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How to Install the Holographic Displays Plugin

Last modified on Sep 2, 2022 in plugins

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As a Minecraft server owner, relaying information to players is a crucial part of the experience. In vanilla Minecraft you are mostly limited to books or signs in order to give information to others. This changes with the use of Holographic Displays, a plugin that allows you to create and format various floating signs around your world. Whether this is used for displaying welcome messages, play stats, or more, this is all achievable using this plugin. If that is not enough, it can also be used with additional formatting and placeholders from other plugins allowing you to expand your display arsenal. With Apex Hosting, using Holographic Displays is as simple as using our panel uploader, so we have created this tutorial to guide you through these steps.

Downloading Holographic Displays

  1. Navigate to the Holographic Displays Bukkit page.
  2. Near the top, select the Files tab.
    Hologeaphic Displays File
  3. Select the latest download or a specific desired version.
  4. Towards the top-right, select the Download button.
    Hologeaphic Displays Download
  5. Save the .jar file to a safe file, as it will be needed shortly.


Server Installation

  1. Navigate to the Apex Server Panel, then stop the server.
  2. Scroll down to the Game File section, then make note of the version.
    Hologeaphic Displays Version
  3. Ensure the version is plugin-compatible, such as Paper, Spigot, or Tuinity.
  4. Afterwards, enter the FTP File Access in the left-hand menu, then log in.
  5. Locate or create a plugins folder, then enter it.
    Hologeaphic Displays Plugins
  6. Press Upload in the top-left menu, then drag + drop the .jar file.
  7. Once at 100%, return to the main panel page, then restart the server.
    Hologeaphic Displays Upload


Checking Plugin Functionality

Once the server is online, it can be beneficial to check whether or not it is functional. This can save time with diagnosing any issues.

  1. Visit the Apex Panel and ensure the server is online.
  2. In the left-hand menu, enter the Console tab.
    Hologeaphic Displays Console
  3. Within the text box, enter:
  4. pl
  5. Submit the command, then check the console for results
    Hologeaphic Displays Console Check

Plugins (1): HolographicDisplays – This means the plugin is loaded up and ready for use.
Plugins (0): – If this occurs, ensure the plugin was uploaded properly and restart.
Unknown Command: – This usually appears if you are not running a plugin-compatible version.

Once functional, you can now join your server to get started with the plugin!

Creating Your First Hologram

Hologeaphic Displays Create Command

Once you are in-game, the /holo commands can be used to make your first hologram. To get started, format the following command:

/holo create [Name] [Text]

Replace [Name]and [Text] with your desired information, then submit the command.

Hologeaphic Displays Example

If successful, a new hologram will appear at your feet, which can be viewed from any angle by any player.

Relocating the Hologram

Hologeaphic Displays MoveHere Command

In some cases, the location of the hologram may not be preferred, especially if it was placed at your feet. This can be moved by using the /holo MoveHere [Name]. This will move the hologram to your current foot position, allowing you to move it elsewhere.

Editing Text

Hologeaphic Displays Edit

Other times, the text you use may only be a placeholder or need to be adjusted later on. This can be done with the /holo edit [name] command, displaying several available commands for use. Some of the notable commands are:

/holo addLine [name] [Text] - Adds a new line to a hologram.
/holo removeLine [name]  [Line #] - Removes an existing line.
/holo setLine [name] [Line #] [NewText] - Changes a line in a hologram.
/holo insertLine [name] [Line #] [Text] - Insert a new line in a specific area.


Deleting Holograms

Hologeaphic Displays Delete

Whether it was only for testing or is no longer needed, a time may arise where a hologram should be removed. This can be done at any time by using the following command:

/holo delete [name]

This will remove the hologram altogether including all lines, text, and other formatting.

Plugin Commands

/holo create [name] [text] - Create a new hologram at your feet.
/holo delete [name] - Delete a hologram.
/holo edit [name] - Edit lines or text.
/holo list [page #] - List the current holograms and their locations.
/holo near [radius] - List any holograms near your position.
/holo teleport [name] - Teleport to a hologram.
/holo moveHere [name] - Move a hologram directly below your feet.
/holo align [X/Y/Z/XZ] [name] [ReferenceName] - Align a hologram to another on a specific axis.
/holo copy [Sourcename] [TargetName] - Copy from one hologram to another.
/holo reload - Reload the plugin and its configurations.


Common Issues

My plugin is not working:
Oftentimes, if a plugin is not working, it is an issue with uploading it or the server version itself. Ensure that your server is running a plugin-compatible version such as PaperMC and that it is installed in the plugins folder. Additionally, ensure that the server is fully restarted after adding the plugin, otherwise it may not start properly.

The plugin appears in red when I use “/plugins” in-game:
This can often occur if there is a version issue in the plugin or an error upon starting up. First, ensure the downloaded version of the plugin is the latest available for your version. If issues still occur, try to use an older version that is still compatible in order to try again.

My plugin configurations aren’t saving:
Sometimes a plugin configuration will not properly save, even after multiple attempts To combat this, try to fully turn off the server before making edits to ensure the plugin is not overwriting your adjustments. Once you have changed the configuration and saved, start the server once more in order to see if it is saved. If issues still occur, ensure the formatting of the file is correct, as formatting errors can reset the entire config file.

Helpful Links

Holographic Displays Bukkit Page
Holographic Displays Wiki
How to Install Plugins

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