interaction with the world (building, digging).
- Somewhat-complete inventory support.
- A simple world generator (support for others through Bukkit).
- World weather (rain, thunder/lightning).
- Op, ban, IP ban, and whitelist support.
- Many of the advanced API features of Bukkit.
Building and Running
Glowstone can be built with the
Java Development Kit and
Gradle. The command
./gradlew will build Glowstone and
place the final jar in
build/libs/ with a filename ending in
Other tasks are listed under
./gradlew tasks. A local installation of Gradle
can be used instead if desired.
Running Glowstone is simple because its dependencies are shaded into the output
jar at compile time. Simply execute
java -jar glowstone.jar along with any
extra JVM options desired. A variety of command-line options are also available -
java -jar glowstone.jar --help for more information.
By default, configuration is stored in the
config/ subdirectory and logs
are stored in the
logs/ subdirectory. The main configuration file is
config/glowstone.yml, which replaces CraftBukkit's
bukkit.yml. Settings from these two files will be copied over to Glowstone's
configuration during the default configuration generation process.
Glowstone uses JLine for console input and colored console output. The JLine console can be disabled in the configuration if a flat console is desired.
Docs and Support
The best place to receive support is on the Glowstone Forums,
where you can ask a question and someone who knows the answer can respond.
If you prefer IRC, visit our IRC channel
#glowstone on EsperNet (
User and contributor documentation and other articles can be found on the
Javadocs can be generated by using the
gradle javadoc command and are
placed in the
build/docs/javadoc/ directory, but these are incomplete
in some places and in general the code is the best reference.
- The Minecraft Coalition and
#mcdevs- protocol and file formats research.
- The Bukkit team for their outstandingly well-designed plugin API.
- Trustin Lee - author of the Netty library.
- Graham Edgecombe - author of the original Lightstone.
- All the people behind Gradle and Java.
- Notch and the rest of Mojang - for making such an awesome game in the first place!
Glowstone is open-source software released under the MIT license. Please see
LICENSE file for details.