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How to Set Up a Minecraft Server with Docker

Want to host your own Minecraft server for you and your friends? Running a Minecraft server on Docker is easy and allows total control over maps, mods, and more. This guide covers how to set up a Minecraft Docker server from start to finish.

Benefits of a Dockerized Minecraft Server

Hosting your own Minecraft server on Docker provides several advantages:

  • Accessibility - Your server will be online 24/7 for you and your friends. No more relying on your own PC being on.

  • Performance - Hosting providers offer fast, reliable servers perfect for running Minecraft. No lag from your home internet connection.

  • Control - You decide on game modes, maps, mods, and more. Total freedom to customize your server.

  • Scalability - Easily upgrade your server resources if you want more players or larger maps.

Requirements for Running Minecraft on Docker

The basic requirements for a good Minecraft Docker hosting environment are:

  • Processor: 2.8 GHz or higher (4 cores ideal)

  • Memory: 8 GB RAM minimum

  • Storage: 80 GB hard drive space

  • OS: Linux (Ubuntu, Debian etc)

  • Docker installed

  • Minimum 5 Mbps bandwidth (for 1-2 players), up to 45 Mbps (for 6+ players)

Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Up a Minecraft Docker Server

Follow these steps to get your own Minecraft world up and running on Docker:

1. Get a Linux Server and Install Docker

Rent a Linux VPS or dedicated server from a hosting provider. Follow Docker's installation instructions to get Docker Engine set up on your server.

2. Pull the Minecraft Docker Image Pull the official Minecraft server Docker image using:

docker pull itzg/minecraft-server

3. Start a Minecraft Docker Container

Start a new Docker container from the image, opening port 25565 and mounting data folders:

docker run -d -p 25565:25565 -v /home/minecraft:/data --name mc -e EULA=TRUE --restart always itzg/minecraft-server

4. Open the Minecraft Port on Your Server

Allow traffic on port 25565 through your server's firewall so players can connect.

5. Customize Your Server Properties

Edit the file to configure your Minecraft world name, game modes, difficulty, and more.

6. Restart the Docker Container

Restart your Minecraft Docker container for the new server settings to take effect.

7. Connect to Your Server!

You can now connect to your Dockerized Minecraft server from the game client and start playing! Invite friends, build epic structures, defeat enemies, and explore your own blocky world together! Consider Upgrading for More Players and Mods

For servers with lots of players and mods, consider upgrading to a more powerful dedicated server with faster processors and more RAM. This will ensure top performance. Running your own Minecraft Docker server is easy and fun! Follow the steps in this guide to get your server up fast and start playing with friends.

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