I am running a Bukkit (Spigot actually) MC server and I want to get custom player heads, as per here. This is all over the web, but I cannot get it working in my Server!

When I run the command that is needed /give playername 397:3 1 player:playername or /give playername 397 3 1 {SkullOwner:"playername"} it just returns

Too many arguments.
/give [-do] [-d] <target> <item[:data]> [amount]

What is the issue? If this would fit better on Stack Overflow or Server Fault, please migrate this.


The problem might be Commandbook. Try disabling it and try again.

  • How do I do this? Would just moving the plugin .jar out of the folder disable it or do I have to run a command in the server prompt? – RPiAwesomeness Jan 22 '14 at 19:48
  • You can just rename the plugin into something.disabled and restart the server. – Enoch Jan 22 '14 at 19:55
  • YAY! It worked! However, can I restart the server with CommandBook enabled and still have the head as it is? – RPiAwesomeness Jan 22 '14 at 20:03
  • Yes, I'm pretty sure it would work. – Enoch Jan 22 '14 at 20:25
  • Worked fine. Heads are up and CommandBook is going fine. – RPiAwesomeness Jan 23 '14 at 12:37

Try this

/give player minecraft:skull 1 3 {SkullOwner:"playername"}

  • Same error. Too many arguments. This is really very perturbing! – RPiAwesomeness Jan 22 '14 at 19:19
  • Huh really? It worked perfectly fine for me. What version are you using? – aman207 Jan 22 '14 at 19:21
  • CraftBukkit version git-Spigot-1257 (MC 1.7.2) (Implementing API version 1.7.2-R0.3-SNAPSHOT) Could this be a plugin conflict? I only have 5 small ones: Plugins (5): WarpPortals, NoSpawnChunks, ClearLag, WorldEdit, CommandBook – RPiAwesomeness Jan 22 '14 at 19:24
  • Command worked, I just had to disable CommandBook. It was a plugin conflict :D – RPiAwesomeness Jan 22 '14 at 20:03
  • Huh well that's good to know. Glad you got it figure out. – aman207 Jan 22 '14 at 23:48

I know the question is old, but I have the best solution. Without disabling any plugins, just type:

/bukkit:give player minecraft:skull 1 3 {SkullOwner:"playername"}

The "bukkit:" in front of the command tells the server it is the Minecraft give command, not CommandBook, or any other give command.

  • Interesting solution, thanks for this! I'll remember it for the future :D – RPiAwesomeness Mar 30 '15 at 15:04

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