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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.[citation needed] Some of these servers can be found in the server list page, although not every server on the list is a custom server (some are SMP). 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.

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[edit] Features

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.

[edit] Multiworld

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 you 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 grief.

[edit] 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 ampersign (&) 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. If you use an ID below 127, it doesn't add a color code, so the ones you use 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.

[edit] Comparison

This is a comparison of available custom servers for both versions of Minecraft.

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

[edit] Survival

This version of Minecraft only includes SMP at this time.

Metadata

Name Developer(s) Language License Platform
Bravo C. and others Python 2 MIT WindowsLinuxOS X
C#raft ementalo, spazzarama Smjert, Deniska(Gremlin13) C# AGPL3 WindowsLinuxOS X
Chunky Monkey huin, agon, nictuku Go MIT WindowsLinuxOS X
craftd Founders (kev009, meh), PrecipiceGames (HACKhalo2, dotblank, alyawn), other contributors C99 Simplified BSD Linux
mc-erl Apiocera, clonejo Erlang GPL v3 Linux
Glowstone SpaceManiac Java MIT WindowsLinuxOS X
hCraft BizarreCake C++ GPLv3 Linux
LibOpenCraft Geramy, Alex, Zahndy C# GPL v3 WindowsLinuxOS X
MCServer Many C++ Apache License 2.0 WindowsLinuxOS XAndroid
Mineserver Fador, Nredor, Psoden, deoxxa, ... C++ New BSD WindowsLinuxOS X
OpenMC Xinnx C# GPL v3 Windows
PocketMine-MP for Minecraft: PE PocketMine Team: shoghicp, sekjun9878, Brandon15811, Intyre, williamtdr PHP LGPL WindowsLinuxOS XAndroidiOS
Spout
(with Vanilla plugin)
SpoutDev: Afforess, Wulfspider, alta189, raphfrk, Top_Cat, narrowtux, Olloth, Rycochet, RoyAwesome, zml2008 Java SpoutDev v1 WindowsLinuxOS X

Features

Name Scripting IRC Multiworld Physics Entities Biomes Redstone Pistons
C#raft C# Java
VisualBasic
Yes Planned Yes Yes Yes Planned Planned
Chunky Monkey Unknown No Planned Planned Partial No Unknown Unknown
craftd Many Planned No Yes Planned No Unknown Unknown
mc-erl No No No No No No Unknown Unknown
hCraft No Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes Planned Planned
Glowstone Bukkit Plugin Yes Planned Partial No Unknown Unknown
LibOpenCraft .NET Planned Planned Planned Yes Yes Planned Planned
LuaCraft Lua Plugin Planned Yes Yes Planned Yes Planned
MCServer Lua Plugin Yes Partial Partial Yes Yes Yes
Mineserver Many
Mostly C++
Plugin Yes Yes Partial Yes Unknown Unknown
OpenMC .NET No No No Yes No Unknown Unknown
PocketMine-MP for Minecraft: PE PocketMine API Plugin Yes Yes Work in Progress AI Partial Not in MCPE Not in MCPE
Spout (with Vanilla plugin) SpoutAPI Plugin Yes Partial Partial Yes Yes Yes

[edit] Classic

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 Release server software which means no Release support (only Classic, outdated).

Metadata

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
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

Features

Name Scripting GUI IRC Multiworld Custom Blocks Physics Entities Block Tracking Remote Console Supports CPE
800Craft .NET Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Online N/A
Arc Python, Lua (Planned) Planned Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Planned No
D3 Lua Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
fCraft Binary Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes
FemtoCraft No No No No No Yes No No No Yes
FourCraft No No Planned No Planned Yes No No No Yes
GGS Java No Plugin Yes Yes Yes Plugin Plugin No No
LegendCraft C# .NET Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Planned Yes
OpenClassic Java Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
PowerBlock JavaScript Plugin Plugin Plugin Plugin Plugin Plugin Plugin Plugin No