Bedrock Dedicated Server
Bedrock Edition only
|This is in its early development stages, so as with any early release software, it may have severe issues. Due to this support may be stopped at any time.|
Bedrock Dedicated Servers allow Minecraft players on Windows and Ubuntu computers to set up their own server at home, or host their server using a cloud-based service.
BDS is a server hosting tool similar to the Java Edition server. Like Java Edition, there is a server.properties and whitelist.json file. Instead of ops.json, permissions are stored in the permissions.json file. Because there's no JAR archive to store resources in, resources are in the resource_packs directory. Worlds are in a new worlds directory. BDS is the same server software used for Realms.
- See also: Bedrock_Edition § Platform_differences
BDS allows users to connect except from the Nintendo Switch. Xbox One users can only connect through a LAN connection. BDS uses UDP unlike Java Edition which uses TCP. The default port for IPv4 is 19132, the default port for IPv6 is 19133; These can be changed in server.properties.
To use the whitelist, it needs to be enabled in server.properties. When enabled, the server will only allow selected users to connect, and you will need to know the Xbox Live gamertag of all players who want to join the server; players without an Xbox Live gamertag will not be able to connect. If your server is public and you do not enable the whitelist, you will not be able to ban players from the server.
To learn more about whitelisting, check out the guide that comes with the download. If you are having trouble with player behavior on a server that you own, whitelisting may be a good way to solve the issue.
Startup and maintenance scripts
- MCscripts systemd units and scripts for backups, updates, and shutdown warnings
Since this server software is still in Alpha phase, it still lacks many things from Java Edition.
- Server ignores default player permission level in server.properties
- /reload for reloading to prevent crashes, similar to the one in Java Edition
- A command to transfer between different worlds, similar to Lifeboat's world transfer system
- A server invite system that allows Xbox One and Nintendo Switch users to connect, similar to Realms
- Running the server on other platforms, similar to Lifeboat's Steadfast 2 server software on MacOS
- Support for websocket server, similar to /wsserver
The server follows the client's release cycle.
|1.6.1||First public Bedrock Dedicated Server (BDS) release.|
| Includes a |
|Bug tracker for BDS was launched.|
|1.7||Server software updated for Bedrock Edition 1.7|
|1.8||Server software updated for Bedrock Edition 1.8|