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Tutorial: How to setup a bukkit minecraft server


Preliminary notes

Warning Warning: Jenkins is temporarily unavailable due to high load. There's a status thread on the forums: http://forums.bukkit.org/threads/jenkins-temporarily-unavailable.55174/

Lightbulb.png Note: The name of the craftbukkit .jar file must match the one you download. (currently craftbukkit-1.0.1-R1.jar)
Lightbulb.png Note: Unless you have a multi-homed machine and know what this means/requires, server-ip= in server.properties MUST remain unchanged from default and be blank.
Lightbulb.png Note: When running a server for the first time, errors will show up. Do not worry as this is normal; the server is generating files and folders needed to run as they do not exist yet.


Auto Installer:

  1. ImminentFate's CraftBukkit Installer

Manual (recommended):

  1. Download CraftBukkit's latest build: CraftBukkit - Recommended Build cb_rec_date_mcver_bold.png
  2. Put the .jar file in the directory you'd like the server to run from
  3. Open notepad and type:

This will work with any version of java and windows. If for some reason it doesn't work try each one below.

java -Xmx1G -Xms1G -jar craftbukkit-1.0.1-R1.jar
"%ProgramFiles%\Java\jre6\bin\java.exe" -Xincgc -Xmx1G -jar craftbukkit-1.0.1-R1.jar
Lightbulb.png Note: If you are running java in 32-bit mode on a 64-bit machine, change %ProgramFiles% to %ProgramFiles(x86)%

If you are running Java 7 beta, type this instead:

"%ProgramFiles%\Java\jre7\bin\java.exe" -Xincgc -Xmx1G -jar craftbukkit-1.0.1-R1.jar

4. Save the document as RUN.bat (not as a .txt)
5. Double Click RUN.bat and you're away!
6. When you're done toying, issue "stop" command in console.

Please note that the full directory of the java.exe doesn't need to be entered. just entering "Java" will do just fine, so one could use the following codes to ensure universal compatibility.

java -Xincgc -Xmx1G -jar craftbukkit-1.0.1-R1.jar

Or, the following can be used (although may not work on all machines) It is a lot shorter than the previous ones.

java -Xincgc -Xmx1G -jar "%dp0craftbukkit-1.0.1-R1.jar"


See also: Setting up a remote Linux server
  1. Download CraftBukkit's latest recommended build.
  2. Put the .jar in a folder, for this example we'll use a generic one: ~/minecraft
  3. Move to the above directory in terminal with 'cd ~/minecraft'
  4. Create a new text document in the minecraft folder and name it minecraft.sh
  5. Edit the document and paste this into it:
 cat > minecraft.sh << EOF
 BINDIR=$(dirname "$(readlink -fn "$0")")
 cd "$BINDIR"
 java -Xincgc -Xmx1G -jar craftbukkit-1.0.1-R1.jar
 chmod +x minecraft.sh

      6. Save the shell and make sure that it is executable, then open it in terminal. A console window will open and close quickly. 

6. Then, in terminal, type '~/minecraft/minecraft.sh' to run to start the server. 
7. When you're done playing around, issue the "stop" command in console.

If you plan to run the server more permanently an init script like this one is recommended: [1]

For CentOS Users - A little more detailed page for CentOS.

Mac OS X

  1. Install Java
    Since OS X 10.7 Java does not come packaged with OS X. You will need to install java from the Apple's website http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1421
  2. Obtaining the Server Files
    To run a server you will need the server jars, i.e. the server files. We will need a place to put the files.
    1. Create a New Folder
      Open up finder, and create a new folder in your Home folder named CraftBukkit
    2. Download the File
      Download the server files. You can download the latest builds from the front page of the wiki.
      Note: Download the stable build if you are not chasing the cutting edge in the development build
    3. Move the File
      Move the file from the Downloads folder to the CraftBukkit folder you created.
    4. Rename the File
      We will rename it craftbukkit.jar
  3. Obtaining startup script
    To easily start the server you will need a startup script. The following is a basic server script to start your server.
    1. Open up TextEdit and paste the following in
      cd "$( dirname "$0" )"
      java -server -Xmx2G -jar ./craftbukkit.jar
    2. Save the file
      Save it in your CraftBukkit folder as start_server.command
    3. Allow the script to run
      1. Open up Terminal.app
      2. Type into Terminal.app
        chmod +x
        Warning Warning: Do not hit return
      3. drag the start_server.command into Terminal.app
      4. hit return
  4. Starting the server
    From this point on you can start the server by double-clicking start_server.command.
    You will need to run the server once for it to generate some configuration files.
    Warning Warning: To stop the server, do not close the terminal/command prompt window. Instead, type 'stop' into the console. Closing the terminal window without stopping the server could lead to corruption of the save files.

ALTERNATE METHOD [Only for Advanced Users]:

Open Terminal (Found in Application/Utilities) and paste:

cd ~/Desktop/
mkdir BukkitServer
cd BukkitServer/
curl -O http://ci.bukkit.org/job/dev-CraftBukkit/promotion/latest/Recommended/artifact/craftbukkit-1.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
mv craftbukkit-1.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar CraftBukkit.jar
echo "cd ~/Desktop/BukkitServer/" >> start.command
echo "java -Xincgc -Xmx[RAM]M -jar CraftBukkit.jar" >> start.command
chmod +x start.command
echo "You should update your server weekly!"
open -a TextEdit start.command

Textedit should open a document called "LaunchServer.command". Find [RAM] and replace it with:
512 or 1024 or 1536 or 2560 or 3072 or 5120

That is the ram amount the server will have.
512=512MB; 1024=1GB; 1536=1.5GB; 2560=2.5GB; 3072=3GB; 5120=5GB

The server is installed on your Desktop, in "Bukkit Server". To start it double click "LaunchServer.command". 

Via the wiki, which is currently down at the moment...


Also there is this mini guide for setting up a bukkit server:


I'm hosting a Minecraft Server for 2 Months now and would like to share my experience. It's especially a guide for beginners, because i felt a little bit helpless without any good tutorials how to set up a server and WHERE to search for the right files. 
I'm just explaining the setup of the server on a linux server, because a real server has to run on a rootserver and in most cases linux is running on it. A general knowledge how to deal with linux on console is required as well. Else, there is a tutorial dealing with this topic: http://www.minecraft...?f=1013&t=23122

Files / Download locations:
official server files: http://www.minecraft.net/download.jsp (bottom)
bukkit files: http://bamboo.lukegb...ev-CraftBukkit/
plugins for bukkit: http://plugins.bukkit.org/

- download official server files (minecraft_server.jar)
- download latest craftbuckkit (craftbuckkit.jar)
- run server with "java -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -jar craftbukkit.jar nogui"
- create folder "plugins" and move your plugins in it!
- configure your config files

How to start
Download the official server files from minecraft.net. There now should be a "minecraft_server.jar" in your favored directory. After it you should get the latest build of CraftBukkit (well, the project is known as Bukkit, but actually the used version is CraftBukkit, since Bukkit itself is for developers. So don't make the mistake to download Bukkit).
The latest snapshot is in general a good start, but you should look after a build (listed in the left table) which is marked with a green star, which points out a recommenced version. After a rename you should now have the official server "minecraft_server.jar" and a "craftbukkit.jar" in your directory.
It's now time for a first start. Run the server with the command: 

java -Xmx1024M-Xms1024M-jar craftbukkit.jar nogui

This is exactly the same command from minecraft.net, but instead of minecraft_server.jar you point to the craftbukkit.jar.

If everything went well and you can see


[INFO] This server is running Craftbukkit version git-Bukkit-0.0.0-493-g8b5496e-b493jnks (MC: 1.3)

(or a similar message) when starting the server, you got the first, most important step.

Improving game experience
Now, the best thing of bukkit is that you can extend it by just creating a "plugins" folder in the directory of your server and move every plugin you download from the link I gave you above into that folder. If it is a .zip archive, just unpack it. You can edit the config files which are often in a folder with the same name like the plugin. Sometimes the config files are just generated when you restart the server and sometimes they create them in the root directory of your server.

Updating and helping
As a good server administrator you want to live on the bleeding edge of development and heres your task. You have to follow the development of every single plugin you add. Since every plugin produces server load, you should care about the amount. If you discover a bug or you have a suggestion: Feel free to ask in the Thread of the plugin. Bukkit and the plugins are under heavy development. Feel also free to thank the plugin developers for their work.

useful standard plugins
There are tons of useful and funny plugins which I want you to browse on your own. But I recommence to look after:
+ name: permissions
|-> description: a plugin, which allows you to control who is allows to do what. It has in integrated group system and
many, many plugins support it (the alternative is GroupManager but i'm not fimilar with it)
|-> link: http://forums.bukkit...sions-493.5974/

+ name: iconomy
|-> description: adds an extendable economy system to your server. Many plugins are supporting it.
|-> link: http://forums.bukkit...ease-update.40/

+ name: multiverse
|-> description: if you think to use multiple worlds -> this is the way how u realize it!
|-> link: http://forums.bukkit...orlds-400.3707/

+ name: LWC
|-> description: A plugin to protect each ones chests, doors and furnances
|-> link: http://forums.bukkit.....%20t-493.967/

Since Bukkit and the plugins are under heavy development it could happen (it will happen ...) that bugs occur. As soon as you got a working combination of CraftBukkit build and plugins, you should make a BACKUP!!! This state is also a chance for you to see your suggestions realized very quick.

ADVICE: I never used bookmarks seriously before, but since I host this server i follow the development of the plugin I'm using. Bookmarks in your browser are a good way to keep track and a fast way to check, if your server and your plugins are up to date. Unfortunatly there isn't a general update system implemented in CraftBukkit so everything is done manualy.


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