Tags: fort | design | buildings

Command: buildingplan

Plan building construction before you have materials.

This plugin adds a planning mode for building placement. You can then place furniture, constructions, and other buildings before the required materials are available, and they will be created in a suspended state. Buildingplan will periodically scan for appropriate items, and the jobs will be unsuspended when the items are available.

This is very useful when combined with manager work orders or workflow – you can set a constraint to always have one or two doors/beds/tables/chairs/etc. available, and place as many as you like. Materials are used to build the planned buildings as they are produced, with minimal space dedicated to stockpiles.


enable buildingplan
buildingplan set
buildingplan set <setting> true|false

Running buildingplan set without parameters displays the current settings.

Global settings

The buildingplan plugin has global settings that can be set from the UI (G from any building placement screen, for example: baG). These settings can also be set via the buildingplan set command. The available settings are:

all_enabled (default: false)

Enable planning mode for all building types.

blocks, boulders, logs, bars (defaults: true, true, true, false)

Allow blocks, boulders, logs, or bars to be matched for generic “building material” items.

quickfort_mode (default: false)

Enable compatibility mode for the legacy Python Quickfort (this setting is not required for DFHack quickfort)

The settings for blocks, boulders, logs, and bars are saved with your fort, so you only have to set them once and they will be persisted in your save.

If you normally embark with some blocks on hand for early workshops, you might want to add this line to your dfhack-config/init/onMapLoad.init file to always configure buildingplan to just use blocks for buildings and constructions:

on-new-fortress buildingplan set boulders false; buildingplan set logs false

Item filtering

While placing a building, you can set filters for what materials you want the building made out of, what quality you want the component items to be, and whether you want the items to be decorated.

If a building type takes more than one item to construct, use CtrlLeft and CtrlRight to select the item that you want to set filters for. Any filters that you set will be used for all buildings of the selected type placed from that point onward (until you set a new filter or clear the current one). Buildings placed before the filters were changed will keep the filter values that were set when the building was placed.

For example, you can be sure that all your constructed walls are the same color by setting a filter to accept only certain types of stone.

Quickfort mode

If you use the external Python Quickfort to apply building blueprints instead of the native DFHack quickfort script, you must enable Quickfort mode. This temporarily enables buildingplan for all building types and adds an extra blank screen after every building placement. This “dummy” screen is needed for Python Quickfort to interact successfully with Dwarf Fortress.

Note that Quickfort mode is only for compatibility with the legacy Python Quickfort. The DFHack quickfort script does not need this Quickfort mode to be enabled. The quickfort script will successfully integrate with buildingplan as long as the buildingplan plugin itself is enabled.