This help article refers to Minecraft for Xbox One, mobile, VR, and Windows 10 and Nintendo Switch. For help with setting up a Minecraft: Java Edition server, please go here.
Q: What is a dedicated Bedrock server?
A: Similar to what has been available for players of the Java Edition, dedicated Bedrock servers allow players on the Bedrock editions of Minecraft to set up their own servers at home on Windows and Linux computers, or host their server using a cloud-based service.
This is in its early development stages, so as with any early release software, it may have severe issues. Due to this we could decide to stop providing it at any time.
Q: Yeah, but what can I do with my dedicated Bedrock server?
A: You can think of this as a server hosting tool which gives you the creative power to configure your world to whatever Minecraft experience you want. Whether it is tinkering with all of the settings, modes, server life cycle, whitelisting, or anything else!
Q: Who can play on my dedicated server?
A: Anyone playing on the Bedrock editions will be able to connect to the server, with the current exception of Nintendo Switch users. Also, players on Xbox One will only be able to connect through a LAN connection. If you’re not sure if the edition you’re playing on is Bedrock, please visit this help article.
Q: How do I download the dedicated Bedrock server software?
A: To download the software required to setup your dedicated Bedrock server, visit the download page here.
Your download will include a “How to use the dedicated server” guide which will guide you through the installation steps to get you up and running.
Q: How do I startup the server?
A: For Linux
Unzip the container file into an empty folder. Start the server with the following command:
Unzip the container file into an empty folder. Start the server by executing the bedrock_server.exe file.
Q: How does the player enforcement/whitelisting work?
A: To have this property available, it will need to be enabled in server.properties. When enabled, the server will only allow selected users to connect, and you will need to know the Xbox Live gamertag of all players who want to join the server; players without an Xbox Live gamertag will not be able to connect. If your server is public and you do not have the whitelisting property enabled, you will not have the ability to remove/ban players from the server.
To learn more about whitelisting, check out the guide that comes with the download. If you are having trouble with player behavior on a server that you own, whitelisting may be a good way to solve the issue.
Q: Where can I find further support?
A: The how-to guide should provide you with the necessary installation instructions to get started. Apart from this guide, we do not provide further support for dedicated Bedrock servers, so if you need further support then we would recommend visiting the Minecraft support resources.
If you still think that having your own server sounds great, but you feel technically out of your depth, then you may want to consider if our Realms hosting service is suitable for you.