Bedrock Dedicated Server

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This feature is exclusive to Bedrock Edition.
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]

Configuration[edit]

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. Resource and behavior packs are in the resource_packs and behavior_packs directories. JSON files in the world directory set packs to be used, Minecraft clients generate them and can be uploaded to the server. Worlds are in a new worlds directory. BDS is the same server software used for Realms.[2]

Connection[edit]

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.

Whitelist[edit]

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[edit]

  • MCscripts systemd units and bash scripts for backups, automatic updates, installation, and shutdown warnings
  • MinecraftBedrockServerSets up a Minecraft Bedrock dedicated server on Ubuntu / Debian / Raspbian / Armbian with options for automatic updates, backups and running automatically at startup

Issues[edit]

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
  • Experimental gameplay is not supported

History[edit]

The server follows the client's release cycle.[3]

Bedrock Edition
1.6.1.0First public Bedrock Dedicated Server (BDS) release.[4][5]
Includes a bedrock_server_how_to.html as a guide.
Bug tracker for BDS was launched.
1.7.0.13Server software updated for Bedrock Edition 1.7.0
1.8.0.24Server software updated for Bedrock Edition 1.8.0
2 issues fixed
  • BDS-104 – Save hold/resume causing world size to increase quite a bit more than normal.
  • BDS-198 – save query does not work more than once per boot
1.8.1.2Server software updated for Bedrock Edition 1.8.1
1.9.0.15Server software updated for Bedrock Edition 1.9.0
1.10.0.7Server software updated for Bedrock Edition 1.10.0
1.11.0.23Server software updated for Bedrock Edition 1.11.0
1.11.1.2Server software updated for Bedrock Edition 1.11.1
1.11.2.1Server software updated for Bedrock Edition 1.11.2
1.11.4.2Server software updated for Bedrock Edition 1.11.4
1.12.0.28Server software updated for Bedrock Edition 1.12.0
1.12.1.1Server software updated for Bedrock Edition 1.12.1
1.13.0.34Server software updated for Bedrock Edition 1.13.0
1.13.1.5Server software updated for Bedrock Edition 1.13.1
1.13.2.0Server software updated for Bedrock Edition 1.13.2

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