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How to create a new Minecraft Server with DigitalOcean

Creating a new Minecraft Server


Create a new Ubuntu 16.04 droplet on DigitalOcean. Make sure it has at least 2GB of RAM, and you provide it with your SSH key.

SSH into the server and install Java, which is required for Minecraft to run.

apt-get update && apt-get install default-jdk
java -version

Additionally, install Screen, which will allow us to run the server in the background.

apt-get install screen

Running the Server

Create a directory to install the server files and download the server.

mkdir minecraft
wget -O minecraft_server.jar

Edit the server properties file.


Start a new screen session.

screen -S Server

Run the server.

java -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -jar minecraft_server.jar nogui

Exit the screen session.

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