Setting Up Gradle

Using SpongeGradle

Using SpongeGradle is very simple and allows you to minimize the necessary Gradle configuration for setting up a Sponge plugin on Gradle. Additionally, it provides integration for Plugin Metadata, such as automatically contributing the group, project name, version and description defined in your build script to the built plugin, so you only need to update your plugin version in one file.


Most problems are caused by attempting to use an outdated Gradle version. We recommend using the latest Gradle version together with SpongeGradle. The Gradle section of the build systems page explains how to setup Gradle on your computer.

Below is a simple template that should be usable for most plugins. Make sure to replace the group with the group ID you have chosen before.

plugins {
    id 'java-library'
    id("org.spongepowered.plugin") version '0.11.3'

// This may not be required, but has solved issues in the past
compileJava.options.encoding = 'UTF-8'

// TODO: Change the following to match your information
group = 'com.example'
version = '1.0.0-SNAPSHOT'
description = 'Here lies an example plugin definition'

repositories {

sponge {
    loader {
    plugin("**plugin Id**") {
        displayName("**Plugin Name**")
        entrypoint("**Plugin Entrypoint**")
        description("**Plugin Description**")
        dependency("spongeapi") {

These few lines handle most settings you would normally do manually:

  • Basic Gradle Java setup

  • Add Sponge’s Maven repository (and Maven Central)

  • Set up a plugin with the project name in lower case as plugin ID

  • Automatically includes the project name, description and version in Plugin Metadata.

Without SpongeGradle


We recommend using SpongeGradle for Gradle plugins since it will provide additional Gradle integration for Sponge plugins.

Generally, everything necessary to compile a Sponge plugin using Gradle can be done by simply adding the SpongeAPI dependency to your project:

repositories {
    maven {
        name = 'sponge-repo'
        url = ''

dependencies {
    compile 'org.spongepowered:spongeapi:8.0.0'