My friends and I have a pretty fun multiplayer Minecraft world going, complete with a strip mine with an automated transit system and an enormous cobblestone pyramid. Everything is totally sweet...

Except the spawn area. The spawn area seems to have anti-griefing measures or something that prevent us from putting blocks there (or taking blocks out). This is an issue because Creepers have no such restrictions. Dozens of Creepers have gone to town on newly spawned players, blowing holes in the terrain and generally wreaking havoc on the spawn area. It's now covered in sand and water and is pretty much a giant pain to get out of when you respawn.

How can we fix this? Can we turn off the anti-griefing thing? Can we edit the world somehow to fix up the spawn area and make it less like a minefield?

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    Remember you can also change your spawn point using (correctly) a bed!
    – o0'.
    Commented May 17, 2011 at 20:37
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    @Lohoris Doesn't help first-time players on that server.
    – Broam
    Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 14:21

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In the standard Minecraft server, the area around the world spawn point cannot be modified by players that are not ops. To work on the spawn area, be an operator ("opyourname" at the console, "/opyourname" in chat by another operator).

You can also change the radius of the protected area in the server.properties file by adding/changing the spawn-protection field, which defaults to 16, that meaning all blocks within 16 blocks of the central column of the spawn area. For example,


will protect only the single column of blocks at the center of the spawn area (it is not possible to eliminate the protection entirely).

For your particular problem, I would suggest not just fixing the damage but building a safe area around the spawn — that is, well-illuminated so that creepers cannot spawn, and enclosed by walls or fences so that they cannot wander in.

  • Having at least one op and at least one admin is almost a must. Admins have to be added manually to the server conf or added through the console and can then add ops in game.
    – MBraedley
    Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 2:40
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    The standard Minecraft server has no “admin” level, and any op can make another player an op. “Admin” is commonly used to refer to persons with access to the server console, but the server itself does not manage the console (it is just stdin/stdout of the server process).
    – Kevin Reid
    Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 17:36
  • This is perfect - I'm running the server and didn't realize ops had these special privileges.
    – lilserf
    Commented Jan 18, 2011 at 18:41
  • You can also copy the map to single player and edit it there
    – Ronan
    Commented Feb 3, 2011 at 22:00

If you're using Craftbukkit, go into your server.properties file, find spawn-protection=1 then change it to 0.

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    -1 for assuming he's using something without any reason to support that claim (whether or not it ends up being correct)
    – o0'.
    Commented May 18, 2011 at 8:38
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    This is also in Vanilla servers.
    – Timtech
    Commented Sep 30, 2013 at 11:15

You can edit your world with one of several editors; my favorite is MCEdit. You can either move the spawn point or just use it to clean up your current one.


Put the world into appdata/.minecraft/saves and use MCedit. When done, put the map into MCadmin/world again.


You can go to the server properties and ether add spawn-monsters=false or it should be set to true and just change it to false you can change it back whenever you like.

  • While this would stop the creepers from blowing new holes, this doesn't help him fix the existing ones. Commented Jan 12, 2012 at 21:47

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