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PowerTool — Bind commands to items

Originally requested by InflamedSebi in this thread.

PowerTool allows you to bind commands to your in-hand items. Any item may be assigned commands for both left-click and right-click. Bound commands remain until you manually clear the binding.

Please post bugs and/or feature requests as dev.bukkit.org tickets.


  • Bound commands may include special tokens which are appropriately substituted when the item is used. Currently, these are:
Token Description
%p The name of the player you left-clicked or right-clicked.
%x X-coordinate of the block targeted by your crosshairs
%y Y-coordinate of the block targeted by your crosshairs
%z Z-coordinate of the block targeted by your crosshairs
%Y Y-coordinate of the nearest air block above the block targeted by your crosshairs

All of these tokens are configurable.

  • Works in creative mode. Right-clicking and left-clicking players in creative mode will generally work, even when far away (up to 100 blocks).

  • Ability to define global power tools. These are administrator-defined binds that can be made available to whoever you want (based on permissions).

  • Fine-grained control over the use of power tools via permissions.

  • Global power tools may grant temporary permissions or even be run as the console. Needless to say, these features should be used with care.

  • The number of player-created binds may be limited based on group/permission.

  • Items may be further differentiated by custom display name (e.g. when given one via Anvils). Note this option is off by default, enable it in the configuration file.


There's only one command, /powertool which may also be abbreviated /pt or /ptool:

  • /powertool left <the-command-to-bind> — Binds the command (and its arguments) to the left-click action of the current item. The command must not include the first slash. This may also be abbreviated as /powertool l.
  • /powertool right <the-command-to-bind> — Binds the command (and its arguments) to the right-click action of the current item. This may also be abbreviated as /powertool r.
  • /powertool left — With no command to bind, the currently-bound left-click command is cleared from the current item. Use /powertool right to clear the right-click command.
  • /powertool list — Displays all player-defined power tools for the current player.
  • /powertool clear — Clears all bound commands from the current item.
  • /powertool clear <item-id-or-name> — Clears all bound commands from the specified item.
  • /powertool clear -a — Clears all bound commands from all items.
  • /powertool on — Enable power tools for this session (default is on).
  • /powertool off — Disable power tools for this session.
  • /powertool toggle — Toggle power tools availability. Can also be abbreviated as /powertool t.
  • /powertool reload — Re-reads config.yml.


PowerTool only supports Bukkit permissions (aka Superperms). By default, ops have all permissions.

  • powertool.use — Allows the use and creation of power tools. (Has powertool.use.* and powertool.create as child permissions.)
  • powertool.use.* — Allows the use of all power tools.
  • powertool.use.<item-id> — Allows the use of a specific power tool identified by item-id. item-id may be numeric (e.g. 322 for golden apple), or the Bukkit Material name with or without underscores (e.g. GOLDEN_APPLE or GOLDENAPPLE). Note that Bukkit permissions are not case-sensitive, so both powertool.use.golden_apple and powertool.use.GOLDEN_APPLE work fine.
  • powertool.create — Allows the creation of personal power tools. A player must be given this permission in order to use the left/right/list/clear subcommands.
  • powertool.reload — Allows use of /powertool reload

Additionally, per-group power tool limits may be defined using permissions. See the options section in config.yml for details.

Global, Administrator-defined Binds

By editing config.yml, the server administrator can define binds for use by anyone with the powertool.use permission.

For example:

        left-click: plugins
        right-click: version

The item ID ("string" in the above example) may be an integer item ID or a name. If using an integer item ID, you must quote it as a string, e.g. '287' for "string." If using a name, you must use a standard Bukkit material name (found here). For example, for golden apples, you may use one of:

  • 'golden apple' (since it has a space, it must be quoted)
  • goldenapple


  • Promote and demote users using the left-click and right-click actions of the current item:

    /powertool l promote %p

    /powertool r demote %p

  • Bind WorldEdit's copy & paste commands. Remember that many WorldEdit commands normally start with two slashes, but you must always omit the first slash.

    /powertool left /copy

    /powertool right /paste

License & Source

PowerTool is released under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

Sources may be found on GitHub:

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.

To Do

  • Allow setting/clearing global power tools from the command line (for those with the proper permission, of course).
  • Allow player-specific power tools to override global ones.
  • Allow global power tool flags (e.g. run-as-console) to be assigned to each individual action.

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  • Avatar of InflamedSebi InflamedSebi Feb 02, 2012 at 10:12 UTC - 0 likes

    @ZerothAngel: Go

    Hay thx again for doing this and "Thisguy128512" meant, that u change the command syntax from: "/pt <command>" to "/pt </command>" so it can be used as macro for chatting or somethimg:

    "/pt Pease read the rules first!" will get done in the chat:"Pease read the rules first!"

    but this will allow the meber to spam a lot easier ... @Thisguy128512: Go

    if u want it for chattung just use the /say or /broadcast command, so it would have the same effect and its not possible to spam for Members ...

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  • Avatar of ZerothAngel ZerothAngel Oct 18, 2011 at 17:29 UTC - 0 likes

    @Thisguy128512: Go

    I'm not sure I understand, and I'm not familiar with Tiki Toolkit (though if I did know about it, I probably wouldn't have created this :P)

    When you select an equipped item that has commands bound to it, the plugin will let you know what those commands are.

    The only issue right now is that when you swap your current item with a power tool (bound item) from your inventory, nothing is displayed. This is something I'll be looking into in the future.


  • Avatar of Thisguy128512 Thisguy128512 Oct 18, 2011 at 13:30 UTC - 0 likes

    So maybe you could have it so it says what's programmed in, not add a slash to it, like Tiki Toolkit does. Then this would be perfect- bind macros as well as commands, plus it'd be easier to understand the binding for some people.

    Last edited Oct 18, 2011 by Thisguy128512
  • Avatar of scottjpaquette scottjpaquette Oct 08, 2011 at 12:03 UTC - 0 likes

    This is a great idea for a plugin, and once the command bindings can be saved permanently it will be extremely useful to me. I submitted an enhancement ticket as I would love to see permanent bindings added that were server wide so that all users on the server could make use of it once the server admin created the binding. Having this functionality would allow me to get rid of at least three other plugins that I have kludged together to produce a similar effect.


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