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Automatically give players written books containing rules, getting started guides, etc when they join your server.


/bookrules Show current plugin information.
/bookrules info Show current plugin information.
/bookrules version Show current plugin information.
/bookrules commands Show description of all commands available to the player.
/bookrules reload Reload data from the config files.
/bookrules get [id | title] Get book specified by ID or title, or all books if no ID or title is specified.
/bookrules give <player> [id | title] Give the specified player the book specified by ID or title, or all books if no ID or title is specified.
/bookrules add Add the currently held book to the plugin.
/bookrules delete <id | title> Delete the book specified by ID or title from the plugin.
/bookrules list Show all of the books currently stored by the plugin.
/bookrules setauthor <author> Change the author of the currently held book.
/bookrules settitle <title> Change the title of the currently held book.
/bookrules unsign Unsign the currently held book, changing it back to a book and quill.


Permission NodeDescription
bookrules.* Allow full access to all commands in the plugin. Allow use of /bookrules [info | version] to see the plugin information.
bookrules.reload Allow use of /bookrules reload to reload data from file.
bookrules.receivealerts Receive alerts when there is an update to the plugin.
bookrules.get Allow use of /bookrules get to get the books stored by the plugin.
bookrules.give Allow use of /bookrules give to give books to other players.
bookrules.add Allow use of /bookrules add to add a new book to be stored by the plugin.
bookrules.delete Allow use of /bookrules delete to delete a book stored by the plugin.
bookrules.list Allow use of /bookrules list to list all books stored by the plugin.
bookrules.setauthor Allow use of /bookrules setauthor to set the author of the currently held book.
bookrules.settitle Allow use of /bookrules settitle to set the title of the currently held book.
bookrules.unsign Allow use of /bookrules unsign to unsign written books, changing them back to book and quills.


Verbose Boolean value that enables/disables logging to the console. (Used for debug)
Seconds-Delay Integer value that controls the delay of giving books to new players after logging in. (Useful when using other plugins that modify inventories at login, such as StarterKit and AuthMe.
Check-for-Updates Boolean value that determines whether the plugin will check for updates and send alerts when there is a new version.
Give-New-Books-On-Join Boolean value that determines whether players will automatically be given all books they have not yet received upon logging in to the server.
Display-Messages Boolean value that determines whether messages will be sent to players when they receive new books from this plugin.
Block-Villager-Book-Trading Boolean value that determines whether players will be prevented from trading written books generated by the plugin with villagers.
Give-Books-Every-Join Boolean value that determines whether players will be given a new copy of all books every time they join the server.
Language Abbreviation of the language to load the plugin in. See the translations section below for valid abbreviations.


This plugin contains an extensive localization system, allowing it to be translated into different languages. The following is a list of the currently available languages:


If you would like to supply a translation to be included in the plugin, please let me know. If you know how, feel free to create a pull request on GitHub with the translation file included. Otherwise, send me a private message and I will get you a list of the messages that need to be translated.

Update Checking

This plugin periodically checks BukkitDev for a new version, and will notify the console and players with the "bookrules.recievealerts" permission of a new version. If you would like to disable this feature, simply set "Check-for-Updates" to false in plugins/BookRules/config.yml.

Stats Collection

Anonymous statistics are collected automatically by this plugin and sent to MCStats. If you would like to view the data, you can do so here. If you would like to disable this feature, set "opt-out" to true in plugins/PluginMetrics/config.yml.


  • Optional groups for books, allowing groups to only be given to players with the correct permission (defined on add command?)
  • Multiverse support (possibly, no guarantee)
  • Option to let players keep books on death
  • Update to UUID system

Support and Feature Requests

If you have found a bug with the plugin, or would like to suggest a feature to be added, please create an issue on Github to make sure I see it. You can do this by clicking either the Tickets link at the top of the BukkitDev page or the Issues link on the Github repo, then click New Issue and provide as much information as possible. The more information you provide, the better I can help you.


BukkitDev Page
GitHub Repository


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Licensed under the Common Development and Distribution License Version 1.0 (CDDL-1.0).
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  • Avatar of Absolutionmc Absolutionmc Apr 28, 2013 at 17:22 UTC - 0 likes

    The colors are not saved fine. Here's the problem. When I add colors to my book it all looks perfect and as expected, even after using /rulebook add and then /rulebook get to see if the book was saved perfectly. However if you reload the plugin or do a restart, the colors seem to disappear and are replaced with the characters for them.

  • Avatar of mstiles92 mstiles92 Apr 27, 2013 at 07:32 UTC - 0 likes

    @idrum69: Go

    What exactly do you mean by color support? I keep seeing people ask for this, but I'm not quite sure what you guys want. Colors entered in books will be saved by the plugin just fine. See the wiki here if you need help with that:

    If I'm just totally misunderstanding, let me know more about what you want and I will see what I can do :)

  • Avatar of idrum69 idrum69 Apr 27, 2013 at 07:11 UTC - 0 likes

    It's an okay plugin.. I would use it, however there is no color support. Add that and it's a keeper.

  • Avatar of MrrSwag MrrSwag Apr 18, 2013 at 19:58 UTC - 0 likes

    This Plugin Is Kinda annoying i edited the book inside the config i edited it about 4 times and it was fine the first 3 times when i done /bookrules reload it completely deleted the book... not surprised

  • Avatar of MERCHANToDEATH MERCHANToDEATH Apr 13, 2013 at 22:29 UTC - 0 likes

    Anyway you could make it have world specific books, like a player enters a world and they get a book explaining the world or whatever, maybe it could just be a permission that gives them a book that i just give on one world. Just a thought. Great plugin, thanks for your hard work.

  • Avatar of mstiles92 mstiles92 Apr 11, 2013 at 20:43 UTC - 0 likes

    @Mike4898: Go

    When this error occurred, did you have a books.yml file from an earlier version of the plugin? Or was this a fresh install?

    @etherz10: Go

    What do you mean by color support? The plugin will save any colors entered in books just fine.

  • Avatar of Mike4898 Mike4898 Apr 11, 2013 at 19:43 UTC - 0 likes

    @mstiles92: Go

    Well, the whole plugin doesn't work anymore. It only gives internal errors, doesn't matter what command you're using, and doesn't give the books: Here are is the error around the bookrules error (I'm not sure they had something to do with it or not)

    11.04 15:28:40 [Server] INFO at 11.04 15:28:40 [Server] INFO at 11.04 15:28:40 [Server] INFO at net.minecraft.server.v1_5_R2.MinecraftServer.q( 11.04 15:28:40 [Server] INFO at net.minecraft.server.v1_5_R2.DedicatedServer.r( 11.04 15:28:40 [Server] INFO at net.minecraft.server.v1_5_R2.MinecraftServer.r( 11.04 15:28:40 [Server] INFO at org.bukkit.craftbukkit.v1_5_R2.scheduler.CraftScheduler.mainThreadHeartbeat( 11.04 15:28:40 [Server] INFO at 11.04 15:28:40 [Server] INFO at 11.04 15:28:40 [Server] INFO at com.mstiles92.bookrules.BookStorage.getInstance( 11.04 15:28:40 [Server] INFO at com.mstiles92.bookrules.BookStorage.<init>( 11.04 15:28:40 [Server] INFO at com.mstiles92.bookrules.BookStorage.loadFromFile( 11.04 15:28:40 [Server] INFO at com.mstiles92.bookrules.BookStorage.convertFromOldFormat( 11.04 15:28:40 [Server] INFO java.lang.NullPointerException 11.04 15:28:40 [Server] WARNING Task #7347 for BookRules v2.0 generated an exception

  • Avatar of etherz10 etherz10 Apr 11, 2013 at 16:40 UTC - 0 likes

    @mstiles92: Go

    Can you add colour support?

  • Avatar of mstiles92 mstiles92 Apr 09, 2013 at 20:38 UTC - 0 likes

    @Mike4898: Go

    What about it doesn't work? What error messages are you getting? If it says invalid configuration, please send me a pastebin of your config.yml, books.yml, and players.yml.

  • Avatar of Mike4898 Mike4898 Apr 09, 2013 at 20:27 UTC - 0 likes

    It completely broke after updating, even downgrading doesn't work anymore...


Date created
Aug 30, 2012
Last update
Jun 27, 2014
Development stage
Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL)
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