What is spectate?

Spectate allows you to watch players from their point of view, simply by typing in /spectate (player). You will see exactly what they see, and they'll never know you were watching them.

You can also watch them from different angles. There's Third Person, Third Person Front (looking at their face), and Freeroam (you can walk freely around and watch them from any angle).

There's also "Scroll" mode and "Scan" mode. Scroll mode allows you to right and left click to change between players, and Scan mode will change the player you're spectating every few seconds (you can set how long until it switches to the next person).

There's also an API, which allows developers to take control of the entire plugin.

To see a full list of everything you can do with Spectate, head over to the Commands page.

Spectate has undergone a complete rewrite.

Please make sure your permissions are up to date, and please report any bugs on the tickets page.

Spectate 2.0 is here!

2.0 includes:

- A complete rewrite of the entire plugin from the ground up.
- Lots of bugs fixes!
- Spectate is now compatible with Multiverse Inventories.
- A fresh new API that lets developers control the ENTIRE plugin!

And some new features:

- A new spectate angle, Third Person Front mode! Now you can watch the player you're spectating while looking at their face. What more could you ask for?
- Another new spectate angle, Free Roam mode! Now you can walk around like a ghost while still viewing their inventory. Spooky!
- You can now see the gamemode and XP of the player you're spectating!
- If you were invisible before spectating, you will still be invisible when you stop spectating.

And many more features I forgot to write down!

So what are you waiting for? Download the plugin for the complete Spectating experience today!

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  • Avatar of diannetea diannetea Jan 27, 2014 at 21:59 UTC - 0 likes

    My admin occasionally get stuck invisible after spectating someone. There is no real way to reproduce it, it's just random.

  • Avatar of MUNNNATHAN MUNNNATHAN Jan 23, 2014 at 03:03 UTC - 0 likes

    could you add multiworld support so you can disable in certain worlds also could you maybe add a sign that looks like this minus the (): [spectate] (worldname) (scan/scroll) (view)

  • Avatar of joshwenke joshwenke Jan 20, 2014 at 21:10 UTC - 0 likes

    @Mirreducki: Go

    An option to disable the messages would be great!

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  • Avatar of revcraft revcraft Jan 20, 2014 at 18:09 UTC - 0 likes

    Hello, The plugin is awesome, I love using it (especially scan). It is notable that spectator will move jerky and I know it is hard to solve this issue. However, you may set the spectator's motion AND his position in order to make smoother transitions. I know this will require more math work...

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  • Avatar of Mirreducki Mirreducki Jan 12, 2014 at 15:43 UTC - 1 like

    Hello, I have done a little addon to the plugin Skript and my addon hooks into your Plugin. (However it's not complete yet)

    You can create custom scripts with Skript and i am wondering can you add an option in the config which disables the messages when spectating like the "You are now spectating Mirreducki". Since in Skript you may want to create your own messages instead:)

    This plugin is awsome btw:)

  • Avatar of diannetea diannetea Jan 11, 2014 at 19:41 UTC - 0 likes

    Can you make spectate reload configurable to OP only or permission? I don't allow OP on my server and only use permissions :(

  • Avatar of pandapipino pandapipino Dec 28, 2013 at 16:30 UTC - 0 likes

    Can we have spectating in specific worlds only? I was thinking of streaming my spectate using twitch with specific worlds only. Thanks


  • Avatar of TheDavroar TheDavroar Dec 08, 2013 at 11:02 UTC - 0 likes

    @lst96: Go

    I don't think so, because xray is a mod and a plugin cant 'modify' things. Because XRay temporary changes te textures of stone etc.

    Maybe it works if you have xray installed yourself, but I don't think so, maybe test it out with a friend?

  • Avatar of lst96 lst96 Dec 04, 2013 at 01:07 UTC - 0 likes

    Could this be used to see if a player is using x-ray?

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  • Avatar of Chipmunk9998 Chipmunk9998 Dec 02, 2013 at 01:45 UTC - 0 likes

    @Yoshifan95: Go

    Go check out my Replay plugin. It's going to do exactly that, play back player positions through NPCs. And I'm going to integrate it with Spectate for a killcam effect. I'm about 40% done with the plugin, but it should be finished soon. :)


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