Big Doors Minecraft Plugin
By Dalton Whalen
Doors are a staple part of the Minecraft server experience, whether you are building in creative or staying safe from monsters in survival. While there are numerous types of doors, they are generally limited to either being a block or two wide. Normally, the only way to have larger doors is with redstone contraptions, which are oftentimes too complicated for most players. This issue is solved with Big Doors, a Minecraft plugin that allows you to create a variety of large animated doors. Whether you make large swinging doors, drawbridges, or more, there are tons of options available to you. Installing plugins is streamlined with our Apex Hosting panel, so we have created this tutorial to help you get started.
Big Doors Download
- Visit the Big Doors Spigot page.
- Press the blue
Download Nowbutton in the top-right.
- Save the file to a safe location, as it will be needed shortly.
- Navigate to the Apex panel page, then stop the server.
- Scroll down to the
Game Filesection and open the dropdown menu.
- Ensure the server is running a plugin-compatible version, such as PaperMC or Spigot.
- Afterwards, enter the
FTP File Accessin the left-hand menu and log in.
- Access the
pluginsfolder, then press
Uploadin the top-left.
- Drag + drop the Big Doors .jar file into the right-hand side.
- Once at 100%, return to the main panel page, then restart the server.
How to Get Started
Upon joining your server, you may receive a resource pack prompt for the plugin. Press
Yes to automatically download and load it, then you’re ready to begin creating your first big door.
Creating a New Door
To start, use the /bdm command from in-game to open the Big Doors menu. This menu will allow you to create a variety of animated doors, view any of your own doors, and change the sorting method for the aforementioned options. At the time of writing there are 4 doors to choose from, but we advise starting with the basic
New Door option.
You will first be prompted to use the /namedoor [Name] command. Replace
[Name] with your desired door name, then press
Next, you will be given a selection tool and will need to select the outer corners of your door. Highlight the first corner using left-click, then do the name using the opposite corner. For some door types, you will also be asked to select the hinge, which chooses where the door will open and in which direction.
You can now use the /opendoor [Name] and /closedoor [Name] commands to allow your door to open and close, replacing
[Name] with the one chosen earlier.
At the time of writing, there are 4 types of doors that can be created, each with their own unique style. There are more doors that are currently in development and are planned for later releases.
Swings open using a hinge in a single direction. Useful for large castle doors or simply to give more style to your base.
A door that will slide sideways using whichever space is available. This may be useful for futuristic builds.
As the name suggests, the drawbridge is a bridge that will open upwards. This will be excellent for castle moats or just for a canal.
The portcullis a vertically-sliding door that will move up and down when toggled. Useful for medieval builds or traps.
GUI Menu Options
After creating a door, you can return to the /bdm area to view and select any created doors. This will open a sub-menu that has several options to toggle or adjust. This can be used to lock your door, set an auto-close timer, add another owner, and much more. To check what a setting does, highlight the icon to receive a tooltip description.
Notable Commands and Permissions
These are a few notable commands and their permissions that you may want to configure using a plugin like LuckPerms. For a full list of user and admin commands, visit the Commands and Permissions section on the plugin’s Spigot page.
|N/A||bigdoors.user.*||Grants all user commands used to create and modify a door.|
|N/A||bigdoors.own.[#]||How many doors a player can own, replacing [#] with the number.|
|/pausedoors||bigdoors.admin.pausedoors||Toggles pausing all doors from functioning.|
|/stopdoors||bigdoors.admin.stopdoors||Forces all currently-moving doors to finish.|
|/unlockdoor [Name]||bigdoors.admin.unlockdoor||Unlock a desired door, even if you do not own it.|
|/killbigdoorsentities||bigdoors.admin.killbigdoorsentities||Kills any entities leftover from the plugin.|
|/bigdoors version||bigdoors.admin.version||Lists the version of the plugin or dev build number if applicable.|
|/bigdoors restart||bigdoors.admin.restart||Restarts the plugin, reinitializing the config, translation, and more.|
If the commands are not recognized, first try to use the
/plugins command from in-game. If Big Doors is not listed, verify that the .jar file was uploaded directly into the plugins folder, as it cannot be detected anywhere else. Alternatively if the
/plugins command does not work, verify that you are running a plugin-compatible version. Once these changes have been made, restart the server and try again.
If you made an error when creating a door, you may be able to fix it by entering the
/bdm GUI and clicking the specific door’s submenu. Here you can attempt to change the swing direction or more. Otherwise, you can press the
Delete option, then confirm the door’s deletion. Once it is removed, you can recreate it to achieve your desired results.