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How to Setup a Minecraft Server on Ubuntu 18.04

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 28, 2018
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This guide is for an older version of Minecraft, please see the updated guide for Ubuntu 18.04.

Minecraft is still one of the most popular games in the world. If you play the game, you probably play on servers all the time. This guide aims to teach you how to install, setup and manage a Minecraft server on Ubuntu 18.04 from scratch.


Before we begin, you'll need the following:

  • Ubuntu 18.04 or newer.
  • A standard, non-root user for running the server.


Once you've got the necessary requirements, log into your VPS as the standard, non-root user. This is important, as running a Minecraft Server as root can be extremely dangerous. Once you've logged in, we are going to update our repositories:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Reboot your VPS and we'll be ready to move onto the next step.

Now we'll need to install the latest Java SDK, which can be done by typing the following command:

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk

Once completed, we are going to download the Minecraft Server executable for install. We will use wget to do so:

sudo wget

Following this, we are going to mark the downloaded file as executable by inputting the following command:

chmod +x minecraft_server.jar

Now that we've downloaded the server, we need to accept the EULA:

echo "eula=true" > eula.txt

Type the following command to start your server, then hit ENTER:

java -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -jar minecraft_server.1.13.jar nogui

This command will start a Minecraft Server with 1GB (1024MB) of memory (RAM) and no GUI (graphical user interface). You can change the amount of memory used by the server by swapping out 1024 with a different number. For example, if you wanted 2GB of memory you would type out 2048 instead of 1024.

Final words

Now that you've got a basic Minecraft Server setup, you are free to explore further. You can access your server by inputting your VPS's IP Address as the hostname on any Minecraft client.

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