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A custom server is a Minecraft server that uses no derived code or components from the original Minecraft Classic or Survival server software, thus they are 100% free of Mojang code and restrictions.Template:Tag They are made as alternatives to the original server to add extra features, such as gameplay changes or to make fixes such as lag optimization. The protocol implemented by beta Minecraft releases from Mojang can change with each release, so custom server creation and maintenance has the extra challenge of remaining up to date with these changes.

Features[edit | edit source]

Custom servers have a range of features, some common with official server editions. These features extend the functionality of gameplay, administration and many new, original additions.

Multiworld[edit | edit source]

Multiworld is the name of a feature of the Minecraft client which can be used by a custom server. The first server to have this feature was Myne.

Usually on these servers they have a main world with portals to direct the player to these other maps or by a command. They can also create new worlds and assign various properties to the world, for example; restrictions on who may enter or build on certain worlds. This makes it possible to show old worlds while still having maps for the public to build on. This can also grant more private areas to prevent griefing.

Formatting codes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Formatting codes

Formatting codes are handled by the game with a section sign (§). The default Minecraft Client does not allow to insert this symbol into chat, therefore many Custom Servers allow to use an ampersand (&) or percent (%) instead.

Messages sent from the server to the client can contain formatting codes.

When the client sends color coded chat to the server (using a modified or old client), some servers (including vanilla) will kick the player and ignore the message.

Color coding at the start of the message will only work if the player ID byte is less than 127. If it is 127 or higher, the game automatically adds §e before the message, making it yellow. However, color codes after the first character still work. Using an ID below 127, it doesn't add a color code, so the ones the player uses will work.

It is important to note that a section sign at the end of a message that is not followed by a hex digit will crash all clients that receive it, so it is a must to sanitize chat messages received from clients.

Comparison[edit | edit source]

See also: Bedrock Edition server software

This is a comparison of available custom servers for the PC version of Minecraft.

Servers that are listed here are required to have at least one publicly accessible release.

Survival[edit | edit source]

This version of Minecraft only includes multiplayer at this time.


Name Developer(s) Minecraft version Language License Platform
GemsCraft (In development, not fully functional yet) apotter96 1.13.2 C# MIT Windows
Diorite GotoFinal, NorthPL93 Minecraft 1.8 Java MIT WindowsLinuxOS X
Feather Caelum van Ispelen Minecraft 1.13.2 Rust Apache License 2.0 WindowsLinux
Bravo C. and others Minecraft Beta Python 2 MIT WindowsLinuxOS X
C#raft ementalo, spazzarama Smjert, Deniska(Gremlin13) Release 1.5 C# AGPL3 WindowsLinuxOS X
Chunky Monkey huin, agon, nictuku Minecraft Beta Go MIT WindowsLinuxOS X
craftd Founders (kev009, meh), PrecipiceGames (HACKhalo2, dotblank, alyawn), other contributors Minecraft Beta C99 Simplified BSD Linux
Cuberite Many Release 1.8 - 1.12.2 C++ Apache License 2.0 WindowsLinuxOS XAndroid
mc-erl Apiocera, clonejo Release 1.4.7 Erlang GPL v3 Linux
Glowstone SpaceManiac, deathcap, mastercoms, jimmikaelkael, gdude2002, momothereal, others Release 1.12.2 Java MIT WindowsLinuxOS X
hCraft BizarreCake Release 1.7.2 C++ GPLv3 Linux
LibOpenCraft Geramy, Alex, Zahndy Release 1.2.4 C# GPL v3 WindowsLinuxOS X
Mineserver Fador, Nredor, Psoden, deoxxa, ... Release 1.5.2 C++ New BSD WindowsLinuxOS X
OpenMC Xinnx Beta 1.4 C# GPL v3 Windows
(with Vanilla plugin)
SpoutDev: Afforess, Wulfspider, alta189, raphfrk, Top_Cat, narrowtux, Olloth, Rycochet, RoyAwesome, zml2008 Release 1.6.4 Java SpoutDev v1 WindowsLinuxOS X


Name Scripting IRC Multiworld Physics Entities Biomes Redstone Pistons
GemsCraft C# Planned Planned Planned Planned Planned Planned Planned
Chunky Monkey
Spout (with Vanilla plugin)

Classic[edit | edit source]

This version of Minecraft only includes Survival Multiplayer.
Only include developers that contribute to the source
Please be aware that if you are adding a MCLawl fork or just looking for a particular one they have been moved to here.

Please note that this is not Beta server software which means no Beta support (only Classic, outdated or inactive).


Name Basis Developer(s) Language License Database Platform
800Craft fCraft Jonty800, GlennMR, LaoTszy C# GPLv3 / MIT Flatfile WindowsLinuxOS X
Arc Myne The Arc Team Python BSD 2-Clause modified Flatfile WindowsLinuxOS X
D3 None Dadido3, Umby24 Purebasic MIT SQlite WindowsLinux
fCraft None fragmer C# MIT Flatfile WindowsLinuxOS X
FemtoCraft None fragmer C# BSD 3-Clause Flatfile WindowsLinuxOS X
FourCraft FemtoCraft dalak C# MIT Flatfile WindowsLinuxOS X
GGS None hypereddie Java GPL v3 SQLite/MySQL WindowsLinuxOS X
LegendCraft 800Craft LeChosenOne, DingusBungus C# MIT Flatfile WindowsLinuxOS X
[MinedStone] Arc RasmusOlle Python None Flatfile WindowsLinuxOS X
GemsCraft Classic LegendCraft apotter96 C# and VB MIT Flatfile WindowsLinuxOS X
OpenClassic OpenCraft Steveice10 Java MIT Flatfile WindowsLinuxOS X
PowerBlock None dreadiscool Java GPLv3 Flatfile WindowsLinuxOS X
Overv CTF MCSharp HeroCane (Marvy) C# GPLv3 Flatfile WindowsLinuxOS X
>>MCLawl Forks<< MCLawl Various C# Various Various WindowsLinuxOS X
Bonemeal None BonemealPioneer Python Apache 2.0 Various WindowsLinuxOS X


Name Scripting GUI IRC Multiworld Custom Blocks Physics Entities Block Tracking Remote Console Supports CPE

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