Minecraft Bedrock Edition – Ubuntu Dedicated Server Guide

Minecraft Bedrock Edition Logo
Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Logo

Minecraft Bedrock Edition is the version of Minecraft that powers the iPhone / Android versions (formerly Minecraft Pocket Edition), the Xbox / PlayStation / Nintendo Switch editions and the free Windows 10 Minecraft edition.

Mojang has released a dedicated server which is considered to be in alpha testing.  I have found it to be very stable and able to run on a wide variety of hardware.

This script and guide are written to help you get a robust Minecraft Bedrock dedicated server up and running in only a few minutes!

Features

  • Sets up fully operational Minecraft Bedrock edition server in a couple of minutes
  • Ubuntu / Debian distributions supported
  • Fully operational Minecraft Bedrock edition server in a couple of minutes
  • Sets up Minecraft as a system service with option to autostart at boot
  • Automatic backups when server restarts
  • Supports multiple instances — you can run multiple Bedrock servers on the same system
  • Updates automatically to the latest version when server is started
  • Easy control of server with start.sh, stop.sh and restart.sh scripts
  • Optional scheduled daily restart of server using cron

UPDATE 12/10/20 – Multiple instances are currently broken due to the Minecraft Bedrock Edition dedicated server opening up a set of ports it is not supposed to. Official bug is here on Mojang’s official website. This should fix itself eventually as it has nothing to do with this script but is in fact a bug in the server itself but for now be advised multiple instances don’t work. Single instances of the server are still fine.

Requirements

  • A computer with a 64 bit processor (if you are trying to use ARM read my article on the limitations). 32 bit binaries of the official server are not available so it needs to be 64 bit!
  • 1 GB of RAM or higher
  • Ubuntu Server 20.04 / 18.04

Recommended Gear

Game Editions

Minecraft: Bedrock Edition is the “Windows 10” version of Minecraft as well as the version of Minecraft on the Xbox / Playstation / Switch. The versions of Minecraft for Android and iOS are also the Bedrock edition.

All of these versions support cross-platform play with each other (but not with the Java edition).

Minecraft for Windows 10

This is the PC Minecraft for Windows 10 (Bedrock) edition of Minecraft. It is able to play cross-platform with other players on Android / iOS / Playstation / Xbox / Switch. Available as a code that is instantly activated to give you permanent access to the game!

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Minecraft for Xbox

This is the Microsoft Xbox version of Minecraft: Bedrock edition.

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Recommended Storage (Solid State Drive)

I strongly recommend a Solid State drive (SSD) for your server. This is because Minecraft is constantly reading/storing chunks to the disk which makes I/O performance very important.

These are much cheaper than they used to be. Here’s a decent 120 GB one (higher capacity options are available) at a very low price:

Kingston A400
Kingston A400 2.5″ SATA SSD

The Kingston A400 has been a great drive to use for years. It’s reliable, widely available around the world, has low power requirements and performs very well. It’s also very affordable. This drive has been benchmarked over 1000 times at pibenchmarks.com and is the #1 most popular SSD!

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If you have a M.2 NVME slot in your motherboard you can go with a high end drive. This will give your server maximum performance even if a large number of players are running around on the server changing blocks and triggering disk writes.

This is the one I have in my machine. These range from 250 GB to 2 TB depending on how big your server might grow:

Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSD
Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD

The Samsung 970 EVO Plus is a fantastic drive and has fallen in price substantially. It’s widely available around the world. The smaller capacities (such as the 250GB version) of this drive are perfect! This is the top performance option without going into the “Pro” series of the lineup which are much more expensive.

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Computer / CPU / Memory

Almost any PC made in the last few years will be a x86_64 bit computer. If you have an older computer around that isn’t being used then it will most likely have the right CPU and amount of memory (as well as fast storage) to run a basic server.

Throwing a SSD in one of these older computers will provide an excellent server experience for small and larger player counts.

The speed of your storage will make the largest difference. Older HDDs are going to have significantly slower performance than any modern SSD even with all other hardware equal. This is because the Minecraft server is constantly reading/writing chunks of your world as well as updates to it to the disk so this tends to be the bottleneck.

Operating System

I highly recommend using Ubuntu Server to run the Minecraft dedicated server. It is available here: https://ubuntu.com/download/server

At the time of writing the current version is Ubuntu Server 20.04. This is a secure and robust operating system and will leave plenty of resources available for the server to run.

The script should run on any Debian based flavor of Linux but since the Minecraft Bedrock server is compiled natively for Ubuntu I recommend sticking with it. If you have a GUI flavor of Ubuntu and a decent PC (>= 2 GB of RAM) the server will work just fine on it.

Note: People have reported in the comments that Ubuntu 16.x is no longer working with the latest official Mojang binaries. Ubuntu 18.04 is the minimum requirement for the latest versions, and 20.04 is recommended!

Installation

Log into your Linux server either using SSH or a mouse and keyboard and paste/type the following command:

wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/TheRemote/MinecraftBedrockServer/master/SetupMinecraft.sh
chmod +x SetupMinecraft.sh
./SetupMinecraft.sh 

The script will setup the Minecraft sever and ask you some questions on how to configure it. I’ll explain here what they mean.

“Start Minecraft server at startup automatically (y/n)?” – This will set the Minecraft service to start automatically when your server boots. This is a great option to set up a Minecraft server that is always available.

“Automatically restart and backup server at 4am daily (y/n)?” – This will add a cron job to the server that reboots the server every day at 4am. This is great because every time the server restarts it backs up the server and updates to the latest version. See the “Scheduled Daily Reboots” section below for information on how to customize the time or remove the reboot.

That is it for the setup script. The server will finish configuring and start!

First Run

The server will start up and start displaying output to the console.

[2019-03-30 20:25:12 INFO] Starting Server
[2019-03-30 20:25:12 INFO] Version 1.10.0.7
[2019-03-30 20:25:12 INFO] Level Name: Bedrock level
[2019-03-30 20:25:12 INFO] Game mode: 0 Survival
[2019-03-30 20:25:12 INFO] Difficulty: 1 EASY
[2019-03-30 20:25:20 INFO] IPv4 supported, port: 19132
[2019-03-30 20:25:20 INFO] IPv6 supported, port: 19133
[2019-03-30 20:25:23 INFO] Server started.

Once you see the “Server started” line you will be able to connect from the client.

To add the server to the client open Minecraft and click “Play”. Then at the top of the screen select the “Servers” tab and click “Add Server”.

This will ask you for a Server Name and Server IP Address. For the name you can put anything and for the server IP address put the address of your Linux server. Leave the port as the default 19132. For more information on how to let people from outside your network on go to the “Port Forwarding” section below.

Now choose the server you just added in the list and connect!

Start, Stop and Restart Server

The server can be started, stopped and restarted two different ways. You can use the provided scripts in the Minecraft folder or you can use systemctl. Here are the commands:

cd ~/minecraftbe
./start.sh
./stop.sh
./restart.sh

-OR-

sudo systemctl start minecraftbe
sudo systemctl stop minecraftbe
sudo systemctl restart minecraftbe

Automatic Backups

The server backs up each time it starts. This helps you recover easily if something goes wrong. This system works best if you configured the server to restart daily since it means you will have a backup every day.

To access these backups type:

cd ~/minecraftbe/backups
ls

When a backup is made the filename will be the date and time the backup was taken. If you need to restore a backup it’s very easy. Substitute the timestamp in my example to the backup you want to roll back to. Type:

cd ~/minecraftbe
./stop.sh
rm -rf worlds
tar -xf backups/2019.02.15.22.06.30.tar.gz
./start.sh

Your world has now been restored! It’s a good idea to download these backups off the server periodically just in case the server’s storage fails.

Installing Resource Packs / RTX Support

For instructions on how to install resource packs (including optional RTX support) view my step by step Minecraft Bedrock Dedicated Server Resource Packs guide here.

Scheduled Daily Reboots

The daily reboots are scheduled using cron. It’s very easy to customize the time your server restarts.

To change the time that the server restarts type: crontab -e

This will open a window that will ask you to select a text editor (I find nano to be the easiest) and will show the cronjobs scheduled on the server. The Minecraft one will look like the following:

0 4 * * * /home/ubuntu/minecraftbe/restart.sh
Crontab's syntax layout
Crontab’s syntax layout

There are 5 fields here. The default restart time is set to reboot at 0 minutes of the 4th hour of the day (4 AM). The other 3 fields are left as * to represent every day of every month. Make any desired changes here and press Ctrl+X to exit nano and update the cronjob.

To remove the daily reboot simply delete the line and save.

Reconfigure / Update Scripts

The scripts can always be reconfigured and updated by downloading the latest SetupMinecraft.sh and running the installer again. It will update all of the scripts in the Minecraft directory and reinstall the startup service for you.

Running SetupMinecraft.sh again will also give you a chance to reconfigure options such as the memory dedicated to the server, daily reboots, starting the server on boot, etc.

This will not overwrite your world or any other data so it is safe to run!

Port Forwarding

If everyone on your server is on the same LAN or WiFi network as you then you don’t need to do this. If you want people to connect from outside your local network then you need to set up port forwarding on your router.

The process for this is different for every router so the best thing to do is just look at your router and find the model # and put that in google with port forwarding for easy instructions on how to do it for your specific router.

You want to forward port 19132. The type of connection is both TCP and UDP. On some routers you need to do both a TCP entry and then a second entry as UDP.

Once you do this people will be able to connect to your Minecraft server through your public IP address. This is different than your local IP which is usually a 192.x.x.x or 10.x.x.x. If you don’t know what that is just go to google and type “what’s my ip” and Google will kindly tell you!

Wired vs. Wireless

Going with an ethernet (wired) connection is going to be faster and more reliable. There’s so much wireless traffic and other interference in the air that running your server on WiFi is not recommended.

Even if it is working great 99% of the time it can ruin your experience very quickly if the WiFi drops for a couple of seconds and you get blown up by a creeper!

All that being said, the server works fine on wireless. The script will work fine as is with a wireless connection.

Conclusion

The Minecraft Bedrock Edition dedicated server runs much better than previous third party servers in the past that were missing critical features. The performance is very good even on low end hardware. It has never been easier to set up a Minecraft Bedrock server.

If you have any feedback or suggestions let me know in the comment section. A lot of the changes and developments in this script and guide are directly from readers.

Have fun!

581 thoughts on “Minecraft Bedrock Edition – Ubuntu Dedicated Server Guide”

  1. Avatar for Chris

    James,

    Thank you so much for your work on this! It has helped me set up a couple of servers for myself and sons. I do have one challenge that I’m not sure how to fix. All three servers are set to backup and restart at 4:00 AM as you suggested. However, one of them doesn’t restart. When I do the screen, server 2 lists 4 ports and one of them is the one of the server that is not restarting. If I stop that server and start server 1 then restart server 2, everything works fine. I have all three servers set up to use different ports, but server 2 seems to revert back to the suggested ports and uses the ones I set up. I have checked the server properties and the correct ports are listed, but again, when I check the screen all three servers list 4 ports (2 IPV 4 and 2 IPV 6).

    Thank you!

    1. Avatar for Phillip

      Did you see the bold update near the top of this page? Seems to describe your issue. Sounds like a issue with the server. Unclear if there is a fix yet. Unfortunately the server has been “alpha” status for some time and bug fixes may not be a priority.

        1. Avatar for jamesachambers

          Hey Chris,

          No worries, this has been going on for ages and I’m stunned they haven’t fixed it yet!

          It sounds like you mostly found the “best” answer here which is that the order you start up the servers seems to matter. People have been able to get it working by utilizing this strategy to “work around” the bug by starting up servers in a certain order. They’ve done this by adding a startup delay to some of the servers to use it with the automated scripts in the past.

          Sorry about that, it’s a BDS bug and is outside my control or I would definitely fix it myself!

          1. Avatar for Chris

            I did find another work around, I think. I changed the port for all three servers so none of them use the default ports. This seems to have allowed all three to start up upon restart.

            1. Avatar for jamesachambers

              Hey Chris,

              That’s a fantastic find, thanks for sharing! It actually makes sense, we know the problem has something to do with the default ports which is why starting them up in a different order seems to fix it. By having none of them use the default ports you avoid the issue.

              I’ll definitely let other people know and put this in the documentation, thanks again!

  2. Avatar for paul

    Great write up James.

    One thing I can’t figure out (and maybe I missed), how do I:

    1. Change the mode of the game from Survival to Creative
    2. Change any other settings
    3. Restart the server with a different seed

    Any help appreciated!

    1. Avatar for jamesachambers

      Hey Paul,

      Absolutely! The /gamemode command will change the game mode, so you can do /gamemode creative, /gamemode survival, etc. Check out this link for a comprehensive list of commands that is fun to just look through: https://minecraftbedrock-archive.fandom.com/wiki/Commands/List_of_Commands

      To restart the server with a different seed you set the seed you want in the server.properties file. There’s a line that will say seed= and usually be blank or have a default populated seed you can replace with the seed you want. Once you do that go ahead and remove the “world” folder so that the map has to be regenerated (obviously have backups before you try anything crazy!).

      1. Avatar for Joshua A Martin
        Joshua A Martin

        Sir,

        I am attempting to utilize the /gamemode commands after the server is created and started. But when I attempt to use them ingame, it gives me the error “cheats are not enabled in this level”. Did you ever run into this issue?

      2. Avatar for Joshua A Martin
        Joshua A Martin

        I did manage to change the settings in the “server.properties” file. However, when I attempt to execute the commands in the chat box, i receive an error “unknown command”

        1. Avatar for jamesachambers

          Hey Joshua,

          I think I know what is happening. The commands are only available to operators/admins. Can you go into the server console by typing screen -r and then type this in the server console and press enter:

          op yourusername

          or op “your user name” if there’s spaces. That should unlock all these commands. The “cheat” message is misleading in that sense as what is really wrong is you don’t have operator access (at least on multiplayer). Hopefully that helps!

          1. Avatar for Joshua A Martin
            Joshua A Martin

            that was it!!!! i appreciate it. the next step is to get my JAVA game converted over. thank you so much. your script is a life saver to use

      3. Avatar for Paul

        Thanks so much. I actually found a few of these answers after I posted. I should have googled more first!

        But I was initially under the impression that they were changes specific to your code when in fact they are standard Minecraft server controls.

        Thanks again!

  3. Avatar for Phillip

    James, nice work on the scripts here. The installer worked great. The start, stop, restart scripts also work great. One thought, and please understand I’m still learning in Linux, so could be a user error. But I’ve noticed when checking logs that the cron jobs are not executing properly. First I noticed when a server update came down the pipe, the nightly cron restart didn’t update successfully. Manually running the script did complete the update normally. Later, I’ve paid more attention to the cron mail logs, and they say ‘Command not found’ for route specifically.

    route is located on my Ubuntu 20.04 instance in /sbin/route. By default it seems cron does not load /sbin into $PATH. For me cron only has /usr/bin:/bin as $PATH.

    Not sure if it is the most elegant solution, but I added:

    PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin

    To the top of the stop/start/restart scripts following the #!/bin/bash line. That has my daily cron jobs executing normally again. Is this an error in my Ubuntu setup? Or an oversite in using the scripts as cron jobs? I’ve read cron needs absolute paths, but it seems filling the $PATH variable fixes the issue.

    Thanks for the blog write up. It helped me establish a reliable Minecraft server.

    1. Avatar for jamesachambers

      Hey Phillip,

      The update on April 20th should have fixed this by adding the /sbin/ to the front of the route command. It may be worth deleting your SetupMinecraft.sh file and downloading the latest one from GitHub to make sure all the scripts are updated to the latest version. For example in start.sh the line from the latest updated start.sh would look like:

      DefaultRoute=$(/sbin/route -n | awk '$4 == "UG" {print $2}')

      instead of

      DefaultRoute=$(route -n | awk '$4 == "UG" {print $2}')

      which would be the old way and was definitely an oversight like you suspected. By fully qualifying the path to the route binary by actually specifying the /sbin we are eliminating the pathing issue and avoiding having to rely on the path variable.

      You actually came up with a fantastic solution! You actually fixed the pathing issue in your solution by specifying the path variable yourself after the #!/bin/bash and in the new version of start.sh. You’re correct that a lot of the low level services and scripts like cron don’t load all of the environment variables that a user session would have. The new version of the script just avoids this entirely by eliminating the path search completely and manually giving a direct path to a binary so that it doesn’t matter what is loaded in the PATH variable if that makes sense!

      1. Avatar for Phillip

        Excellent James! You seemed to notice the issue about the same time I did. I had started to go through and modify the commands to include the full path like you showed above (/sbin/route), but I didn’t feel like making sure I caught all the absolute command paths, and had found that redefining the PATH at the start of the script took care of all of it.

        Again, the scripts seem to work perfectly as expected now, so many thanks for your work & continued support. Where can I buy you a coffee/beer, beverage of your choice?

        I’ve been inspired to learn a bit of scripting from this little project and am working on a server wrapper to help administrate the server from afar. Most notably a mechanical turn dial for the kids to turn to change the difficulty setting from peaceful to down right dangerous.

        1. Avatar for jamesachambers

          Hey Phillip,

          Thanks for the kind words! I have some crypto addresses at the bottom of the page but if you don’t have crypto then don’t sweat it at all, I still need to set up a tip jar section with some other ways.

          That’s fantastic you’ve been experimenting with the scripts to learn and that is why I wrote them originally! They’re pretty simple wrappers that just make things a lot easier. I really like the idea of a mechanical turn dial for the difficulty setting!

          1. Avatar for Phillip

            Not sure if I’m a sign of resistance or more of the ‘norm’ but I haven’t dabbled in crypto yet. In fact, I was totally clueless to what the random character strings were at the bottom of your pages. I’ve been educated, but haven’t the desire to dabble in the invisible money arts yet. Paypal seems like a common method. (Read: That’s what I find easy to use)

            I’ll send you a note if I ever turn this difficulty dial into reality.

    1. Avatar for jamesachambers

      Hey Jacob,

      Absolutely! For setting the world spawn it is /spawnpoint [targets] [pos]. The [targets] is if you want to change a specific player’s spawn point and the location is the X Y Z coordinates you want to set for the spawn. Example: /spawnpoint jamesachambers -7 67 45

      You actually don’t need to fill in the fields in brackets to use the command though. My favorite way to use the command is to just walk to the spot you want to be the world spawn point and type /spawnpoint with nothing else.

      To allow cheats on the multiplayer server you can use the server.properties file in the ~/minecraftbe/yourserver directory. If you open that file in a text editor (or on the CLI by typing nano server.properties from the minecraft server folder) you’ll see this line:

      allow-cheats=false

      Once you change that to true and restart your Minecraft server it should take care of it!

      I also have officially started writing the guide I said I would bump up the priorities and actually have written content. All of the questions we’ve covered (as well as other people’s as well) are going to for sure be covered in the guide to help others in the future as well!

  4. Avatar for Someone

    When i start my server it crashes every time. It minimizes. I type screen -r and it saids “Thers no screen to be resumed”.

      1. Avatar for Shezzski

        I have the same problem and it is due to the bedrock_server binary changing to non executable. I am guessing this happens post update.

        1. Avatar for jamesachambers

          Hey Shezzski,

          Ugh! So I did add a utility script that may be of service called fixpermissions.sh. You can find that in the server folder and run it by just typing:

          sudo ./fixpermissions.sh

          Also, make absolutely sure you have the latest version of all the scripts. Remove the SetupMinecraft.sh version you have and then download the latest one from GitHub as there has been some changes.

          I did make it try to set the chmod +x on startup but the problem is the startup script doesn’t run as sudo/root (intentionally for security). It definitely seems to be the updates doing it.

          I’ll have to investigate and see if maybe the flag isn’t being preserved when it’s decompressed or if the Minecraft team just straight up isn’t marking it as executable and expects the user to do that themselves. Give the utility script a try and let me know!

  5. Avatar for Jacob

    Hi James,
    First and foremost, I would like to thank you for all the effort you put into this! It’s much appreciated! I do have a couple problems I would like to run by you.

    1. I had my server up and running and connected from the friends screen. Then I continued to port forward and found my servers ip from the list. I used 19132 as starting pot and 19133 as ending. I also did TCP and UDP. Then googled whats my ip on my phone and used the ipv4 for the server ip on minecraft. I also used 19132 as the port. When I click join server it worked but not like I thought at first. It only works when I’m connect to my wifi at home. So I thought I should restart the server (laptop) and used sudo reboot. This leads me to the next problem.

    2. Once it rebooted I logged in but the minecraft server didn’t auto start. So I typed sudo systemctl start minecraftbe. This lead to it saying systemctl wasn’t a command. So I tried to use .cd ~/minecraftbe then ./start.sh but that wasn’t a file apparently.

    3. Lastly, I am writing this on my pc and when I search “whats my ip’ its different than when I searched on my phone. So I don’t know which to put in on minecraft. (would try my computers but my server is down rn bc of problem 2)

    So sorry for such a lengthy comment but thanks in advance!

    1. Avatar for Jacob

      *Update*
      when previously typing systemctl i was typing 1 not l now im getting this:
      Failed to start minecraftbe.service: Unit minecraftbe.service not found.

      1. Avatar for jamesachambers

        Hey Jacob,

        Make sure you don’t actually use the service name “minecraftbe”. That is the name of the root folder that contains all servers so you end up with a ~/minecraftbe/minecraftbe nested folder and it can cause problems. I actually disallowed that in the latest update a few days ago which should have kept you from encountering this problem so you may want to check to make sure you have the latest version of SetupMinecraft.sh as I have fixed a lot of service related issues.

        The name of your server’s service should be what you used for the server label in SetupMinecraft.sh. You can just put minecraft, test, etc. and then your service’s name will be minecraft.service or test.service, etc. Anything except for minecraftbe that is the name of a valid folder (no weird symbols).

        Can you try deleting your local copy of SetupMinecraft.sh and downloading the latest one from GitHub and let me know what you’re seeing?

        1. Avatar for Jacob

          Hey James,
          Thanks for the help! I am not very good at this so don’t know if i understood this correctly… I used “rm SetupMinecraft.sh”, then used your guide to install it again. And used my name (jrlucken) as the server name/ folder the I did “sudo systemctl stop jrlucken” and it worked. Next I restarted my server and it appears that it started automatically (tho didn’t bring up the server screen). It is the same world as before tho… Again thanks for the help. One last question: Am I supposed to use my public ip address when put in the server on minecraft or my laptop’s (server). It appears to not work at all when I use my public one and only works when connected to the same internet when I use my laptops.

          1. Avatar for jamesachambers

            Hey Jacob,

            Fantastic, it sounds like you’re on the right track!

            For your IP question the answer is they both should work, but the reason it doesn’t work on the public IP is usually firewalls and needing to set up a port forward on your router for the Minecraft ports. Have you done the port forwarding yet? Otherwise the traffic won’t be forwarded to your server. Most firewalls will block external connections as well on the computer so check your Windows Firewall and or other security settings as well. The public IP network will be the “public” network type.

            Hopefully that helps!

  6. Avatar for ALTELMA

    Anybody got problem server not running with os issue?
    Like a message below

    Failed to open curl lib from binary, use libcurl.so instead

    Please suggest me for how to fix it.

  7. Avatar for Avaatar

    I like the guide a lot. What i am missing is maybe a second guide, how to install Resource Packs and where to get them. Or how to configure the Minecraft server on the server console to manipulate the world, to set technical stuff like RAM usage etc. Is it possible?

    1. Avatar for jamesachambers

      Hey Avaatar,

      I do actually have a resource packs guide available here: https://jamesachambers.com/minecraft-bedrock-server-resource-pack-guide/

      I agree with your point though about the console setup for adding basic admins and stuff like that. That’s one of the most common questions I get here and I’m working on a new guide for it. I’ll bump up the priority on that though since you’ve given me a reminder that this is something needed. Thanks for the feedback!

  8. Avatar for Mr. DirtySox

    Ok so everything works fine until the server starts, then i get the error /home/ubuntu/minecraftbe/dirtysox/bedrock_server: error while loading shared libraries: libns1.so.1: cannot open shared object file: no such file or directory
    Thanks Mr.DirtySox

      1. Avatar for Mr. DirtySox

        Ok i removed some files now, but i am getting a new error, once it says starting (name) server, it then says there is no screen to be resumed matching (server name)

        1. Avatar for jamesachambers

          Hey Mr. DirtySox,

          Which version of Ubuntu are you running? I have been helping a couple of other people that have been having problems and I haven’t been able to nail down what is different about their platforms and which dependency is missing. Are you using 18.04 or 20.04?

  9. Avatar for Derek

    When I try to start the server I get a “Failed to start minecraftbe.service: Unit minecraftbe.service not found.”
    Any suggestions?

  10. Avatar for Jacob

    Hi James,
    This might be very dumb, but I was wondering if there was a way to OP someone on the server or / and change Minecraft settings (as in game rules and stuff). I’m new to bedrock so I don’t know if that’s how it works but hopefully you understand what I’m saying!
    Thanks – Jacob

    1. Avatar for jamesachambers

      Hey Jacob,

      Absolutely! The easiest way is to pull up your Minecraft server console with:

      screen -r yourservername

      or just

      screen -r

      will tell you all the screens you have running in the background and resume it. Once you have the server console open you can just type:

      op playername

      right in the console and press enter. This will immediately give them administrator privileges! They’ll be able to see extended commands in the help menus etc. once they have operator permissions!

      1. Avatar for Paul

        I tried this but get this message:

        Unknown command: . Please check that the command exists and that you have permission to use it.
        op
        No targets matched selector

        1. Avatar for jamesachambers

          Hey Paul,

          Try running the fixpermissions.sh script in the Minecraft server directory with:

          sudo ./fixpermissions.sh

          once you are in the server folder. You can also do a chmod +x bedrock_server which is one of the steps the script runs. Hopefully that helps!

  11. Avatar for Mat

    Sorry its me again…
    can anyone help me understand what this means?

    NO LOG FILE! – setting up server logging…
    [2021-04-14 17:16:51 INFO] Starting Server
    [2021-04-14 17:16:51 INFO] Version 1.16.220.02
    [2021-04-14 17:16:51 INFO] Session ID b1c48d17-9092-4f34-b124-0c66060bd493
    [2021-04-14 17:16:51 INFO] Level Name: PegTopia
    [2021-04-14 17:16:51 INFO] Game mode: 0 Survival
    [2021-04-14 17:16:51 INFO] Difficulty: 2 NORMAL
    [INFO] opening worlds/PegTopia/db
    [WARN] LevelDB worlds/PegTopia/db status NOT OK(IO error: fflush failed.:-1). Trying repair.
    [ERROR] Failed to open LevelDB!
    [ERROR] IO error: fflush failed.:-1
    [ERROR] Network port occupied, can’t start server.

    Thanks
    Mat

    1. Avatar for jamesachambers

      Hey Mat,

      It sounds like a server process is stuck open in the background. It can’t open the server .db file and it says the network port is already occupied (meaning the server is already running and using that port).

      I’d just give the whole machine a reboot to close any open processes. If that still doesn’t work you may need to run ./fixpermissions.sh in the folder if something else has taken ownership of the files. That should get you back up and running!

      1. Avatar for Mat

        Thankyou.
        I dont know which fixed it but i have done all of those things in a variety of different orders.

        It is now working again so I and my children can get back to work!

        As always Thankyou.
        Mat

  12. Avatar for ThreadOne

    Hi,
    I’ve done a variety of troubleshooting steps here and I am still unable to get the bedrock server to launch. My error is below. Note, this is launching the ./bedrock_server directly but I get the same result in the log file if I use the ./start.sh script too. I am running 20.04 LTS freshly installed and updated today. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much in advance!

    NO LOG FILE! – setting up server logging…
    [2021-04-13 18:21:17 INFO] Starting Server
    [2021-04-13 18:21:17 INFO] Version 1.16.220.02
    [2021-04-13 18:21:17 INFO] Session ID d767f0c1-97c2-4b42-bce5-465a7bb946a5
    [2021-04-13 18:21:17 INFO] Level Name: Bedrock level
    [2021-04-13 18:21:17 INFO] Game mode: 0 Survival
    [2021-04-13 18:21:17 INFO] Difficulty: 1 EASY
    [INFO] opening worlds/Bedrock level/db
    [INFO] Package: com.mojang.minecraft.dedicatedserver
    Version: 1.16.220.02
    OS: Linux
    Server start: 2021-04-13 18:21:17 EDT
    Dmp timestamp: 2021-04-13 18:21:17 EDT
    Upload Date: 2021-04-13 18:21:17 EDT
    Session ID: d767f0c1-97c2-4b42-bce5-465a7bb946a5
    Commit hash: 83dca9ce456063492dfe4a5f8f0ee6894c94b963
    Build id: 5667913
    CrashReporter Key: 00cfefca-9736-34bd-a0a4-32b041b2b2f3

    Crash
    [INFO]
    Failed to open curl lib from binary, use libcurl.so instead

    1. Avatar for jamesachambers

      Hey ThreadOne,

      That’s an interesting one. What do you get from this command:

      sudo apt-get install libcurl4 -y

      The other thing we may want to check is your permissions. I would do a chmod +x on any libraries or binaries in the folder. I don’t think there’s a curl library included in there (there’s one like libCrypto or something like that, and maybe a couple others) but it could be a permission related error which a:

      sudo ./fixpermissions.sh

      from inside your Minecraft server’s folder (this script should already exist in there) may be able to assist with. I also wonder if libcurl4 is gone and it’s something like libcurl5 now (the libraries update from time to time), or potentially your apt is having an issue and didn’t install the prerequisite for some reason. Let me know what you find as this will narrow things down!

      1. Avatar for ThreadOne

        Hi James,
        Thanks for a quick reply.

        Results of sudo apt-get install libcurl4 -y:

        Reading package lists… Done
        Building dependency tree
        Reading state information… Done
        libcurl4 is already the newest version (7.68.0-1ubuntu2.5).
        The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
        chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra gstreamer1.0-vaapi libgstreamer-plugins-bad1.0-0 libva-wayland2
        Use ‘sudo apt autoremove’ to remove them.
        0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

        ran the sudo ./fixpermissions.sh and tried both ./bedrock_server (got same result as before i.e. curl error) and ./start.sh (different error, but lost it in the terminal and for whatever reason logs) and still got errors. Looked up libcurl4 and it appears that 7.68 is the latest (https://pkgs.org/search/?q=libcurl)

        Did a bit more digging and came across https://blog.usejournal.com/how-to-manually-update-curl-on-ubuntu-server-899476062ad6 and followed those steps and BOOM, the server is now running.

        Being a linux noob, I’m not fully sure what connected to make it work, but it seems that compiling curl made it work. Many thanks for what you’re doing here as it has certainly helped me maintain a server environment for my kids to play Minecraft together.

        1. Avatar for jamesachambers

          Hey ThreadOne,

          Awesome! Thanks for letting me know what it was here. I’ll keep an eye out for more like this. I wonder if we could have forced a dpkg reinstall or something to have fixed it as well since it sounds like it was on there but your manual update steps definitely made something happy.

          Take care and enjoy, and tell the kids to have fun!

        2. Avatar for ThreadOne

          Spoke too soon. Got it running but cannot connect. I’ll keep working at it but thank you again for the help!

          1. Avatar for jamesachambers

            No worries, definitely try restarting the client completely after a failed connection attempt. Make sure you’re connecting Bedrock (the Windows 10 edition, Xbox and other consoles, Android and iOS) and not using Java as well. Good luck and let me know if I can help more!

            1. Avatar for ThreadOne

              Following up on this…

              Certainly using bedrock all around (win 10 edition and iOS). I figured I’d go back to basics and just download the server from Mojang directly. It ran fine. Then I copied the files from that download into the server folder that your script creates, replacing what was there, and I am up and running and able to connect.

              Also, if this helps, I am running this on a PC (HP 290) with sufficient resources. Started with clean Ubuntu 20.04 desktop install, a sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade, and then your script. when that didn’t work, i downloaded the server files directly from mojang and ran them. once those successfully ran, I copied them to the folder your script made and ran ./start.sh. That got me up and running.

              Hopefully this will be useful to you or others and again, thank you for the script and the help!!

              1. Avatar for ThreadOne

                Hi James,

                Please disregard all of the above…. I finally figured out what was causing the issue and it is 100% user error. Where you prompt for ports, I placed my server’s IP instead…. DOH!

                Thanks for your help and feel free to delete all of these comments as they do not add any value at all. 😀

                1. Avatar for jamesachambers

                  Hey ThreadOne,

                  No worries at all! I’m glad you posted all your steps here as it will definitely help others who are troubleshooting. It’s definitely tricky to get some parts of it working especially when it comes to networking and platform-specific quirks! Enjoy!

  13. Avatar for Kent

    Just thought I comment that the broken install/update is now fixed for me.
    The install and update was consistently broken on every environment that I tried (physical, kvm, lxc). I re-ran SetupMinecraft.sh yesterday and everything is working again. Thank you James and everyone.

  14. Avatar for Leo

    Hello, thank you very much for this great guide.

    I have been using my server for several months, but now it does not work.

    When I try to start the server: chown: invalid user: “userxname”

    Can you help me? Thanks a lot

  15. Avatar for ALTELMA

    If someone still facing the issue server not running with version 16.220.xx.xx
    Go to your server and change permission for bedrock_server with 755

    Let’s compare with folder from the previous version.

    1. Avatar for Alex

      This worked for me, but I had to do additional steps.

      1) run the SetupMinecraft.sh script to update for good measure.
      2) sudo chmod 755 /user/server/bedrock_server
      3) sudo systemctl edit –full server.service
      a) edit out the user=uxername with my user
      4) sudo systemctl start server.service

      Server is up and running, thanks James and ALTELMA.

      1. Avatar for Mat

        Sorry – I am totally new to this stuff…
        I managed 1..!
        I managed 2 but had to change the file path .. sudo chmod 755 minecraftbe is that right?
        but i got stuck at 3…
        Invalid unit name “–full” escaped as “\xe2\x80\x93full” (maybe you should use systemd-escape?).
        No files found for \xe2\x80\x93full.service.
        Run ‘systemctl edit –force –full \xe2\x80\x93full.service’ to create a new unit.

        Any idea what it is i’m doing wrong?

        Thanks
        Mat

        1. Avatar for Leo

          Yes, I have the same problem.

          Can You explain it step by step? There are people who do not know anything about linux. :p Sorry!

          Thanks a lot!

      2. Avatar for Mario

        Thank you Alex! This was very helpful because my server was not working anymore since last night update.
        Lets hope the next update is not overwriting this fix.

  16. Avatar for ergs of energy
    ergs of energy

    running 20.04 and your script (so fast to set it up) and had minecraft BE setup in under 20 mins including OS install.

    next morning – after rebooting, running script manually, restarting the setup script, all come to nought.

    i get the message

    chown: invalid user: ‘username’

    any suggestions?

      1. Avatar for jamesachambers

        Hey Alex,

        I updated the scripts today to fix these issues. If you are seeing userxname in the systemd service that means you are reusing the old SetupMinecraft.sh script. You need to delete that version and download it from scratch. If you’re getting userxname it’s the old version that didn’t put the username into the service!

    1. Avatar for Fig

      I had the same exact issue. Commenting the username out didn’t seem to help, but running chmod +x bedrock_server got me going. YMMV.

      Good luck!

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