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REQUIREMENTS: Group Manager, Vault, EssentialsX, EssentialsChat

Introduction to Group Manager

Do you want to set up ranks, permissions, and groups for your server in one plugin in an easy, understandable way? Group Manager is for you! Please note that Group Manager is an outdated plugin and no longer receives updates, this means that there may be bugs that will not get fixed.

Getting started

There are a few things you need to do before starting with Group Manager. You’ll need to change/enable a few things first.

The first thing you need to do is head over to File Manager > Plugins > Essentials > config.yml
Scroll down until you see “change-displayname: true” and set it to “change-displayname: false”.

After, scroll until you find the ‘format’ section, which looks like this:


The format of defaults can be changed by changing the format that doesn’t have a hashtag # before it. You can assign special formats to different groups as well. For example, I want everyone’s chat format to be this: DEFAULT rosathorn: message. I would do it like so:


Once completing these steps click the Save button in the file and execute the command /ess reload to reload the EssentialsX config.

Setting up Groups

Groups in Group Manager are relatively easy to set up. The first step is to create the group, then you can go onto adding prefixes, suffixes, permissions, and finally, add players to your group! In Group Manager, the rank ‘Default’ is the group everyone is given when they join the server. Thus, setting someone to default rank will make them like any regular player as long as they aren’t an operator.


/mangadd Helper
- Creates a new group ‘Helper’ being where your group name is.
/mangdel Helper - Deletes that same group .
/manuadd (username) Helper - Adds a player to that group.
/manuadd username) Default - Sets the player back to the Default rank thus removing that group.

Prefixes and Suffixes

In Group Manager, you can set player-specific or group-specific prefixes and suffixes. Remember, it will not work if you don’t have the required plugins or don’t do the required steps mentioned in the Getting Started section.

Note also that if you want suffixes, you will need to alter the formatting in the config.yml file as you did above for {PREFIX} and set the format to {PREFIX} {DISPLAYNAME} {SUFFIX}&8: {MESSAGE}.


/mangaddv Helper prefix/suffix &a&lHELPER
- This sets the prefix or suffix of anyone in the Helper group to HELPER.
/mangdelv Helper prefix/suffix
- This will remove the prefix or suffix of the group Helper.
/manuaddv (username) prefix/suffix &a&lVIP - This command will apply a prefix or a suffix to specifically that mentioned player and will set their prefix/suffix to VIP.
/manudelv (username) prefix/suffix
- Like above, this removes the specified user’s prefix/suffix.

Setting up Permissions

Permissions, like the other things, are quite simple and easy to set up. Though, it won’t work if you don’t apply the correct permission node. To get these nodes, you’ll usually need to look up the plugin and find the permission nodes for the commands. For example, Essential’s permission node for /fly is essentials.fly. Permissions can be applied to specific players or specific groups.


/mangaddp Helper (permission node)
- Adds a permission to the group.
/mangdelp Helper (permission node) - Deletes that same permission.
/manuaddp (username) (permission node) - Adds a permission to the specific player.
/manudelp (username) (permission node) - Removes a permission from the specific player.

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Great job. This CFAQ will really help users in how to use the plugin. Keep it up! 🙂

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Personally, I prefer LuckPerms but seeing this CFAQ made me realize that it might not be that difficult to use GroupManager after all! Thanks for this CFAQ!

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Awesome CFAQ. Hope it helps others learn how to use this plugin in the future.

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It's not a difficult plugin to learn (I used it on my own server circa 2011-2013) but it's definitely a bit dated compared to a lot of other permission plugins out there like LuckPerms. I'm glad that a disclaimer was made about that in this CFAQ.

My personal recommendation is for people to try to learn LuckPerms. It's a lot more powerful and will let you do everything you need it to do and more. Though, if you have a really simple server and just need some groups with basic permissions, GroupManager may still work for you. I don't think anyone will be confused after reading this guide.

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Nice CFAQ! I have never use group manager myself but it seems like a cool and simple plugin after looking at this. 

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