How to setup a Minecraft Java Server

When making a Minecraft server there’s lots of options. This guides currently covers setting up a Survival Multiplayer Server without mods. We’ll be releasing more guides in the future on how to start a server with mods.

Create a Vanilla Survival Multiplayer Server (MSP)

Follow these steps and you should have a public Minecraft Java server up in no time.

1. Download and install Java

You can download the latest version of Java from Oracle.

2. Download the offical Minecraft Server

Download this from minecraft.net

3. Create a folder for your minecraft server

This folder can be named and located wherever you’d like. I do recommend making it something simple and easy to find. I like calling the folder minecraft-server and putting it in my home/User folder.

4. Setup your minecraft server folder

Move your downloaded server.jar file into minecraft folder.

On Windows: create a new file named run.bat. Creating a batch (.bat) file in windows

On MacOS / Linux: create a new file named run.sh.

Edit your new file and set the text to be

java -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -jar server.jar nogui

5. Generate your server and accept the EULA

With your run file created, let’s start the server.

On Windows: double click your run.bat folder

On MacOS / Linux: open the terminal to your minecraft server folder and run bash ./run.sh.

The command line should show some logs and your minecraft server folder should be populated with new files and folders. Find and open the eual.txt file and replace eula=false with eula=true.

6. Run and connect to your server

Now with the eula accepted, run your server again following the same method in 5.. Open Minecraft and try direct connecting using 127.0.0.1:25565. If you’re not able to connect, make sure your server is running. If everything looks good and you’re not sure why you cannot connect, ask for help on our discord.

7. Make your server public

You can now connect to your server locally, let’s make it public so friends can join. Go to the interactive guide.

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