SilkSpawners - Harvest mob spawners with silk touch

Version v3.7.3

Thanks for more than 788 thousand downloads!

A sign shop addon for buying and selling spawners can be found 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 1.10
  • 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 3.7.3

  • Added support for Minecraft 1.10
  • Added missing translation
  • Minor code improvements

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 :)

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!


Feel free to use this banner!! :)

Statistics (from MCStats)


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 Jake82102 Jake82102 Aug 13, 2016 at 01:59 UTC - 0 likes

    Is it possible to disable drops for naturally spawned spawners?

  • Avatar of xGh0sTkiLLeRx xGh0sTkiLLeRx Aug 09, 2016 at 07:13 UTC - 0 likes

    @bertek41: Go

    Ask ChestShop or Shopkeeper for support, they need to read the correct NBT tag(s)

    Server | Twitter | Github

    Donations are very appreciated!

  • Avatar of bertek41 bertek41 Aug 08, 2016 at 17:02 UTC - 0 likes

    I can't sell spawners in chestshop or shopkeeper plugins

  • Avatar of HDNick HDNick Jul 31, 2016 at 17:34 UTC - 0 likes

    I'm trying to use MythicMobs to allow users to get spawners from bosses, but when the boss drops the spawner and it gets placed it turns into the default spawner because it's "invalid"

    Here's the part in the MythicMobs:

  • Avatar of xGh0sTkiLLeRx xGh0sTkiLLeRx Jul 28, 2016 at 20:18 UTC - 0 likes

    SilkSpawners now has a GItter chat, where you can ask your questions:

  • Avatar of xGh0sTkiLLeRx xGh0sTkiLLeRx Jul 21, 2016 at 23:05 UTC - 1 like

    @Arcaleus: Go

    Thanks for the hint with PaperSpigot. I'll examine what's causing the issue(s).

  • Avatar of Arcaleus Arcaleus Jul 21, 2016 at 14:09 UTC - 0 likes

    Hey Ghost!

    Similar to Kiki below, running paperspigot. Players can change spawners with an egg -> mine the spawner -> place the spawner back down (things are fine at this stage) but then, when mined the second time, turn in to pig spawners without fail.

    Using Paper version git-Paper-799 (MC:1.10.2) (Implementing API version 1.10.2-R0.1-SNAPSHOT)

    Using Silkspawners 3.7.3

    need any more info? Thanks in advance :)

    edit: Just tried removing paper and running on Version: git-Spigot-6016ac7-10c10b3 (MC: 1.10) (Implementing API version 1.10-r0.1-SNAPSHOT) spawners work perfectly fine, so must be something with paper (or with 1.10.2, but this version of paper runs on the base of 1.10 spigot -which we need to use because another plugin doesn't work properly on 1.10.2 due to the stricter NBT checks on playerheads haha-).

    PS: just wanted to note to any readers i've been using this plugin flawlessly for ages and it's fantastic, this is the first issue i've had.

    Last edited Jul 21, 2016 by Arcaleus
  • Avatar of xGh0sTkiLLeRx xGh0sTkiLLeRx Jul 18, 2016 at 20:51 UTC - 0 likes

    @ServerMiner: Go

    Thanks a lot for the video!

  • Avatar of ServerMiner ServerMiner Jul 17, 2016 at 14:41 UTC - 1 like

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  • Avatar of cookipieman27 cookipieman27 Jul 01, 2016 at 02:53 UTC - 0 likes

    When other players with permission try to place spawners it says cant place spawnwers in this world i've tried everything I could and also btw im using the latest version