API-Versions

This page explains which API versions exist, and to which Minecraft version their implementations belong.

API-Version Release Date End of Support Known Implementations (Minecraft Version)
8.0.0 TBA TBA
  • SpongeForge (1.13.x)
  • SpongeVanilla (1.13.x)
7.1.0 Sep 6, 2018 TBA
  • SpongeForge (1.12.2)
  • SpongeVanilla (1.12.2)
7.0.0 Jan 1, 2018 TBA
  • SpongeForge (1.12.2)
  • SpongeVanilla (1.12.2)
6.0.0 May 2, 2017 Dec 31, 2017
  • SpongeForge (1.11.2)
  • SpongeVanilla (1.11.2)
5.1.0 Feb 25, 2017 Dec 31, 2017
  • SpongeForge (1.10.2)
  • SpongeVanilla (1.10.2)

It is recommended to always update to the latest stable version of the API or to an LTS version.

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You may still choose to develop and release plugins against versions that have reached the end of support, but the Sponge team will not provide bug fixes or features to unsupported builds.

Getting the API Version from Implementations

Getting it from the Jar

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The version string in SpongeForge & SpongeVanilla is currently flawed, it currently has a minor version number referring to unreleased API versions, and is planned to be fixed going forward in some future update.

As we follow SemVer, changes in 7.1.0 should be backwards compatible with 7.0.0, as such, we often ship SpongeForge & SpongeVanilla with preview implementations of the upcoming API release.

The API contained within the preview API builds can and will change before it’s released, so for plugin compatibility sake, it’s best to use plugins for the latest stable released API, and not the API preview versions.

As such, if the API version number in the filename points to 7.2.0 but 7.2.0 is not yet announced to be released, you should use plugins built against 7.1.0 unless specifically testing new functionality as asked by plugin devs, or you are willing to put up with small breakages occasionally for the sake of new features.

This WILL be fixed in the near future. When this happens the Version number of SpongeForge & SpongeVanilla will no longer reference unreleased SpongeAPI minor versions, but will still ship previews of the next minor API for testing purposes.

Major API version bumps will be reserved for the experimental / bleeding builds, and will be very explicit as their major version number will be different.

Getting the Minecraft Version from Implementations

Getting it from the Sources

  • For SpongeForge or SpongeVanilla:

    Go to the referenced SpongeCommon repository and check the gradle.properties in the project root. It contains an entry with the minecraftVersion.

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    The same works for the mcpMappings version.

  • For SpongeVanilla (only):

    Check the gradle.properties in the project root. It contains an entry with the minecraftVersion.