The past week has proven to be one of the most important periods of change in the history of Minecraft. If you aren’t already aware, the Bukkit, Spigot, and Cauldron teams received DMCA notices, forcing them to stop serving downloads. As of now, CraftBukkit’s download links have been taken down for all versions – old and new. Spigot and Cauldron (aka MCPC+) were also forced to remove their public download links, essentially preventing tens of thousands of people from updating or starting a server. The reason behind the notices and whether they were justified or not is beyond the scope of this article. Instead of dwelling on what has already happened and cannot be changed, let’s look forward to what might come of these events.
See the official response from Mojang here, response from Spigothere, and Cauldron here.
Sponge and the SpongeAPI are a new platform for running a Minecraft server. Sponge aims to provide a Bukkit/Spout-like API for plugin developers on top of Forge. By doing so, they hope to maintain compatibility with Forge mods and make it easy for Bukkit developers to port their existing plugins over to Sponge. Sponge itself is being led by a number of important and experienced figures in the Minecraft modding and development community, such as sk89q of WorldEdit, Zidane of Spout, AbrarSyed of MinecraftForge, and countless others. Sponge is a promising new project and our best opportunity to move forward from Bukkit, improving on existing developments and leading to a better future for Minecraft servers. Sponge is not ready for use yet, but their team is working hard to make it available as soon as possible.You can check out the project on their website, as well as the SpongePowered GitHub page.
What do I do in the meantime?
Since Sponge is not ready for use yet and you undoubtedly want to continue keeping your server open to your players, the question becomes – how can you keep your Bukkit server open and support Minecraft 1.8? There’s no official Bukkit version for 1.8 yet, however, you can use the latest versions of Spigot to allow both 1.7 and 1.8 clients to connect to your server. This means that 1.8 features won’t work, but your loyal players will still be able to join your server and your existing Bukkit plugins will continue working. Switching to Spigot 1.8 is very easy – just check out our previous post’s instructions.
Will you keep up with Spigot’s new binary patch system?
Yes, and the latest updates are already available under the “Spigot (Latest)” option in Multicraft! We’ve already built the new update system into our backend to allow us to provide timely and automatic updates for Spigot. This means that you’ll have access to the latest version of Spigot within an hour of its release.
What about Cauldron and 1.8?
Unfortunately, the Cauldron project has been discontinued for good. Forge will continue development through Minecraft 1.8, but the last version of Cauldron will be for 1.7.10. Furthermore, Cauldron downloads are not available anymore due to the fact that it contains code from Spigot (and Bukkit). The team here at CubedHost will work to add Forge alternatives to Multicraft in the coming days, and we’ll ensure that Forge 1.8 is available immediately after release. Once Sponge is ready for use, it should be a viable replacement for Cauldron; however, it’s very likely that existing Bukkit plugins will not work with Sponge.