Server/Requirements/Dedicated

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This article does not apply to Classic server software.
This article only describes technical information for SMP Server Hosting.

It should be noted that these suggestion presume default settings in server.conf - i.e., a Draw Distance no higher than 10, and is also based on a new world; the bigger the world gets, especially if there's advanced redstone circuitry at work, the requirements - especially the RAM, or in the case of lots of redstone or mobs (in e.g. grinders), the CPU - increase significantly (to the point where a major world with several camps, redstone machinery, grinders, etcetera can easily more than double the requirements).

Windows[edit | edit source]

User Grade[edit | edit source]

  • 1 player ~ 50-100 MB of Ram - on it's own, but in practicality, it will always pull more, if it's e.g. in different chunks, moving through chunks very quickly (e.g. on a boat or via rail); the player object as such won't use/drain more RAM, but it will effectively lead to significantly more RAM being used by the server if it's doing anything besides standing perfectly still somewhere.

Win NT/2K/XP[edit | edit source]

  • Note that these requirements are for the server only you will need to allocate more resources to the OS!
Requirements Players CPU RAM HDD WAN Up WAN Down Notes
Minimum 1-2 Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 2000+
and better
1 GB 2 GB empty space
(5GB if you are doing frequent backups)
3 Mbit/s 2 Mbit/s (Minecraft Servers can barely,
but still run on a 1Mbit/s Upload connection. The server will miss ticks with this hardware-configuration.)
Acceptable 3-5 Intel Core-Based CPUs or AMD K8-Based CPUs
and better
3 GB 10 GB empty space 6 Mbit/s 3 Mbit/s
Recommended 5-7 Intel Core-Based CPUs or AMD K8-Based CPUs at 3.4GHz
or higher
5 GB 18 GB empty space 8 Mbit/s 4 Mbit/s
Good 7-9 Intel Nehalem-Based CPUs or AMD K10-Based CPUs
and better
6 GB 25 GB empty space 14 Mbit/s 7 Mbit/s
Optimal 9+ Intel Nehalem-Based CPUs or AMD K10-Based CPUs at 3.6GHz
or higher
8 GB 35 GB empty space 30 Mbit/s 15 Mbit/s A Mechanical Disk or a SLC SSD with high Read/Write speeds is recommended.

Win Vista/7/8[edit | edit source]

  • Note that these requirements are for the server only you will need to allocate more resources to the OS!
Requirements Players CPU RAM HDD WAN Up WAN Down Notes
Minimum 1-3 Intel Core-Based CPUs or AMD K8-Based CPUs
and better
2 GB 10 GB empty space 6 Mbit/s 3 Mbit/s
Recommended 3-5 Intel Core-Based CPUs or AMD K8-Based CPUs
and better
3 GB 18 GB empty space 8 Mbit/s 4 Mbit/s
Good 5-7 Intel Nehalem-Based CPUs or AMD K10-Based CPUs
and better
6 GB 25 GB empty space 14 Mbit/s 7 Mbit/s
Optimal 8+ Intel Nehalem-Based CPUs or AMD K10-Based CPUs at 3.6GHz
or higher
8 GB 35 GB empty space 30 Mbit/s 15 Mbit/s A Mechanical Disk or a SLC SSD with high Read/Write speeds is recommended.

Server Grade[edit | edit source]

Win 2003[edit | edit source]

  • Note that these requirements are for the server only you will need to allocate more resources to the OS!
Requirements Players CPU RAM HDD WAN Up WAN Down Notes
Minimum 1-2 Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 2000+
and better
1 GB 2 GB empty space
(5GB if you are doing frequent backups)
3 Mbit/s 2 Mbit/s (Minecraft Servers can barely,
but still run on a 1Mbit/s Upload connection. The server will miss ticks with this hardware-configuration.)
Recommended 2-4 Intel Core-Based CPUs or AMD K8-Based CPUs
and better
3 GB 18 GB empty space 8 Mbit/s 4 Mbit/s
Optimal 4+ Intel Nehalem-Based CPUs or AMD K10-Based CPUs
and better
6 GB 35 GB empty space 30 Mbit/s 15 Mbit/s A Mechanical Disk or a SLC SSD with high Read/Write speeds is recommended.

Win 2008[edit | edit source]

  • Note that these requirements are for the server only you will need to allocate more resources to the OS!
Requirements Players CPU RAM HDD WAN Up WAN Down Notes
Minimum 1-2 Intel Core-Based CPUs or AMD K8-Based CPUs
and better
2 GB 2 GB empty space
(5GB if you are doing frequent backups)
3 Mbit/s 2 Mbit/s (Minecraft Servers can barely,
but still run on a 1Mbit/s Upload connection.)
Recommended 2-5 Intel Nehalem-Based CPUs or AMD K10-Based CPUs
and better
4 GB 18 GB empty space 8 Mbit/s 4 Mbit/s
Optimal 6+ Intel Nehalem-Based CPUs or AMD K10-Based CPUs at 3.6GHZ
or higher
8 GB 35 GB empty space 30 Mbit/s 15 Mbit/s A Mechanical Disk or a SLC SSD with high Read/Write speeds is recommended.

Unix (Linux, BSD, Mac OSX)[edit | edit source]

  • These requirements apply to the Native Java for Unix, and not windows emulation using Wine or Mono.

GUI[edit | edit source]

  • Note that these requirements are for the server only you will need to allocate more resources to the OS!
Requirements Players CPU RAM HDD WAN Up WAN Down Notes
Minimum 1-2 Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1600+ or PowerPC 750 1000 MHz/G4 1 GHz
and better
512 MB 2 GB empty space
(5GB if you are doing frequent backups)
3 Mbit/s 2 Mbit/s (Minecraft Servers can barely run,
but still run on a 1Mbit/s Upload connection. The server will miss ticks with this hardware-configuration.)
Acceptable 2-3 Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 2600+ or G4/Frescale 7xxx 1.8 GHz
and better
3 GB 8 GB empty space 6 Mbit/s 3 Mbit/s
Recommended 3-5 Intel Core-Based CPUs or AMD K8-Based CPUs IBM 970 2.0 GHz
and better
5 GB 16 GB empty space 8 Mbit/s 4 Mbit/s
Good 5-7 Intel Core-Based CPUs or AMD K8-Based CPUs IBM 970 2.0 GHz
and better
6 GB 25 GB empty space 14 Mbit/s 7 Mbit/s
Optimal 7+ Intel Core-Based CPUs or AMD K8-Based CPUs at 3.6GHz or higher IBM 970 2.0 GHz
and better
6 GB 35 GB empty space 30 Mbit/s 15 Mbit/s A Mechanical Disk or a SLC SSD with high Read/Write speeds is recommended.

Console[edit | edit source]

  • Note that these requirements are for the server only you will need to allocate more resources to the OS!
Requirements Players CPU RAM HDD WAN Up WAN Down Notes
Minimum 1-3 Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon-Based CPUs and better 512 MB 2 GB empty space
(5GB if you are doing frequent backups)
3 Mbit/s 2 Mbit/s (Minecraft Servers can barely,
but still run on a 1Mbit/s Upload connection. The server will miss ticks with this hardware-configuration.)
Acceptable 3-5 Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 2600+
and better
1 GB 8 GB empty space 6 Mbit/s 3 Mbit/s
Recommended 5-8 Intel Core-Based CPUs or AMD K8-Based CPUs
and better
3 GB 16 GB empty space 8 Mbit/s 4 Mbit/s
Good 8-12 Intel Core-Based CPUs or AMD K8-Based CPUs at 3.0GHz
or higher
5 GB 25 GB empty space 14 Mbit/s 7 Mbit/s
Optimal 12+ Intel Nehalem-Based CPUs or AMD K10-Based CPUs
and better
6 GB 35 GB empty space 30 Mbit/s 15 Mbit/s A Mechanical Disk or a SLC SSD with high Read/Write speeds is recommended.