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How To Install And Use WorldGuard Plugin in Minecraft

Last modified on Apr 9, 2021 in plugins

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WorldGuard Tutorial

When hosting a Minecraft server, one of the most important features to have is world protection. Nothing is worse than spending hours of hard work to build only for someone to come on and destroy it. There are plugins out there that can defend against this and protect your builds. One of the best plugins for this task is WorldGuard. This plugin has been around for years and has constant development to make sure it stays up to date with Minecraft. Protection is not all this plugin does, you can use flags to set certain variables true or false such as PvP or player damage. This plugin has everything you need for world protection and it is fairly easy to install and use. We will be walking you through how to install this plugin and how you can use it on your server.
In order for WorldGuard to work on your server, you must have WorldEdit installed onto your server as WorldGuard depends on it to function.

How to install WorldGuard

Install through FTP

  1. Go to the official WorldGuard page on Bukkit and click on the File tab.
  2. Find the update that is compatible with your server version and press the download icon.
  3. Head to the Game Panel and click FTP File Access to the left of the panel.
  4. Once you login to the FTP File Access you will see a list of your files. Open the plugins folder and click “Upload” to the top left of the page.
  5. Drag your plugin over to the right side of the page and wait for it to reach 100%.
  6. Head back to the Game Panel and restart your server. The plugin should now be installed. You can check this by typing “pl” into the console.

How to use WorldGuard

To create a region and flag it with WorldGuard, you first have to use the “//wand” command. Once you’ve done that you must select two different points that will be the opposing corners of your region. Once you’ve done this you can then type “//expand vert” which will expand the region to be from bedrock to sky limit. Then you type in “/rg define (name)” this will create a region by whatever name you’ve chosen.

From there you can flag it with a large variety of different flags. For example, you can type “/rg flag (name) mob-spawning deny”. A command like this will then disable mob-spawning in that specific area. All flags can be found in-game by typing “/rg flags”.

WorldGuard Commands

  • /region: Base WorldGuard command, allows you to see region command arguments
  • /region define: Defines a region as whatever you name it in the area you have selected
  • /region info: Gives you information about the region you select
  • /region list: Lists all regions that have been created
  • /rg remove: Removes a region
  • /region redefine: Replaces the exciting region with your current WorldEdit selection
  • /region flags: Displays an interactive list of the flags for the selected region.

What Worldguard is used for

  • Create zones in your world that only permit mods or certain players from building in.
  • Set additional game rules on your server including deny wither block damage, falling damage, etc.
  • Set game rules for food regen, health regen, disable PvP, TNT, control mob damage in specific areas.
  • Blacklist certain items and blocks so they can’t be used.
  • Dump useful statistics and information about your server (/wg report -p)
  • CPU profile your server to improve performance (/wg profile -p)
  • Add useful commands like an immediate “STOP ALL FIRE SPREAD” command.
  • Protects against many types of grief (Firespread, tree growth, TNT cannons, piston machines, crop trampling, paintings and item frames, etc.), and certain interactions can also be allowed (door open, lever usage, etc.)


WorldGuard is used in tandem with WorldEdit in order to protect your specific regions on your server such as a spawn area or PvP Arena. It can also be used to set rules for specific areas such as banning or enabling PvP or allowing or disallowing something environmental like leaf decay. WorldGuard and WorldEdit are two of the older plugins and when working together can provide your server with exactly what you need editing wise and protection wise.

In order for WorldGuard to work correctly, it is important that you make sure to use the correct version of the plugin and that you have its dependency WorldEdit installed.

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