bukkit Creating Custom Events


Example

Sometimes you need to create your own Event, one that other plugins can listen to (Vault, among other plugins, does this) and even cancel. Bukkit's Event API allows this to be possible. All you need to do is make a new class, have it extend Event, add the handlers and the attributes your event needs (like Player or message).

import org.bukkit.event.Event;
import org.bukkit.event.HandlerList;

public final class CustomEvent extends Event {
    private static final HandlerList handlers = new HandlerList();
    private String message;

    public CustomEvent(String example) {
        message = example;
    }

    public String getMessage() {
        return message;
    }

    public HandlerList getHandlers() {
        return handlers;
    }

    public static HandlerList getHandlerList() {
        return handlers;
    }
}

Calling your Custom Event

You are in control of creating and calling your events, where you call it is completely up to you. Here's an example

// Create the event here
CustomEvent event = new CustomEvent("Sample Message");
// Call the event
Bukkit.getServer().getPluginManager().callEvent(event);
Bukkit.getServer().broadcastMessage(event.getMessage());

Remember: You are in control of your events. If you don't call it, and act upon it, it doesn't happen!

Listening to a Custom Event

Listening to a custom event is the same as listening to a normal event.

import org.bukkit.event.Listener;
import org.bukkit.event.EventHandler;

public final class CustomListener implements Listener {
    
    @EventHandler
    public void onCustomEvent(CustomEvent event) {
    // Some code here
    }
}

Making your CustomEvent Cancellable

If you ever want to make your event cancellable, just add implements Cancellable, boolean cancelled and a getter and setter:

import org.bukkit.event.Event;
import org.bukkit.event.HandlerList;
import org.bukkit.event.Cancellable;

public final class CustomEvent extends Event implements Cancellable {
    private static final HandlerList handlers = new HandlerList();
    private String message;
    private boolean cancelled;

    public CustomEvent(String example) {
        message = example;
    }

    public String getMessage() {
        return message;
    }

    public boolean isCancelled() {
        return cancelled;
    }

    public void setCancelled(boolean cancel) {
        cancelled = cancel;
    }

    public HandlerList getHandlers() {
        return handlers;
    }

    public static HandlerList getHandlerList() {
        return handlers;
    }
}

Afterwards, you would check if a plugin had cancelled the custom event.

// Create the event here
CustomEvent event = new CustomEvent("Sample Message");
// Call the event
Bukkit.getServer().getPluginManager().callEvent(event);
// Check if the event is not cancelled
if (!event.isCancelled()) {
    Bukkit.getServer().broadcastMessage(event.getMessage());
}