Minecraft includes an in-game server list for multiplayer in which users can save the servers they visit.
In Java Edition, there is no pre-populated server list directly available from in-game itself or on the official Minecraft website, but the stand-alone Java Edition launcher does support adding servers in the Multiplayer section. It allows players to see if a server is online, how many slots it has, and how good the player's connection (ping time) to the server is. Hovering over the connection status icon in Minecraft's server list will tell the player the connection speed to the server.
In Bedrock Edition, the server list has a section for featured servers which are partnered with Mojang AB. In the console versions, these are the only servers available, as there is no option to add unofficial servers.
Finding unofficial servers
Several websites provide a place for server owners to publicly advertise their servers, listing IP addresses and other information about these servers. There are two sites of note: the official Classic server list maintained by Mojang and the public server list at the Minecraft Forums.
In Java Edition, the servers appear on the list in a set order which can be changed. To change the order the servers appear on the list, hover over the server you'd like to move and use the arrows to move the server up or down on the list. Alternatively, you can hold ⇧ Shift and use the arrow keys.
In Bedrock Edition, the servers are always in order.
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.8||Added server list.|
|Before, the multiplayer section did not support saving multiple servers and only displayed the last server visited. It was just a simple input prompt box for the server IP address/site.|
|The ability to save and view multiple servers was added in this update.|
|1.3.2||It is now possible to hit F1 on your keyboard to hide/show server IPs in the list.|
|1.4.2||The server list now shows the version of an outdated server.
You can no longer attempt to connect to an outdated server via the server list menu.
|1.7.2||13w41a||Added server icons.|
|Lists the current players on a server when you hover over the player number.|
|Added Support for multi-line MOTD comments.|
|Server IP is now always hidden in the server list, and "Polling..." is no longer shown.|
|1.8||14w02a||Now shows the server platform (like CraftBukkit).|
|1.2||build 1||Added a server list, with a section for featured servers.|
|build 6||The option to add an external server to the list is not included in the console build.|