Installing SpongeVanilla

SpongeVanilla is a vanilla implementation of the Sponge API as a stand-alone server.


SpongeVanilla is an implementation of the Sponge API that is created by patching the vanilla Minecraft server. This means it is a stand-alone server, and does not utilise nor require Minecraft Forge or Forge mod loader (FML). SpongeVanilla is being developed in parallel to the Forge version of Sponge, as an alternative platform for users who do not want to run a Forge server. Originally started as an independent project and named Granite, by developers AzureusNation and VoltaSalt, the SpongeVanilla team officially joined the Sponge development team in March 2015.


Grab your copy of Sponge Vanilla here.

Installing SpongeVanilla


If you use (or are planning to use) a game server host, they may have a control panel that can install Sponge for you.


When using the Mojang installer, Mojang makes use of their own Java version and not the one you installed on your system. The installer currently ships with Java 1.8.0_25 for Windows and 1.8.0_60 for macOS. Note that Sponge requires at least 1.8.0_40 or above to run properly. You can grab that Launcher on the official Minecraft download page. Please make sure to configure it to use an up to date version of Java. As an alternative you can download a Launcher without an (outdated) Java from here. Read our documentation on how to install and configure Java.

SpongeVanilla only works as a dedicated server.

  1. Download the SpongeVanilla .jar from the Sponge website.
  2. Run it via command line: java -jar spongevanilla-whatever.jar
  3. Set up Port Forwarding to ensure others can connect.


Don’t double-click the .jar file, as it will start the server without a window to control it!