This help article refers to Minecraft for Xbox One, mobile, Windows, and Nintendo Switch. For help with setting up a Minecraft: Java Edition server, please go to Download the Minecraft: Java Edition Server.
This article includes information on Minecraft's dedicated and featured servers.
In This Article:
- Dedicated Servers for Minecraft
- What is a dedicated Bedrock server?
- Yeah, but what can I do with my dedicated Bedrock server?
- Who can play on my dedicated server?
- How do I download the dedicated Bedrock server software?
- How do I start up the server?
- How does player enforcement/whitelisting work?
- Where can I find more support?
- Featured Servers for Minecraft
- What are servers and what are the featured server partners?
- Are the servers free to play?
- Can I purchase content in a server store and bring it back to my Minecraft worlds?
- On which platforms are servers available?
- What version of Minecraft do I need to play servers?
- How can I connect to an official Server?
- What is an Xbox Live account and why do I need one?
- Are Servers safe to play on?
- Do I need to be online to play on servers?
Dedicated Servers for Minecraft
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.
Featured Servers for Minecraft
What are servers and what are the featured server partners?
Servers are independently crafted, multiplayer experiences hosted by trusted partners in the Minecraft community. Each Server includes its own unique content, such as minigames that let players collaborate and compete with others. By playing, players can also unlock free items within the Server! Minecraft currently has six featured Server partners: Cubecraft, The Hive, Mineplex, Lifeboat, Mineville, and Galaxite.
Are the servers free to play?
Yes, Servers are free to play as long as you have the Bedrock version of Minecraft. However, you must also have Nintendo Switch Online if you’re on a Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®Plus if you are on PlayStation®, or Xbox Live Gold if you are on Xbox to access the multiplayer functionality.
Can I purchase content in a server store and bring it back to my Minecraft worlds?
No, the content you purchase within a Server store can be used only within that server. However, if you've purchased or downloaded any skins or Character Creator items from the regular Minecraft Marketplace, you can use them on a Server.
On which platforms are servers available?
Servers are available on all platforms (Windows, console, and mobile).
What version of Minecraft do I need to play servers?
You need the Bedrock version of Minecraft. Unfortunately, you cannot play featured Servers on Java Edition.
How can I connect to an official Server?
It's easy. Look for the Servers tab in the Minecraft game menu, choose which featured Server you want to play on, and select Join Server.
What is an Xbox Live account and why do I need one?
An Xbox Live account enables you to get a Gamertag—something you'll need no matter which platform you're playing Servers on. You will use that account as your username and profile across the Minecraft universe.
Are Servers safe to play on?
Yes! Because everyone is required to have an Xbox Live account, which includes the player's code of conduct, players of all ages will feel safe and welcome in Servers. Our official Server partners also have chat filters that will remove any bad language or personal information. Players also can report anyone who is not following the code of conduct, and our support team can act quickly on any reports of bad behavior.
Younger players are also kept safe with child accounts, which have multiplayer capabilities disabled by default until a parent or guardian changes their account settings.
Do I need to be online to play on servers?
Yes, you need an internet connection to play on servers.