Spout is an open-source implementation of the Minecraft server software written in Java, originally forked from Tad Hardesty's Glowstone project, which was originally forked from Graham Edgecombe's now-defunct Lightstone project.
The official server software has some shortcomings such as the use of threaded, synchronous I/O along with high CPU and RAM usage. Spout aims to be a lightweight and high-performance alternative.
Spout's main aim as a project independent from Lightstone is to offer a higher-performance server while implementing the SpoutAPI platform for Minecraft mods.
You may download and compile SpoutAPI
yourself if you desire and install it using
mvn install, but it and other
dependencies will be automatically downloaded by Maven if they are not found.
mvn package will build Spout, and
mvn install will copy it
to your local Maven repository. Official builds of Spout may be found on
Running Spout is simple because all dependencies, including SpoutAPI, are
shaded into the output jar at compile time thanks to a nifty Maven plugin.
java -jar spout-dev-SNAPSHOT.jar along with whatever
memory-related options to Java you desire, and the server should start.
By default, configuration is stored in the
config/ subdirectory and logs
are stored in the
logs/ subdirectory. The main configuration file is
Spout uses a JLine-based server console for command input. On non-Windows systems, console output can also be colored.
Javadocs can be generated by using the
mvn javadoc:javadoc command in the
terminal. This utilizes Maven's javadoc plugin and may need to download
dependencies the first time it is run.
For documentation on the Spout API, see the SpoutAPI Javadocs.
- The Minecraft Coalition - protocol and file formats research.
- Trustin Lee - author of the Netty library.
- Graham Edgecombe - author of the original Lightstone - and everyone else who has contributed to Lightstone.
- All the people behind Maven and Java.
- Notch and all the other people at Mojang - for making such an awesome game in the first place!
Spout is open-source software released under the LGPLv3 license, but with a
provision that files are released under the MIT license 180 days after they
are published. Please see the
LICENSE.txt file for details.