An upcoming server/client software, written from the ground up (not a server mod like CraftBukkit). It is not focused on Minecraft; focusing instead on a general framework for voxel-based games.
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Spout What is Spout?

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 goal and focus is to offer a higher performance server that implements the universal SpoutAPI client/server platform. The Vanilla plugin can be used to implement Minecraft functionality. Bukkit plugin compatibility will be possible through the BukkitBridge.

Copyright (c) 2011-2012, SpoutDev

Who is SpoutDev?

SpoutDev is the team behind the Spout and Spoutcraft projects, I See You, and Pipe.
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Track and submit issues and bugs on our issue tracker.

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  • 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.
  • Tad Hardesty - author of the Lightstone fork, Glowstone - and everyone else who has contributed to Glowstone.
  • Notch and all the other people at Mojang - for making such an awesome game in the first place!


The latest and greatest source can be found on GitHub.
Download the latest builds from Jenkins.


Spout is licensed under GNU Lesser General Public License Version 3, 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.


Spout uses Maven to handle its dependencies.

  • Install Maven 2 or 3
  • Checkout this repo and run: mvn clean package install

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