Sky Writer Montage


Now with font selection!

Version: v1.1

Tested On: 1.3.1-R2.0

The SkyWriter plugin allows you to write a message in the sky! Initially, the cloud message appears crisp and blue, but as time passes the cloud disperses and changes color until it finally disappears completely.

There is one... well, now there are (sort of) two commands to use Skywriter. Additional features are enabled by adding switches to the command line, unix style.

To write a message, use:

/skywrite [-speed n] [-block b] [-loc x,z] [-upright] [-perm] [-world world] message...

Switch descriptions:

  • n is scaling for the speed of dispersing (i.e. 2 = 2x slower, etc)
  • b is the name or id of the material for the cloud
  • x,z are the x and z coordinates to be drawn at
  • world is the world in which the message is to be drawn (only for console use)
  • -upright draws the message banner style, perpendicular to the ground
  • -perm makes the message permanent (it won't go away when the plugin is stopped)

All the switches can be abbreviated with a single letter, i.e. you can use -s for -speed, etc.

To change the font you are writing with, use:

/skywrite -f fontname

Initially, Skywriter will use its default, built-in (and, some would say, ugly) font. You can change this by setting the font to any of the fonts available on the server system. Note that the font name can, and often does, contain spaces. If you enter a font name that is not available, Skywriter will list the fonts available that start with the same letter.

By default, the start of the words appear where you are looking in the sky, just below the actual Minecraft cloud level. Note that you must be looking up to where you want the message to appear.

The command can also be used from the console, as long as the x,z location of the message is specified.

By default, the cloud messages are formed of different colors of wool. SkyWriter will only replace empty space with a cloud message block, and will erase the cloud message blocks over time until they completely disappear.


  • skywriter.use: Allows you to use the skywrite command
  • skywriter.location: Allows the message to be placed at a specified x,z location
  • skywriter.speed: Allows the speed of message dispersal to be changed
  • skywriter.permanent: Allows the message to be permanent (not disperse)
  • skywriter.material: Allows the block type of the message to be specified

Any suggestions on features are welcome and encouraged!

Source code is on Github

Sky Writer Montage

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  • Avatar of lillysdad lillysdad Apr 28, 2015 at 11:07 UTC - 0 likes

    Works fine on 1.7.10 cauldron feed the beast v1.2.1 THANKYOU SO MUCH!!!! Exactly what i was looking for

  • Avatar of BroDanCha BroDanCha Aug 06, 2013 at 13:08 UTC - 0 likes

    Just downloaded. Works for me with 1.6.2.

  • Avatar of BloodyChucklz BloodyChucklz May 06, 2013 at 06:03 UTC - 0 likes

    Confirmed still working with 1.5.1

  • Avatar of sandal25 sandal25 Jan 17, 2013 at 00:46 UTC - 0 likes

    Where can i get the beta version? IS this plugin currently working for 1.4.6-7 ?


  • Avatar of harryjamesuk harryjamesuk Dec 26, 2012 at 11:21 UTC - 0 likes

    Error using 1.4.6 Beta Build -

  • Avatar of Jason0123 Jason0123 Oct 06, 2012 at 04:21 UTC - 0 likes

    One problem I am having, the skywrite text is not at all protected and can easily be destroyed, meaning an infinite source of wool if you have the write permission which I plan to give to my users. Could you add some sort of protection until the text finishes decaying? Just to avoid the text being destroyed by things like enderman, tnt, people. In fact I'm not too concerned about the text being destroyed, as long as there are no drops.

  • Avatar of challenger1p challenger1p Sep 15, 2012 at 16:19 UTC - 0 likes

    @CaptainJohnnyBlu - Wow, this is one of those rare occurrences when what you are asking for is already in the new version of the plugin! I didn't get a chance to update the documentation until now - see the new command "/skywrite -f fontname" to set the font. Thanks for your support!

    @Japven - Now, when you set the font to one of the fonts supported by the server, you'll have access to all of the characters, not just the limited set in the built-in font. ... I didn't understand what you meant by "image from the url" - can you describe in more detail what you are looking for? Thanks!

    Last edited Sep 15, 2012 by challenger1p
  • Avatar of CaptainJohnnyBlu CaptainJohnnyBlu Sep 15, 2012 at 15:00 UTC - 0 likes

    Font kerning! The spaces between letters can differ greatly and look ugly.

    How about alternate fonts too? Perhaps the plugin could use bitmap font files stored in plugins/SkyWriter/fonts?

    That would be an awesome addition to a pretty awesome plugin. ;D

    JohnnyBlu of Isaiki

  • Avatar of Japven Japven Sep 15, 2012 at 08:50 UTC - 0 likes

    @challenger1p: Go

    Can you add image from the url in the sky? And new characters for text, e.g. "_" "-" "."

    Last edited Sep 15, 2012 by Japven
  • Avatar of Rat_Cat12 Rat_Cat12 Sep 06, 2012 at 15:54 UTC - 0 likes

    1.3 Update?

    This is my signature


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