This help article refers to Minecraft for Xbox, mobile and Windows 10 and Nintendo Switch. For help with setting up a Minecraft: Java Edition server, please go to Download the Minecraft: Java Edition Server.
What is a dedicated Bedrock server?
Similar to what has been available for players of Minecraft: Java Edition, dedicated Bedrock servers enable players on the Bedrock versions 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 capability is in its early development stages. As with any early release software, it may have severe issues. As a result, we may decide to stop providing this capability at any time.
To clarify, dedicated servers are hosted by individuals and are not partnered with Minecraft. Featured servers are specifically partnered with Minecraft. Java and Bedrock versions both have dedicated servers, but only Bedrock has featured servers.
Yeah, but what can I do with my dedicated Bedrock server?
Think of this capability as a server hosting tool that gives you the creative power to configure your world to whatever Minecraft experience you want. You could tinker with all of the settings, modes, server life cycle, whitelisting, or anything else!
Who can play on my dedicated server?
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 the Different Minecraft Editions help article.
How do I download the dedicated Bedrock server software?
To download the software required to set up your dedicated Bedrock server, visit the Download Server Software (Alpha) for Minecraft page.
Your download will include a “How to use the dedicated server” guide that will help you through the installation steps to get you up and running.
How do I start up the server?
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 running the bedrock_server.exe file.
How does player enforcement/whitelisting work?
Whitelisting or Allowlisting is a way to allow only players you specify to play on your server. To have this property available, you need to enable it in your server.properties file. When enabled, the server will allow only selected players 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 or 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 you own, whitelisting may be a good way to solve the issue.
Where can I find more support?
The how-to guide provides installation instructions to get started. Apart from this guide, we do not provide further support for dedicated Bedrock servers.
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 service is suitable for you.