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How to Install Minecraft Server on CentOS 7


How to Install Minecraft Server on CentOS 7

Minecraft is one of the most mainstream rounds ever. It is a sandbox computer game about setting blocks and going on experiences. 

In this instructional exercise, we'll experience the means important to introduce and arrange Minecraft Server on CentOS 7. We'll utilize Systemd to run the Minecraft worker and the mcrcon utility for interfacing with the running occasion. We'll additionally tell you the best way to plan computerized worker reinforcements utilizing a Cron work. 


The client you are signed in as must have sudo advantages to have the option to introduce bundles. 

Introduce the bundles needed to construct the mcrcon device: 

sudo yum install git
sudo yum group install "Development Tools"

Installing Java Runtime Environment

Minecraft requires Java 8 or more prominent. Since the Minecraft Server needn't bother with a graphical UI, we'll introduce the headless adaptation of the openjdk. This variant is more reasonable for worker applications since it has less conditions and uses less framework assets. 

The establishment of Java is pretty basic, just run: 

sudo yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk-headless

Check the establishment by printing the Java adaptation : 

java -version
openjdk version "1.8.0_191"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_191-b12)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.191-b12, mixed mode)

OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (fabricate 25.191-b12, blended mode) 

Creating Minecraft User

Running administrations as Minecraft under the root client isn't suggested for security reasons. 

We'll make another framework client and gathering minecraft with home index/select/minecraft that will run the Minecraft worker: 

sudo useradd -r -m -U -d /opt/minecraft -s /bin/bash minecraft

We won't set a secret word for this client. This is acceptable security practice since this client won't have the option to login through SSH. To change to the minecraft client you'll should be signed in to the worker as root or client with sudo advantages. 

Installing Minecraft on CentOS

Prior to beginning with the establishment cycle, do sure you change to client minecraft: 

sudo su - minecraft

Make three new indexes inside the client home catalog utilizing the accompanying order: 

mkdir -p ~/{backups,tools,server}

The reinforcements index will store your worker reinforcement. You can later synchronize this index to your distant reinforcement worker. 

The instruments registry will store the mcrcon customer and the reinforcement content. 

The worker catalog will contain the genuine Minecraft worker and its information. 

Downloading and Compiling mcrcon

RCON is a convention that permits you to interface with the Minecraft workers and execute orders. mcron is RCON customer inherent C. 

We'll download the source code from GitHub and fabricate the mcrcon double. 

Start by moving to the ~/instruments index and clone the Tiiffi/mcrcon vault from GitHub utilizing the accompanying order: 

cd ~/tools && git clone

When the archive is cloned, explore to its index: 

cd ~/tools/mcrcon

Assemble the mcrcon utility utilizing the GCC compiler : 

gcc -std=gnu11 -pedantic -Wall -Wextra -O2 -s -o mcrcon mcrcon.c

At the point when finished, test it by composing: 

./mcrcon -h

The yield will look something like this: 

Usage: mcrcon [OPTIONS]... [COMMANDS]...
Sends rcon commands to Minecraft server.

  -h		Print usage
  -H		Server address
  -P		Port (default is 25575)
  -p		Rcon password
  -t		Interactive terminal mode
  -s		Silent mode (do not print received packets)
  -c		Disable colors
  -r		Output raw packets (debugging and custom handling)
  -v		Output version information

Server address, port and password can be set using following environment variables:

Command-line options will override environment variables.
Rcon commands with arguments must be enclosed in quotes.

	mcrcon -H my.minecraft.server -p password "say Server is restarting!" save-all stop

mcrcon 0.6.1 (built: May 19 2019 23:39:16)
Report bugs to tiiffi_at_gmail_dot_com or

Downloading Minecraft Server 

There are a few Minecraft worker mods like Craftbukkit or Spigot that permits you to add highlights (modules) on your worker and further modify and change the worker settings. In this instructional exercise, we will introduce the most recent Mojang's authentic vanilla Minecraft worker. 

The most recent Minecraft worker's Java chronicle document (JAR) is accessible for download from the Minecraft download page . 

At the hour of composing, the most recent adaptation is 1.14.1. Prior to proceeding with the following stage you should check the download page for another variant. 

Run the accompanying wget order to download the Minecraft container record in the ~/worker index: 

wget -P ~/server

Configuring Minecraft Server

Explore to the ~/worker registry and start the Minecraft worker: 

cd ~/server
java -Xmx1024M -Xms512M -jar server.jar nogui

At the point when you start the worker unexpectedly it executes a few activities and makes the and eula.txt records and stops. 

[14:33:44] [main/ERROR]: Failed to load properties from file:
[14:33:45] [main/WARN]: Failed to load eula.txt
[14:33:45] [main/INFO]: You need to agree to the EULA in order to run the server. Go to eula.txt for more info.
nano ~/server/eula.txt


#By changing the setting below to TRUE you are indicating your agreement to our EULA (
#Sun May 19 23:41:45 PDT 2019

Close and spare the document. 

Next, open the document, empower the rcon convention and set the rcon secret phrase: 

nano ~/server/

Find the accompanying lines and update their qualities as demonstrated as follows: 



Remember to change the solid secret key to something safer. On the off chance that you would prefer not to interface with the Minecraft worker from distant areas ensure the rcon port is obstructed by your firewall. 

While here, you can likewise change the worker's default properties. For more data about the potential settings visit the page. 

Creating Systemd Unit File

To run Minecraft as an assistance we will make another Systemd unit record. 

Switch back to your sudo client by composing exit. 

Open your word processor and make a document named minecraft.service in the/and so forth/systemd/framework/: 

sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/minecraft.service

Glue the accompanying arrangement: 


Description=Minecraft Server

SuccessExitStatus=0 1
ExecStart=/usr/bin/java -Xmx1024M -Xms512M -jar server.jar nogui
ExecStop=/opt/minecraft/tools/mcrcon/mcrcon -H -P 25575 -p strong-password stop


Change the Xmx and Xms banners as per your worker assets. The Xmx banner characterizes the greatest memory distribution pool for a Java virtual machine (JVM), while Xms characterizes the underlying memory assignment pool. Additionally, ensure that you are utilizing the right rcon port and secret phrase. 

Spare and close the record and tell systemd that we made another unit document: 

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Presently you can begin the Minecraft worker by executing: 

sudo systemctl start minecraft

The clench hand time you start the administration it will produce a few arrangement documents and registries including the Minecraft world. 

Check the administration status with the accompanying order: 

sudo systemctl status minecraft
? minecraft.service - Minecraft Server
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/minecraft.service; disabled; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: active (running) since Sun 2019-05-19 23:49:18 PDT; 9min ago
 Main PID: 17356 (java)
   CGroup: /system.slice/minecraft.service
           ??17356 /usr/bin/java -Xmx1024M -Xms512M -jar server.jar nogui --noconsole

Empower the Minecraft administration to be consequently begun at boot time: 

sudo systemctl enable minecraft

Adjusting Firewall

In the event that your worker is secured by a firewall to get to Minecraft worker from an external perspective of your neighborhood network you have to open port 25565: 

sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-port=25565/tcp
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Configuring Backups

In this part, we'll make a reinforcement content and cronjob to consequently reinforcement the Minecraft worker. 

Start by changing to minecraft client: 

sudo su - minecraft

Open your content tool and make the accompanying record: 

nano /opt/minecraft/tools/

Glue the accompanying design: 



function rcon {
  /opt/minecraft/tools/mcrcon/mcrcon -H -P 25575 -p strong-password "$1"

rcon "save-off"
rcon "save-all"
tar -cvpzf /opt/minecraft/backups/server-$(date +%F-%H-%M).tar.gz /opt/minecraft/server
rcon "save-on"

## Delete older backups
find /opt/minecraft/backups/ -type f -mtime +7 -name '*.gz' -delete

Make the content executable by giving the accompanying chmod order: 

chmod +x /opt/minecraft/tools/

Open the crontab record and make a cronjob that will run once in a day naturally at a fixed time: 

crontab -e

We'll run the reinforcement content each day at 23:00h: 

0 23 * * * /opt/minecraft/tools/

Accessing Minecraft Console

To get to the Minecraft Console you can utilize the mcrcon utility. 

The language structure is as per the following, you have to indicate the host, rcon port, rcon secret key and utilize the - t switch that empowers the mcrcon terminal mode: 

/opt/minecraft/tools/mcrcon/mcrcon -H -P 25575 -p strong-password -t
Logged in. Type "Q" to quit!


You have successfully installed Minecraft server on your CentOS 7 system and set up a daily backup.

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