Setup a PaperMC Minecraft Server

PaperMC is a Minecraft Server that lets you run plugins! It’s based on Spigot which is based on CraftBukkit, there’s a long history :). It’s a good Minecraft server choice that balances performance and features.

Let’s setup our server!

Step 1. Download PaperMC

Click here to visit the PaperMC Download page. Click the latest build (the build with biggest number) to start the download.

papermc download

Step 2. Setup run.bat for PaperMC

Move the downloaded paper-VERSION.jar file into your minecraft server folder (if you don’t have one, just create a new folder called minecraft-server somewhere you can easily find). Next, rename the recently downloaded .jar file to paper-server.jar. This will allow our batch file to work properly.

rename paper mc file

For Windows Create a file called run.bat and set the contents to

java -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -jar paper-server.jar nogui

If you’re not sure how to create a Batch (.bat) file, view Creating a batch (.bat) file in windows .

For Unix (Linux or MacOS) Create a new file called and set the contents to

java -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -jar paper-server.jar nogui

Step 3. Run run.bat (or for Unix)

Now double click the newly created run.bat file to start the PaperMC server. If this is the first time running the program the folder should now have a handful of new files.

new files generated by papermc

Step 4. Accept the Eula

Before you can run the Minecraft server you must first accept the Eula. This can be done be editing the eula.txt document and setting eula=false to eula=true and saving the file.

If the eula.txt file doesn’t get created, you might need to install / upgrade Java.

eula edit eula highlight eula true

Step 5. Run run.bat (or for Unix) again

With the eula now accepted you should be able to run the server again and have it properly launch. If prompted with with a Windows Security Alert press Allow access.

defender allow

As long as the command line is open, your server should be running. At this point you should try connecting to the server using in Minecraft.

Step 6. Making the server public with

Your server is now running but people outside of your network / home won’t be able to join. Instead of using Port Forwarding or using Hamachi we’ll use This is now super easy with our Minecraft Plugin.