Server/Requirements/Dedicated

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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]

User Grade[edit]

  • 1 player ~ 50-100 MB of RAM - on its 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, via rail or flying with elytra); 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]

  • 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/7/8/10[edit]

  • 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]

Win Server 2000/2003[edit]

  • 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 Server 2008/2012/2016[edit]

  • 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]

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

GUI[edit]

  • 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,
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]

  • 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 Ryzen 3 or 5 Based CPUs
or higher
5 GB 25 GB empty space 14 Mbit/s 7 Mbit/s
Optimal 12+ Intel i5 or i7 CPUs or AMD Ryzen 5 or 7 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.