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How to install Minecraft Server on CentOS

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This tutorial takes you through the steps of setting up your own Minecraft Server on your CentOS machine. Previously we have installed the Minecraft Server on Ubuntu. (Click Here!).

Minecraft is a game developed by Mojang AB founder Markus “Notch” Persson. Gameplay includes players interacting with the game world by laying and breaking different kinds of blocks in a three-dimensional setting. Players can create creative structures, creations, and artwork on multiplayer servers and singleplayer worlds across various game modes.

Step 1. First Make sure that your CentOS system is up-to-date.

sudo yum -y update

Step 2. Create a Minecraft Server user using the next command.

sudo adduser minecraftuser
Create New Minecraft User On CentOS

Create New Minecraft User On CentOS

Step 3. Set a password to the newly created Minecraft Server user.

sudo passwd minecraftuser
Set Password To New Minecraft User On CentOS

Set Password To New Minecraft User On CentOS

Step 4. Add the Minecraft user to the wheel group to be able to run privileged commands.

sudo usermod -aG wheel minecraftuser
Add Minecraft User To Wheel Group On CentOS

Add Minecraft User To Wheel Group On CentOS

Step 5. Now let’s switch to the Minecraft user.

su - minecraftuser
Switch To Minecraft User On CentOS

Switch To Minecraft User On CentOS

Step 6. Download and install the java OpenJDK package using the following command.

sudo yum install java-1.6.0-openjdk
Install Java OpenJDK package On CentOS

Install Java OpenJDK package On CentOS

Step 7. Check the java version to make sure that the installation was successful.

java -version
Check Installed Java Version On CentOS

Check Installed Java Version On CentOS

Step 8. Install the “wget” package if it is not already installed.

sudo yum install wget
Install wget Package On Centos

Install wget Package On Centos

Step 9. Create a Minecraft directory to hold and keep the Minecraft Server files.

mkdir minecraftdir
Create A Minecraft Directory On CentOS

Create A Minecraft Directory On CentOS

Step 10. Move to the newly Minecraft directory.

cd minecraftdir
Move To New Minecraft Directory On CentOS

Move To New Minecraft Directory On CentOS

Step 11. Download the Minecraft Server using the next command. You can check for the latest Minecraft Server release from Minecraft official website (Click Here!!). Then replace the below link with the newest Minecraft Server release.

wget -O minecraft_server.jar https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/1.11.2/minecraft_server.1.11.2.jar
Download Minecraft Server On CentOS

Download Minecraft Server On CentOS

Step 12. Set permissions on the downloaded file to be executable.

chmod +x minecraft_server.jar
Set Permissions On Minecraft Server Downloaded Files On CentOS

Set Permissions On Minecraft Server Downloaded Files On CentOS

Step 13. Create the License agreement file “eula.txt.”

vi eula.txt
License Agreement File On CentOS

License Agreement File On CentOS

Step 14. Edit the “eula.txt” file and add the following line to it “eula=true.” It should look like the below screenshot.

Edit License Agreement File On CentOS

Edit License Agreement File On CentOS

Step 15. To let the Minecraft Server run in the background, you will need to download the “screen” package. Otherwise, you can skip to “Step 17” and start the Minecraft Server.

sudo yum install screen
Download and Install Screen Package On CentOS

Download and Install Screen Package On CentOS

Step 16. Start the “screen” package using the next command.

screen

Step 17. Now let’s start the Minecraft Server with the following command. In this command we will run the Minecraft Server by allocating 1024MB memory, in case you need to change this then replace the “-Xmx” and “-Xms” parameters with the desired size.

java -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -jar minecraft_server.1.11.2.jar nogui
Start The Minecraft Server In Background On CentOS

Start The Minecraft Server In Background On CentOS

Step 18. If you are running the Minecraft Server in the background, then you can detach the current screen using the next command.

screen -r 
OR
CTRL+A+D

Step 19. To stop the Minecraft Server use the stop command.

stop

That’s it for now. In this tutorial, we have shown you how to install and configure the Minecraft Server on your CentOS machine.

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2 comments

uber_paranoid May 21, 2020 - 2:56 PM

Thank you for the tutorial!

However, I would personally recommend _not_ giving your minecraft-server user “sudo” privileges. That way, if the server were to become compromised through a vulnerable mod, the attacker wouldn’t immediately have access to “root” privileges off the bat.

It’s always better to operate with the least amount of privilege possible, and I was able to remove “sudo” from the minecraft-server user with no issues.

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Dave Walker December 22, 2020 - 6:32 AM

In step 6 you install java 1.6
In step 7 you check that the version is 1.8?

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