Skript is a plugin that allows you to customize Minecraft's mechanics with simple scripts written in plain English sentences. You can easily create complex custom commands, triggers that execute effects under certain conditions, and scripts that just run periodically - all without having to know even the slightest bit about programming! The (hopefully) intuitive language has the advantage that you don't even need to learn much to be able to use Skript.
To get an idea of what is possible with Skript consider taking a look at the scripts forum where users of this plugin share the scripts they have written themselves, improving their servers without the need for a plugin developer. Skript can also be used to replace smaller plugins, allowing you to shorten your likely long plugin list. An incomplete list of replaceable plugins can be found on the replacers forum.
- The latest version of Skript is 2.0.2 (1 October 2013)
To write a script you simply have to write down what you want Skript to do when some conditions are met. This is a simple 'event → condition(s) → effect(s)' syntax, which could look like the following example:
# This example informs the player when he mines stone on mine of stone: send "You just mined stone!" to player
Each script can contain many so-called triggers which each start with an event and have a list of as many conditions and effects as you want. The event determines when the conditions are checked, and if all are met, the effects are executed in order. Take a look at the following example which has everything:
# A simple lightning strike/smite/Thor's hammer script: # the trigger has an event: on leftclick with a golden axe: # a condition: player has the permission "thor" # and some effects: strike lightning at the targeted block broadcast "Fear the mighty Thor!"
Custom commands can be defined similarly, e.g. the following defines a powerful '
/item' command that can be used like '
/item 5 diamond swords of sharpness 5 and a cake':
command /item <items>: description: Spawn yourself some items permission: skript.item trigger: give argument to the player
Furthermore Skript also features more complex script elements like loops and conditional statements, which are described in the documentation. Skript also supports variables that can persistently store information globally, per player, per block, etc., and has a wide range of expressions that you can use in conditions, effects, messages and variable names.
A notable feature of Skript are aliases, which are names for Minecraft's items and blocks. Each alias can consist of multiple IDs and data values and allow you to use any item's or block's name in scripts instead of having to use their IDs like many plugins force you to. Along with the ability to define enchanted items you can create some of the possibly most powerful '/item' commands for Bukkit with just a few lines! (two example commands are included in the download)
You can always ask for help on the forums, though it can be faster for you and easier for me if you first look through the available tutorials and examples.
If you get many "indentation error"s or "invalid line" errors you should read this explanation to understand what indentation is all about.
If you're new to Skript you should read the basic tutorial. It explains how to write a new script step by step.
In the likely case that the basic tutorial was too short you can read the more exhaustive tutorial by DemonPenguin.
There are also some more official tutorials as well as user-created ones on the tutorials forum.
To learn more about writing scripts please read the documentation on my website. There are also lists of all possible events, conditions, effects, expressions and types with examples for each of them.
- Njol: Manager & programmer of Skript
- DemonPenguin: Wrote some tutorials and moderates the forums
- mazius123: Submits tons of bug reports
- MegaNarwhal: Made the old Skript banner and a signature image
- Natural syntax
- As you might already have noticed writing scripts is not very difficult. You can write (almost) normal english sentences and Skript will try to interpret them. If Skript doesn't understand something, please check your spelling and/or refer to the documentation to find out how to write your sentence to make Skript understand it.
- Custom Commands
- Skript can be used to define custom commands. These commands can use Skript's syntax which allows to make very user-friendly commands, like one of the most powerful /item commands available, and any other command you or others come up with. Skript also has a setting to try to interpret all unknown commands as effects. This basically allows to use any effects you can put into triggers as a command.
- A short introdution on how to create custom commands can be found on my website.
- Please note that Skript is not well suited for creating aliases of other plugins' commands or for creating a command that executes multiple other commands. I suggest to use Commander or some other plugin for this purpose.
- Independent Scripts
- Triggers can be put into multiple files, and each file is treated independently. This means that you can easily use triggers made by other people by simply copy&pasting their files into the scripts directory. Scripts are thus like small plugins for Skript with the advantage of being able to edit them easily.
- You can find some scripts on the forums, and you can also post your own. Please read the Guidelines before posting a file.
- Item and Block Aliases
- Aliases help to make the config more user-friendly by using comprehensive names for items and blocks, e.g. you can write '
bonemeal' instead of '
351:15', or '
any hoe' instead of listing all hoe types. Aliases support data value ranges and can even consist of multiple types. You can easily define your own aliases, e.g. '
blacklisted = TNT, bedrock, obsidian, monster spawner, lava, lava bucket' and there are also many useful predefined aliases in the main config.
- Error Handling
- Skript automatically logs errors in the scripts to the console, e.g. if it can't understand a line of a trigger. It will not cease operation, but simply skip the invalid parts of the scripts, be it a whole trigger (e.g. if the event is invalid) or just a single condition (e.g. if there's a typo in the condition's name). This might lead to unexpected behaviour, so always check for errors in the console after you have changed something.
- If you use the '
/skript reload' command all errors will be sent to the player who used the command (or printed to the console if the command was used from there).
- Automatic Update
- Skript can detect new versions and update itself, either by a command (
/skript update) or automatically when the server starts. You can turn the automatic check on or off, configure whether to check for updates only, and choose whether to download them as well in the config file. If a new version is found, all players with the permission '
skript.admin' will get notified of the new version.
- Java developers can add their own conditions, effects and variables using a provided API.
- More events/effects/conditions/expressions/loops/etc.
- I'm always looking for ideas ;)
- Triggers which are executed when a player presses a specific button, steps on a predefined pressure plate, etc.
- This sounds awesome but will definitely take a while.
- Full list of planned features:
- What I'm currently working on:
Skript works without permissions plugins, but It also provides some permission in case you use one:
- Grants access to the
- Allows to use effects as commands if effect commands are enabled in the config.
You can also use the '
<player> has/doesn't have the permission "permission.here"' condition in scripts to check whether a player has/doesn't have a certain permission. You can even create your own permissions this way, but you should note that "
mypermissions.*" does not give all permission that start with "
mypermissions." (The exception to this rule are other plugins' "
*" permissions and any permissions starting with "
To install or update Skript, download the latest Skript.jar and save it in your server's plugin directory. If you're installing Skript for the first time, start & stop your server once to generate the config files and some example scripts.
The source code can be found on github.
If you like the plugin feel free to make a donation :)
- 2.0.2 (1 October 2013)
- Fixed looping items in an inventory (again)
- Humanoid mobs can now be equipped with armour & weapons
- Made '/skript update changes' display all versions in a row, instead of each one separately
- Skript now automatically generates the config, the aliases files, and the example scripts when it's first loaded
- Updated MCStats
- Invalid format strings now produce an error message
- 2.0.1 (28 September 2013)
- Fixed a bug with the updater caused by finally using a stable version
- Fixed removing all xp from an entity's drops
- Fixed looping items in an inventory, and also made the looped items changeable
- Fixed command's 'permission message' and 'usage' not replacing english <chat styles>
- 2.0 (15 September 2013)
- please note that this is the changelog from version 1.4.9 to 2.0, i.e. most features aren't new if you were using the beta versions.
- New effects: colour armour, enchant, log, open inventory, parse, potion, replace, shear, and vehicle
- New conditions: contains, damage cause, date, is alive, is blocking, is empty, is riding
- New expressions: amount of, bed, chunk, coloured, command, command sender, compass target, damage cause, direction, element, enchantment level, ender chest, exe location, hash, item, items in, level, level progress, location of, location at, max health, named, parse, parse error, passenger, remaining air, round, script, skull, speed, value, vehicle, version, yaw/pitch, at
- New events: command, entity target, experience spawn, grow, move on, script load/unload, Skript enable/disable
- New types: type, timespan, direction, tree type, enchantment type, experience, potion effect type, damage cause, chunk, enchantment
- New script features: while loop, expression lists, grouped expressions
- (see documentation for more info on the new elements above)
- Skript now updates automatically if specified in the config, or by commands
- Started making Skript localizeable, german is included in the default download
- Added option 'case sensitive'
- Variables can be stored in a database which can also be monitored for changes
- Added saddled pigs and wither skeletons
- Skript can now hook into other plugins. Currently Vault, WorldGuard and Factions can be hooked and add the following new elements if present: type 'money', expression 'money', expression 'chat prefix/suffix', condition 'can build'
- Improved error logging
- The /skript command now accept folders as arguments (use / or \ at the end) to enable/disable/reload whole folders of scripts
- Local variables now start with _ instead of *
- Variables can now be lists (including local variables)
- Variables that contain a time or date value can now be changed
- Improved changing variables
- %player% now always represents the Minecraft account name of a player, not their display name anymore. Use %display name of player% if you need it.
- ... and many more changes I can't remember
- Fixed number accuracy of 0 resulting in errors
- Fixed database storage from stopping from an error if loading variables takes longer than 'monitor interval'
- Fixed Minecraft times from comparing erroneously
- ... and myriads of other bug fixes
Older changelog can be found in the respective files.
Please don't use the comments to ask questions, report a bug or issue, or suggest a new feature, as comments can get extremely unorganized very quickly.
Use the help forum instead if you have a question, the suggestions forum for feature requests, or create a ticket to submit a bug report.
- Date created
- Sep 14, 2011
- Last update
- Sep 30, 2013
- Development stage
- GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
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