Chest Protection

WorldGuard provides rudimentary self-serve chest protection that a player may utilize by placing a sign underneath their chest with specially formatted text. We generally advise new setups to not use this chest protection as it is not an actively updated part of WorldGuard. In addition, regions are a preferred method of defining ownership because it does not have problems involving blocks like hoppers.


If you are interested in single-block chest protection, we recommend utilizing third-party chest protection plugins like Lockette or LWC.

Getting Started

Chest protection must first be enabled in the Configuration. With it disabled, chest protection will not be active but it will still not be possible to make “lock signs” (however, this can also be disabled in the configuration).

A sign is protected as long as a special sign is placed under a chest. This sign:

  • Must be a sign post
  • Must be under a chest or inventory (for double chests, it only needs to be under one side)
  • Have the text [Lock] on the first line
  • Have the player’s username on the second line
  • Have up to two more other players’ names on the next two lines

It is not possible to place someone else’s name on the second line.


Chest protection in WorldGuard does not support UUIDs.


Due to changes in Minecraft 1.8, updating from an older version of Minecraft may destroy all lock signs. In fact, it will destroy all signs that have square brackets ([ and ]) around text.