SilkSpawners - Harvest mob spawners with silk touch

Version v3.7.2

Thanks for more than 618 thousand downloads!

I've finally developed a sign shop addon, you can find it here:


Ever wanted to move a mob spawner? With SilkSpawners, you can now pick up and move monster spawners.
If you use a pickaxe with the silktouch enchantment you will receive the spawner again.
You can control each mob spawner, allow crafting and of course mod support

This plugin was originally written and maintained by mushroomhostage, since he sought for a continuation I'm the new developer.
I'm happy to hear about your opinion, just leave a comment with a feature request, bug, improvement or just a personal opinion.

As a reminder I want to say that I worked very long on this and really appreciate a 'thank you' in form of a donation! (See details on the bottom)


Thanks to Kiracastle

Thanks @smsunarto||Scott Moses Sunarto

Thanks @Koz4christ


  • NEW A sign shop addon can be found here:
  • Added BarAPI support (new for 1.9 only: support for Vanilla implementation)
  • per Type spawner name and explosion chance!
  • Support Minecraft from 1.5.X to 1.9.4
  • Configure a percentage of dropping a spawner on explosions (TNT & creeper)
  • Spawner retains creature type
  • Works on any spawner
  • Crafting of each spawner (own recipe for every mob if wanted)
  • Showing of creature type when spawners are placed, broken or held
  • Commands for
    • Changing a spawner in hand or sight
    • Getting a new spawner (or egg) in the hand
    • Console support
  • Left-click spawner with spawn egg to change type (consuming egg or not)
  • If enabled, right click with an egg and a MonsterSpawner of this type will appear
  • Permissions support
  • Support for
    • Custom mobs added by client/server mods
    • Spawning any entity with spawn eggs (dragons, non-creature entities, etc.)
    • Dumping entity ID map on startup for debugging mods
  • Compatible with
    • CraftBukkit++ and Spigot (see spawnersUnstackable)
    • MCPC(+) and ported mods (auto-detects IDs)
    • Not Enough Items (newer builds only)
  • Flexible creature type names on input (pigman, zombiepigman, pigzombie, etc. all accepted), official names on output (Magma Cube, not "LavaSlime")
  • Colored item names
  • Localization of all messages
  • There is an economy addon to charge the users when they change a spawner: SilkSpawnersEcoAddon

Third party features, all of them can be disabled
Please take a look at the detailed information about Metrics below!

  • Metrics for usage statistics
  • Auto Updater (connecting to for updating checking)
    • can be disabled if you switch autoUpdater to false in the config.yml


See the config here!
(Fully commented!)


You can find a list of permissions and creatures here!


Only the bukkit permissions are supported!
I highly recommend that you use a plugin for permissions like bPermissions
If no permission system is found, all commands are for OPs only!

If you suffix a mob name with egg you will receive an egg instead.

/ss help - Displays the help menu.
/ss list|all - Displays all available creatures.
/ss view - Displays information about the viewed spawner.
/ss reload|rl - Reloads the configuration files.
/ss change|set <newMob> - Changes the spawner you are currently holding or viewing at.
/ss give|add <player> <mob> [amount] - Gives a spawner or egg to the player. Amount is optional.

Localization English (default) by xGhOsTkiLLeRx
Download German by xGhOsTkiLLeRx
Download Dutch by Jeroendedoem
Download Indonesian by smsunarto
Download Norwegian by _Riaz
Download Swedish by Syrianen
Download Italian by xMarioAnak

Feel free to share your localizations and they will be added here, just leave a comment with a link to a translated localization.yml!
Thank you for contributing!

Downloads/Source Code/Dev Builds

Development builds of this project can be acquired at the provided continuous integration server. These builds have not been approved by the BukkitDev staff. Use them at your own risk. (Latest dev builds/bleeding edge builds) - - Dev builds from Jenkins (Source code hosted on Github) - - Source Code

Future Plans (a.k.a. ToDo)

Make sure to take a look at the always up to date ToDo!

Known Bugs

  • If sign shops are not working, you may want to try my custom sign shop addon:
  • Mobs like Ghasts or Giants are too big for the spawner, this a Minecraft bug and I can't fix that
  • Some older Essentials versions/ports are not updated properly for 1.8. There is a maintained fork called EssentialsX you should try.
    • You can find the source here: GitHub
    • And the download from Jenkins here: Jenkins

Technical Details

You can find more information here!


SilkSpawners is equipped with an API. You can find more information here!


Version 3.7.2

  • Added support for Minecraft 1.9.4
  • Implement BossBar for 1.9 without BarAPI dependency (vanillaBossBar)
  • Added proper support for main and off hands in 1.9
  • Added support for newlines in messages, see YAML syntax how to make a linebreak (
  • Added new SilkSpawnersSpawnerBreakEvent and SilkSpawnersSpawnerPlaceEvent APIs
  • Fixed an issue that occured while crafting
  • Fixed an issue that allowed duplication of spawn eggs
  • Fixed an issue that prevented spawn eggs from changing via /ss
  • Fixed wrong translation message displayed for /ss change
  • Code refactorings :)

Version 3.7.1

  • Fixed issue that changed spawners after the first spawn to pigs
  • Fixed spawn eggs for Minecraft 1.9 (respect NBT data)
  • Fixed issue that prevented spawners from being crafted if the egg was not obtained via SilkSpawners
  • Display the amount of given spawners or eggs in message
  • Added set alias to change command (/ss change|set <newMob>)

Long changelog


@mushroomhostage for his awesome plugin! I'm glad you allowed me to maintain it!
Thanks to all the testers with the 3.0 dev versions!


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I worked really hard on this plugin and I'm very happy about any donation.
Support me & buy me some beer, this makes me happy and keeps me interested in this plugin.
Donation chain: -> I receive some money -> Buy coffee -> Work longer -> Faster Updates -> Your benefit!

There is a button on top of this page (right to the different tabs)

I'm accepting bitcoins, too! :)
Address: 1NnrRgdy7CfiYN63vKHiypSi3MSctCP55C


This plugin is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license!

Information about the data usage collection Metrics

Disabling Metrics
The file ../plugins/Plugin Metrics/config.yml contains an option to opt-out

The following data is read from the server in some way or another

  • File Contents of plugins/Plugin Metrics/config.yml (created if not existent)
  • Players currently online (not max player count)
  • Server version string (the same version string you see in /version)
  • Plugin version of the metrics-supported plugin
  • Mineshafter status - it does not properly propagate Metrics requests however it is a very simple check and does not read the filesystem

The following data is sent to and can be seen under

  • Metrics revision of the implementing class
  • Server's GUID
  • Players currently online (not max player count)
  • Server version string (the same version string you see in /version)
  • Plugin version of the metrics-supported plugin

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  • Avatar of meytroCURSE meytroCURSE May 25, 2016 at 11:53 UTC - 0 likes

    Did you already think about adding a feature which moves the spawners directly into the inventory of the player who is breaking the spawner? That would help every Skyblock server because players have the habit to lose spawners all the time while breaking ;)

  • Avatar of MrJordan9821 MrJordan9821 May 19, 2016 at 10:02 UTC - 0 likes

    @xGh0sTkiLLeRx: Go

    Do you think you could make a option to disable silk spawners in certain wolves? I Plan to launch a new world friday (tomorrow) but the world has custom terrain and has way to many spawners... So do you think you can add a option to disable silk spawners in certain worlds please :)?

  • Avatar of xGh0sTkiLLeRx xGh0sTkiLLeRx May 14, 2016 at 15:37 UTC - 0 likes

    @Dillzzzzz: Go

    Make a ticket and provide error logs please.

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  • Avatar of Dillzzzzz Dillzzzzz May 12, 2016 at 21:07 UTC - 0 likes

    I seem to get errors in the newer versions for Paper Spigot

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  • Avatar of SmallSansSerif SmallSansSerif May 10, 2016 at 23:08 UTC - 0 likes

    @xGh0sTkiLLeRx: Go


  • Avatar of xGh0sTkiLLeRx xGh0sTkiLLeRx May 10, 2016 at 22:39 UTC - 0 likes

    @SmallSansSerif: Go

    Update is awaiting approval :)

    @AdamTragedy: Go

    3.7.2 fixes this issue.

  • Avatar of SmallSansSerif SmallSansSerif May 10, 2016 at 20:00 UTC - 0 likes

    Please update to 1.9.4 when you are able. Thank you!

  • Avatar of AdamTragedy AdamTragedy May 01, 2016 at 16:09 UTC - 0 likes

    Errors spamming my console. Been using SS for a while now...just now seeing these pop up. Most recent version of Spigot 1.9.2 (0 versions behind), and SS version 3.7.2-SNAPSHOT-b334


    Updated to b335 (latest on Jenkins), and now get this error spamming my console:

    Last edited May 01, 2016 by AdamTragedy
  • Avatar of xGh0sTkiLLeRx xGh0sTkiLLeRx May 01, 2016 at 15:35 UTC - 0 likes

    @Poky83: Go

    Well it's not a SilkSpawners issue though, since the Slimes that spawn are spawned like the should spawn naturally - maybe another plugin is messing/changing how mobs behave?

    @MrMonkeyPants344: Go

    Essentials is broken since 1.8. You might try EssentialsX or my sign shop addon (paid)

  • Avatar of MrMonkeyPants344 MrMonkeyPants344 Apr 30, 2016 at 00:08 UTC - 0 likes

    Im wanting to use Essentials Signs to sell spawners. How can I do this? I try 52:99 for Iron Golem but it comes out has pig, anyhelp?


Date created
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Last update
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