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Create Minecraft bots with a powerful, stable, and high level JavaScript API.

First time using node.js ? You may want to start with the tutorial


  • Supports Minecraft 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13, 1.14, 1.15 and 1.16.
  • Entity knowledge and tracking.
  • Block knowledge. You can query the world around you. Milliseconds to find any block.
  • Physics and movement - handle all bounding boxes
  • Attacking entities and using vehicles.
  • Inventory management.
  • Crafting, chests, dispensers, enchantment tables.
  • Digging and building.
  • Miscellaneous stuff such as knowing your health and whether it is raining.
  • Activating blocks and using items.
  • Chat.


Checkout this page to see what are our current projects.


First install nodejs >= 14 from then:

npm install mineflayer


link description
tutorial Begin with node.js and mineflayer Got a question ? go there first The full API reference The changelog for mineflayer
examples/ Checkout all the mineflayer examples


Please read and prismarine-contribute



A tutorial video explaining the basic set up process for a bot can be found here.

If you want to learn more, more video tutorials are there, and the corresponding source codes for those bots is there.

tutorial 1 tutorial 2 tutorial 3 tutorial 4

Getting Started

Without version specified, the version of the server will be guessed automatically, you can set a specific one using the version option. For example version:"1.8".

Echo Example

const mineflayer = require('mineflayer')

const bot = mineflayer.createBot({
  host: 'localhost', // optional
  port: 25565,       // optional
  username: '', // email and password are required only for
  password: '12345678',          // online-mode=true servers
  version: false,                 // false corresponds to auto version detection (that's the default), put for example "1.8.8" if you need a specific version
  auth: 'mojang'      // optional; by default uses mojang, if using a microsoft account, set to 'microsoft'

bot.on('chat', function (username, message) {
  if (username === bot.username) return

// Log errors and kick reasons:
bot.on('kicked', (reason, loggedIn) => console.log(reason, loggedIn))
bot.on('error', err => console.log(err))

See what your bot is doing

Thanks to prismarine-viewer project, it's possible to display in a browser window what your bot is doing. Just run npm install prismarine-viewer and add this to your bot:

const mineflayerViewer = require('prismarine-viewer').mineflayer
bot.once('spawn', () => {
  mineflayerViewer(bot, { port: 3007, firstPerson: true })

And you'll get a live view looking like this:


More Examples

example description
viewer display your bot world view in the browser
pathfinder make your bot go to any location automatically
chest Use chests, furnaces, dispensers, enchantment tables
digger Learn how to create a simple bot that is capable of digging the block
discord connect a discord bot with a mineflayer bot
jumper Learn how to move, jump, ride vehicles, attack nearby entities

And many mores in the examples folder


A lot of the active development is happening inside of small npm packages which are used by mineflayer.

The Node Way™

"When applications are done well, they are just the really application-specific, brackish residue that can't be so easily abstracted away. All the nice, reusable components sublimate away onto github and npm where everybody can collaborate to advance the commons." — substack from "how I write modules"


These are the main modules that make up mineflayer:

module description
minecraft-protocol Parse and serialize minecraft packets, plus authentication and encryption.
minecraft-data Language independent module providing minecraft data for minecraft clients, servers and libraries.
prismarine-physics Provide the physics engine for minecraft entities
prismarine-chunk A class to hold chunk data for Minecraft
node-vec3 3d vector math with robust unit tests
prismarine-block Represent a minecraft block with its associated data
prismarine-chat A parser for a minecraft chat message (extracted from mineflayer)
node-yggdrasil Node.js library to interact with Mojang's authentication system, known as Yggdrasil
prismarine-world The core implementation of worlds for prismarine
prismarine-windows Represent minecraft windows
prismarine-item Represent a minecraft item with its associated data
prismarine-nbt An NBT parser for node-minecraft-protocol
prismarine-recipe Represent minecraft recipes
prismarine-biome Represent a minecraft biome with its associated data
prismarine-entity Represent a minecraft entity


You can enable some protocol debugging output using DEBUG environment variable:

DEBUG="minecraft-protocol" node [...]

On windows :

set DEBUG=minecraft-protocol
node your_script.js

Third Party Plugins

Mineflayer is pluggable; anyone can create a plugin that adds an even higher level API on top of Mineflayer.

The most updated and useful are :

  • pathfinder - advanced A* pathfinding with a lot of configurable features
  • prismarine-viewer - simple web chunk viewer
  • web-inventory - web based inventory viewer
  • statemachine - A state machine API for more complex bot behavors
  • Armor Manager - automatic armor managment
  • Collect Block - Quick and simple block collection API.
  • Dashboard - Frontend dashboard for mineflayer bot
  • PVP - Easy API for basic PVP and PVE.
  • auto-eat - Automatic eating of food.
  • Tool - A utility for automatic tool/weapon selection with a high level API.
  • Hawkeye - A utility for using auto-aim with bows.

But also check out :

  • navigate - get around easily using A* pathfinding. YouTube Demo
  • radar - web based radar interface using canvas and YouTube Demo
  • blockfinder - find blocks in the 3D world
  • scaffold - get to a target destination even if you have to build or break blocks to do so. YouTube Demo
  • auto-auth - chat-based bot authentication
  • Bloodhound - determine who and what is responsible for damage to another entity
  • tps - get the current tps (processed tps)

Projects Using Mineflayer


Some setup is required after first cloning the project but after that is done it's very easy to run them.


In order to get all tests to run successfully you must first:

  1. create a new folder in which to store minecraft server jars
  2. set the MC_SERVER_JAR_DIR to this folder


  1. mkdir server_jars
  2. export MC_SERVER_JAR_DIR=/full/path/to/server_jars

Where the "/full/path/to/" is the fully qualified path name.

Testing everything

Simply run: npm test

Testing specific version

Run npm test -- -g <version>, where <version> is a minecraft version like 1.12, 1.15.2...

Testing specific test

Run npm test -- -g <test_name>, where <test_name> is a name of the test like bed, useChests, rayTrace...