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How To Install And Use WorldGuard Plugin in Minecraft

Last modified on Jan 16, 2023 in plugins

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As you host and play on a minecraft server, adding protection from griefers is a must-have. After spending hours of hard work on a build, having someone destroy it can ruin your desire to play and have fun. Thankfully WorldGuard, a Minecraft plugin, adds the ability to create protective regions all around your world. These can be customized to prevent placing blocks, interacting with chests, and much more. If that isn’t enough, the various flags can be used to prevent vine growth, leaf decay, and many more options for aesthetic builds. Adding plugins is easy with our Apex Hosting panel, so we have created this tutorial to help you get started.


  • Create zones in your world that only allow specific players to build.
  • Set global rules to modify regeneration, TNT, mob spawning, and more.
  • Blacklist blocks and items to prevent their use.
  • Dump important stats and information about your server.
  • Adds a variety of useful commands such as /stopfire.
  • Protect against common forms of grief, including fire and crop trampling.
  • Modify block interactions to stop growth, ice melting, and more.


WorldGuard Download

  1. Visit the WorldGuard Bukkit page.
  2. Press File at the top, then locate your desired version.
  3. Click the Download icon and save the .jar file to a safe location.
  4. Download the matching version of WorldEdit as well.


Server Installation

  1. Navigate to your Apex server panel, then stop the server.
  2. Scroll down to the Game File section, then make note of the version.
  3. Ensure the server version is plugin-compatible, such as PaperMC or Spigot.
  4. Afterwards, enter the FTP File Access from the left-hand menu and log in.
  5. Locate and enter the plugins folder, then click Upload in the top-left.
  6. Drag + drop the WorldGuard and WorldEdit .jar files into the right-hand side.
  7. Once at 100% uploaded, return to the main panel page.
  8. Restart the server to load up your plugins for use.


How to Use WorldGuard

Once you spawn into your server, you can immediately begin using WorldGuard, assuming you have the correct permissions. You will either need to be opped or use a permissions plugin such as LuckPerms to use WorldGuard. For a full list of WorldGuard permissions, check out the wiki here.

Creating a Region

To get started, you will first need to create a region within your world. To do this, use the //wand command in-game to obtain the WorldEdit axe. From here, right and left-click the opposite corners of your region to form a square shape.




When selecting your region, the height of the corners is also taken into effect. In most cases, server owners will want to provide protection from bedrock up to the sky limit. This can be done by using the //expand vert command, which will instantly expand the height.


Finally, to create your region you will want to use the /rg define [Name] command, replacing [Name] with the one you desire. It is generally a good idea to keep short yet informative names, such as “spawn” or “shop”.



Adding Passthrough


By default, a newly-created region will be protected from all players modifying or using any blocks within the area. While this is very helpful for server spawns, this may not be desirable if you are just creating regions for display purposes.

To allow any players to build and interact within your region, use the following command:

/rg flag [Name] passthrough allow


Adjusting Region Flags


In addition to large region flags like passthrough, there are also many smaller flags that you can add to a region. These can allow or deny PvP, sleeping, vine growth, and much more. To add a flag, first use the /region [Name] info command. Then press the green [Flags] button in the chat window. Alternatively, use the /region flags [Name] command to open the list directly.


This will make a large list appear in your chat, allowing you to modify various flags. Some flags can be set to either Allow or Deny, while others will need specific information. Using your mouse, click to toggle any flags or use the arrows at the bottom to view more pages. Simply modify the necessary flags, then close the chat window when you are finished.


Notable Commands

/regionThe base region command, allows you to view all region-based commands.
/region defineCreates a region using the defined selection made in your world.
/region infoProvides information and the ability to modify a selected region.
/region listLists all created regions, including the global region.
/region removeDeletes an existing region from your world.
/region redefineMoves the selected region to the new defined selection made in your world.
/region flagsDisplays an interactive list to toggle or modify region flags.



With that, you now know how to install WorldGuard and create your first region. These areas are so customizable, there is an option for almost every occasion. WorldGuard and WorldEdit are two of the oldest plugins around, yet their use has persisted across the years. While most server owners will use them to protect arenas, spawns, and more, there are many other possibilities. Create forever-frozen ice sculptures, disable crop trampling, and never worry about overgrown vines again. With all of these options, the best way to get started is to jump into the action and mess around until you find your perfect setup. With this in mind, join your Minecraft server and begin experimenting with WorldGuard regions!

Helpful Links

WorldGuard Bukkit Page
WorldEdit Tutorial
WorldGuard Wiki

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