Bedrock Dedicated Server

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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.[1]


BDS is a server hosting tool similar to the Java Edition server. It shares many similarities a server has. It is the same server software used for Realms.[2]


See also: Bedrock_Edition § Platform_differences

Unlike Java Edition, BDS allows all players to connect with the exception of Nintendo Switch. Xbox One users will only be able to connect through a LAN connection.


To have this property available, it will need to be enabled in 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 have the whitelisting property enabled, you will not have the ability to remove/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.


Since this server software is still in Alpha phase, it still lacks many things from Java Edition.

  • /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.[3]

Bedrock Edition
1.6.1 First public Bedrock Dedicated Server (BDS) release.[4][5]
Includes a bedrock_server_how_to.html as a guide.
Bug tracker for BDS was launched.

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