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Create signs with custom actions.


  • Any sign can store a list of actions, which are triggered by left-clicking or right-clicking the sign.
  • Actions include sending messages, teleporting players, editing player inventories, sending redstone signals and even executing arbitrary commands.
  • Sign actions can be edited and copied from one sign to another.
  • Sign actions are stored using BlockStore, and so will be preserved in map downloads for use past the end of a server revision.

Commands and Aliases

The EasySigns plugin is a reimplementation of a CommandHelper package documented at There are some differences in the options provided by this plugin.

The CommandHelper /easy-sign command shadows the corresponding command in this plugin. You can access this plugin's command as /easysigns:easy-sign, but to simplify access, all commands in this plugin also have an alias beginning with /es instead of /easy-sign, e.g. /es-info instead of /easy-sign-info.

For a list of all commands and options, simply run /es. Use /help <command>, e.g. /help /es-reorder for documentation on specific commands.

Item Materials

Various sign actions specify items as <item> and <qty>; the former is the case insensitive name of a Bukkit API Material like "dirt" and the latter is the quantity as an integer.

Formatting Codes

EasySigns actions that send messages support formatting codes using '&' followed by '0' - '9', 'a' - 'f', 'k' - 'o' and 'r'.

Variable Substitution

Sign actions that send messages or run commands are subject to variable substitution, whereby character sequences of the form %variable% are replaced with computed values. The sequence %% can be used to signify a single % character.

Replaced sequences and their substitution text are listed below.

Variable Substitution
%x% Integer X coordinate of the sign.
%y% Integer Y coordinate of the sign.
%z% Integer Z coordinate of the sign.
%w% World containing the player and sign.
%p% The name of the player who clicked the sign that is performing the action.
%px% Integer X coordinate of the player.
%py% Integer Y coordinate of the player.
%pz% Integer Z coordinate of the player.
%px.% Floating point X coordinate of the player.
%py.% Floating point Y coordinate of the player.
%pz.% Floating point Z coordinate of the player.

For backwards compatibility, some actions also support the use of %s to signify the player's name.

The following sign actions support variable substitution: announce, check-empty-inventory, cmd, lore, msg, opcmd, take and takeheld.

CommandHelper Integration

When cmd and opcmd actions run CommandHelper aliases, it is necessary to use the CommandHelper /runalias command to run the command. For example, given a CommandHelper /say alias, you might do:

/es opcmd runalias say Hello %p%!

This advice only applies to commands written in CommandHelper MethodScript.

Sign Actions

The /easy-sign or /es command appends one "action" to the list of actions performed by the sign. It has the syntax:

  • Either: /easy-sign <action> [<args> ...]
  • Or equivlently: /es <action> [<args> ...]

Multiple actions can be added to each sign, and are run in the same order that they are listed, when clicked by a player.

In order to edit the actions performed by a sign, you must have the requisite permissions and you must be looking at a sign.

The first argument to the /es or /easy-sign command is the "action" performed by the sign. Subsequent arguments vary with the action and provide additional information specific to the action performed.

The syntax of action arguments is represented in the following ways:

  • <value> signifies a value that must be supplied by the user running the command.
  • [<value>] signifies that the value can be omitted.
  • <value1> ... <valueN> signifies a series of N values of similar type and purpose.
  • <value1> ... signifies a varying length series of 1 or more similar values.

The following table describes the syntax of arguments to the various EasySigns actions.

Action Arguments Description
announce <message> Sets up an announcement sign. The message is broadcast (only once) when a player clicks the sign. The message supports formatting codes and variable substitution.
cart [<world>] <x> <y> <z> Spawns a minecart at the specified location.
check-empty-inventory [<message>] If the player's inventory is not empty, do not execute any subsequent sign actions and show <message>, if specified. Formatting codes and variable substitution are supported.
ci Clears the player's inventory.
clearpotions Clears all potion effects.
cmd <command> Runs a command as the user. Omit the leading slash. Formatting codes and variable substitution are supported.
dropinventory [<world>] <x> <y> <z> [<scatter>] Drops a copy of your current inventory at the specified coordinates. If <scatter> is true, give the dropped items random velocities.
give <item> <qty> [<slot>] or held [<slot>] Gives the player an item, specified either as a material and quantity, or as the word 'held' signifying the item currently held by the user configuring the sign. Place it in the specified inventory slot number, or a free slot if not specified.
heal [<gap>] Refills a player's health. If <gap> is provided (it defaults to 0) then the player gets a half a heart every <gap> seconds. 0 means fill it up instantly.
hunger Refills a player's hunger bar.
inventory [<clear>] Clears the player's inventory and gives them an exact copy of your current inventory. If <clear> is true, the player's inventory will be cleared before giving them the items; otherwise the items will be added to what the player has in their inventory.
launch <x> <y> <z> Launches a player with the specified velocity vector. The magnitude of the vector cannot exceed 10. That is, sqrt(x^2 + y^2 + z^2) must be less than or equal to 10.
leather <red> <green> <blue> <item1> ... <itemN> Gives the player leather armor with the specified red, green and blue color components (0 - 255). <item1> to <itemN> are a list of items to give and can only be: helmet, chestplate, leggings or boots.
lore <item> <qty> <lore>||<itemmsg>||<qtymsg> Takes a specified quantity of an item from a player if it has the required lore. Unlike the take action, the player must be holding the item in their main hand when they click the sign. Colors in the lore are ignored and multiple lines are concatenated without spaces. The item must be in the player's hand. If the wrong item is held, <itemmsg> is shown. If it is the right item but insufficient in quantity, <qtymsg> is shown. The <lore>, <itemmsg> and <qtymsg> can all be multiple words. Formatting codes and variable substitution are allowed. The double-bar sequence, ||, is used to separate those arguments. If the item is not taken for whatever reason, subsequent sign actions are not processed. Caution: multiple consecutive spaces in any of these strings will be replaced with single spaces.
max <uses> Allows the sign to be used <uses> times and no more. No other commands will be run once the limit is reached.
msg <message> Sends the player a message. Formatting codes and variable substitution are supported.
opcmd <command> Runs a command as OP, as the console user. Omit the leading slash. Formatting codes and variable substitution are supported. Note that this action does NOT confer operator permissions to a player. It runs a command in the console, and so you will usually want to format the name of the affected player, %p%, and possibly their coordinates, into the command.
potion <effect> <strength> <seconds> Applies a potion effect to the player. <strength> must be at least 1 and <duration> is in seconds.
randloc <max_distance> Teleports the player to a randomly selected surface location within <max_distance> blocks of 0,0.
redstone Causes the sign to emit a redstone signal.
setbed [<world>] <x> <y> <z> Sets the player's bed respawn location to the specified position.
sleep Sets the player's bed respawn location to their position when they clicked the sign.
sound <sound> <volume> <pitch> [<ambient>] Plays a sound to the player, or to everyone if <ambient> is true. Sounds types are those specified by the Bukkit Sound API. <volume> is the range of the sound in blocks, divided by 15; that is, a volume of 1.0 corresponds to a range of about 15 blocks. <pitch> varies from 0.5 (half speed playback) to 2.0 (double speed playback).
take <item> <qty> <failmsg> Takes <qty> of the material <item> from a player. If they don't have enough, the <failmsg> is shown, and no other commands will be run. Formatting codes and variable substitution are supported.
takeheld <qty> [<itemmsg>||<qtymsg>] Takes the item in the player's main hand if it matches what is expected. If the wrong item or insufficient items are offered, subsequent sign actions are not executed and either <itemmsg> or <qtymsg> is shown, as appropriate. The <itemmsg> and <qtymsg> can be omitted, in which case they default to 'Insufficient items.' and 'That's not the right item!' respectively. If messages are specified, they must be separated by a double bar, ||. Formatting codes and variable substitution are supported.
tpbed Teleports the player back to their bed.
warp [<world>] <x> <y> <z> [<yaw>] [<pitch>] Teleports the player to the specified X, Y and Z coordinates in the specified world, or the current world if no world is specified. If the yaw and pitch, are specified, they set the player's look angles in degrees at the new location.

Other Commands

  • /easy-sign-info - List all actions on the sign you are currently looking at.

    • Alias: /es-info
  • /easy-sign-remove <index> - Remove the action with the specified numeric index, where index 1 is the first action.

    • Alias: /es-remove
  • /easy-sign-reorder <from-index> <to-index> - Remove the action at the specified "from" index and re-add it at the specified "to" index.

    • Alias: /es-reorder
  • /easy-sign-delete - Remove all actions from a sign.

    • Alias: /es-delete
  • /easy-sign-copy - Copy the sign's actions to the clipboard.

    • Alias: /es-copy
  • /easy-sign-paste - Paste the copied actions from the clipboard to another sign.

    • Alias: /es-paste
  • /easy-sign-used <player> <count> - Record that <player> has used a sign <count> times.

    • Alias: /es-used


This plugin depends on BlockStore.


No permissions are required to execute sign actions by clicking on a sign.

Full access to all commands is granted by the easysigns.commands.* permission. That permission encompasses the following permissions:

Permission Description
easysigns.commands.easy-sign Access to the /easy-sign command.
easysigns.commands.easy-sign-info Access to the /easy-sign-info command.
easysigns.commands.easy-sign-remove Access to the /easy-sign-remove command.
easysigns.commands.easy-sign-reorder Access to the /easy-sign-reorder command.
easysigns.commands.easy-sign-delete Access to the /easy-sign-delete command.
easysigns.commands.easy-sign-copy Access to the /easy-sign-copy command.
easysigns.commands.easy-sign-paste Access to the /easy-sign-paste command.
easysigns.commands.easy-sign-used Access to the /easy-sign-used command.
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