How to run BuildTools and compile Craftbukkit / Spigot on Windows

Spigot requires you to run their BuildTools.jar to compile their latest updates of their Spigot releases and Craftbukkit. If you're a client, we have already done this for you so you can select the latest updates in your control panel.

  1. Download the latest BuildTools.jar from Spigot and put it in a folder on your desktop, for this we'll put it in a folder called "buildtools".
  2. Install either Java 7 or Java 8 on your PC. If you're able to play Minecraft, you already have Java, but you need Java 7 or Java 8, Java 6 will not work. You can download Java 8 by going to the Oracle Java 8 JRE download site, then click "Accept License Agreement" and download the "Windows x64" .EXE version and install it.
  3. Once you have Java installed we need to download and install Git, visit Git for Windows and download and install the application, keep pressing Next until it's completed.
  4. Open the buildtools folder on your desktop that we created earlier that you put the BuildTools.jar in, then right click the empty area and click 'Git Bash':
  5. This will open the Git Bash window in your current directory, now we can run the BuildTools.jar by running the following command in the Git Bash prompt:
    java -jar BuildTools.jar
    press Enter and it will start downloading the required files and compiling the .jar files.
  6. This process can take anywhere from 5-20 minutes depending on your internet connection as BuildTools will download about 250MB of data, and depending on your hardware. Once it's completed you'll get the following message:
  7. The 'craftbukkit-1.8.jar' and 'spigot-1.8.jar' files will be created in the buildtools folder that the BuildTools.jar is in:

You're done!

This example guide is using a clean install of Windows 8.1 64-bit with Java 8 JRE installed. Results may vary if using older versions. If you're using a Linux operating system all you need to do is install Git and Java, and run the same BuildTools.jar command as above in your SSH session.
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