Creating a server

Choosing a server type

There are many types to choose from. If you are setting up your first server or if these server types are new to you, it's important to know what each one does and what it brings to the table.

Some focus on adding more functionality, others on performance and others bring both.

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All of these listed server types support plugins and are all cross compatible. So you are not tied to a specific type. Going further down the list each one is more customizable and adds more features than the previous one.

Name Description Useful links
CraftBukkit Extends the Vanilla experience with plugins and other functionality. If you just want a server to play with some friends, without the need to customize every aspect of the gameplay. Project
Spigot Most used modded Minecraft server software based on CraftBukkit. Project
PaperSpigot High performance fork of Spigot with many features and performance improvements. Project
TacoSpigot Even higher performance fork of PaperSpigot. It offering increased performance and experimental features. Project

Details and accepting the Minecraft EULA

It's time to fill in all details about your server.

Setting name Description
Server Name A name for your server, this is only visible to you.
Folder Path A unique location for your server, stored in the /servers directory.
Startup Line The command used to start the server. It is tempting to change the [RAM] variable but I can only discourage you from doing so. Instead use the appropriate Server Ram

Default: java -Xms256M -Xmx[RAM]M -jar {0}.jar --nojline
Server Ram The amount of memory that will be dedicated to your server. if you are just starting out, keep it at its default value and increase when needed.

Default: 1024 MB
Server Port This is the port of your computer that wil be used by your Minecraft server to recieve and send data. The default is 25565, if your plan on running more than 1 server at the time, you can simply increment it each time.

Default: 25565

Screenshot of the create instance window

Accept the Minecraft EULA to continue.

Get the server files with the updater

Screenshot of the create instance window

Click on 'Open Updater Tool'. Since version server files are no longer provided. You will need to use the updater tool to get them.

When that's done, click on 'Create Server', this should only take a few seconds or even less.

Wrapping it up

All done! Wasn't that easy?

Screenshot of the create instance window