Updating a Minecraft Server: 13 Steps (with Pictures)

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Updating a Minecraft Server: 13 Steps (with Pictures)
Updating a Minecraft Server: 13 Steps (with Pictures)
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If an update has been released for Minecraft, you will first need to update your server before players who have the latest version can connect. Fortunately, updating a Minecraft server is not very difficult. You can even keep all your old settings so you don't have to set everything up again for the new version.

Steps

Update a Minecraft Server Step 1

Step 1. Open the Minecraft Server folder

This is the folder containing all the files for your server.

Update a Minecraft Server Step 2

Step 2. Back up all your essential configuration files

Make copies of the following files in another location so that you can restore them after updating:

  • banned-ips.txt
  • banned-players.txt
  • ops.txt
  • server.properties
Update a Minecraft Server Step 3

Step 3. Copy your "world-map" (world map)

Put these with your configuration files so you can restore them after the update so you can continue with your saved world.

Update a Minecraft Server Step 4

Step 4. Copy your start script or batch file

If you are using a script to launch Minecraft, make a copy here. You can save these to easily start up your server later.

Update a Minecraft Server Step 5

Step 5. Delete everything from your Minecraft Server folder after copying the important files

This prevents problems that can be caused by old files after the update.

Update a Minecraft Server Step 6

Step 6. Download the new Minecraft.net server file

Go to minecraft.net/download and download the server file for your operating system.

  • If you are using Windows, download the file with the extension EXE.
  • If you are using OS X or Linux, download the file with the extension JAR.
Update a Minecraft Server Step 7

Step 7. Copy the new server file to your Minecraft Server folder

Update a Minecraft Server Step 8

Step 8. Rename the server file

If you are using a script or batch file to start the server, you will need to rename the new server file so that the old script still works. Remove the version number from the end of the new server file to make your old scripts compatible.

For example, you can rename minecraft_server.1.8.exe to minecraft_server.exe

Update a Minecraft Server Step 9

Step 9. Run the server file

Double-click the new EXE or JAR to start the new server for the first time. It will create all the files needed to run the server.

Update a Minecraft Server Step 10

Step 10. Close the server

Once the files have been created, close the server.

Update a Minecraft Server Step 11

Step 11. Restore your backup

Move your files, script and "worldmap" to the Minecraft Server folder.

Update a Minecraft Server Step 12

Step 12. Open the

eula.txt file.

Find the line eula=false and change it to eula=true. Save the file and close the word processor.

Update a Minecraft Server Step 13

Step 13. Start your server

The update is complete.

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