How To Install Minecraft Server on Ubuntu 14.04

Install Minecraft Server on Ubuntu 14.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install the Minecraft server on Ubuntu 14.04. For those of you who didn’t know, Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. The creative and building aspects of Minecraft allow players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Minecraft servers allow players to play online or via a local area network with other people. They may either be run on a hosted server, on local dedicated server hardware, a Virtual Private server on a home machine, or on your local gaming computer.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation Minecraft server on Ubuntu 14.04.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 14.04.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Minecraft Server on Ubuntu 14.04

Step 1. First, Install Java-JDK.

Add the webupd8team Java PPA repository to your system:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:webupd8team/java

After adding the PPA, run the commands below one by one to install Java:

sudo apt-get update
sudo aptitude -y install oracle-java8-installer

Verify Installed Java Version:

java -version

Step 2. Create a Minecraft directory.

mkdir minecraft
cd minecraft

Step 3. Install and Configure Minecraft.

wget --no-check-certificate

Next, We have to grant minecraft_server.jar with the correct permissions for execution:

chmod +x minecraft_server.jar

You’ll now need to install “screen” to keep the Minecraft server running after the SSH session is closed:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install screen

Use the screen and run Minecraft:


Startup Minecraft (you can edit the 1024M value to match your server’s RAM):

java -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -jar minecraft_server.jar nogui

To get back to the normal screen, press these keys: Control+A+D, To get back to the screen where Minecraft is running:

screen -r

Congratulations! You have successfully installed the Minecraft Server. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Minecraft Server on Ubuntu 14.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Minecraft website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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