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These instructions will provide you with a list of requirements and steps for configuring your own Minecraft server using the Raspberry Pi. Once complete, you will be able to access and play with your friends from across the world on your Raspberry Pi.
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Step 1: Materials

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Raspberry Pi: Model B

USB Power Adapter

Ethernet Cable

SD Card(At least 4GB)

Soft-float Debian "wheezy"( Can be found here: )

Imaging software (ex: Win32DiskImager: )

SSH Client ( ex: Putty: )

Step 2: Development Environment

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PC with Internet connection & SD card reader

Additional wired Internet connection

Extra USB Keyboard

Monitor (with HDMI port, or adapter)

HDMI cable (and adapter, if necessary)

Step 3: Download and Burn Linux Distribution Image to SD Card

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Download the Soft-float Debian “wheezy” image zip file ( and unzip it into a directory of your choice.

     Linux distribution used: 2013-05-29-wheezy-armel

Obtain imaging software that will support SD cards

     Ex: Win32DiskImager,

Burn an image of the linux distribution to SD card:

1. Open Win32 Disk Imager
2. Click on Directory icon and navigate to downloaded and unzipped image (.IMG) and select ‘Write’ … confirm “Yes” when prompted
3. When complete, a window will pop up saying “Write Successful”.  Click OK.  Click Exit.
4. Remove SD card.

Step 4: Initial Boot and Configuration of the Raspberry Pi

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1. Insert SD card into Pi in without a power supply
2. Ensure that HDMI, keyboard and mouse are connected properly
3. Connect the 5V power supply
4. The Pi should boot as a list of processes and applications begin filling the screen
5. A blue screen appears with ‘Raspi-config’ and several menu options
6. Arrow down to Select ‘expand_rootfs’ and press Enter
7. ‘Root Partition has been resized’, press Enter.
8. Arrow down to ssh
9. Enable SSH
10. Reboot
11. If all boots correctly then you are ready to start the install.
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SamL32 days ago

This is ridiculous. What is the name of my "Java package file"?

Joshuay8 days ago

everything works fine until i run the actual program, then it gives me this.

Exception in thread "Thread-3" java.lang.NullPointException

at net.minecraft.server.MinecraftServer.a(SourceFile:252)

at net.minecraft.server.MinecraftServer.k(SourceFile:276)


jakobk113 days ago

Hi Guys, I have a problem that I hope you can help me solve.

I'm trying to run the official Mojang minecraft server on the PI B+, using the:


And following this instruction.

The newest release of Rasbian has Java installed so I skipped that part, when I do the "java -version" everything looks perfect.

I do the rest of the guide and everything looks good, but when I try to launch the server using the command: "sudo java -Xms256M -Xmx496M -jar minecraft_server.jar nogui" I get the following error:

"error occurred during initialization of vm too small initial heap"

I've tried decreasing the memory allocated to the server but no succes.

Do you have any ideas or solutions?

Ah-che16 days ago

Ok ! It's working but verry laggy with 2 players in server . Sorry but server of MC is too complicated work for raspi....

SahirB22 days ago

How do you make a minecraft server?

m about to start using raspberry pi but can you play minecraft by going on to the mine website and putting user and pass and downloading linux version. can u or can u not do this

It will probably fail hard as the pi editon of minecraft is specificly to run on the pi's specs as the windows mac and linuix have higher requirements which is why the pi editions made for the pi
EddiKarp.3 months ago

Hey, I set up the server but i cant connect to it. Keeps telling me "Internal Exception: Connection reset by peer help please!?

Sorry if im a bit late. Im new. Try restarting the server because i remember getting that message when i was playing minecraft on my mac and i had to wait till the server owner would restart the server :) hope i helped.

when i to get 1.7.10 it gives me error 403 forbidden , i think its 'cause of Microsoft buying Mojang

JeremyG11 month ago

This is like the coolest thing ever! I will defiantly try it out if I can.

MiguelM21 month ago

to get the last updated version go to "" look for the .jar version, right click on it and select copy link location ( should be )

I did the "wget" command and after a few lines it says "Connecting to s3 (s3)||:443... failed: Connection refused." What should I do?

try the 1.8 version


pibeginer4 months ago

when i use the command :


it says 404 not found help plzz

maboy1 year ago
Can you play from the pi?
im3733 maboy1 year ago
I wouldn't expect so. Running a Minecraft server takes significantly less memory than playing it. Most of this is due to the amount of memory used for rendering everything.

Mojang has actually posted system requirements here:

They specify a minimum of 2GB of RAM for running the game, with a recommendation of 4GB of RAM, whereas the Raspberry Pi tops out at only 512MB, while you could theoretically use some of the SD card or external storage as swap space, this isn't recommended as it will burn out those sectors of the card/disk faster, not to mention the speed of the swap space isn't that great.

You can play Minecraft from the pi, but it's only the pi edition, which doesn't let you on servers

im3733 im37331 year ago
That said, there is a Minecraft Pi edition that is designed to work on the Raspberry Pi, however, I don't know if it supports server play (though my suspicion would be that it does).

If you go to, they now have a dedicated Forum category for the Raspberry Pi.

What should the Java Package be named?

Draftmission7 months ago

Make sure you use the correct ram for your pi:

Memory256 MB[4] (Model A)
256 MB (Model B rev 1)
512 MB (Model B rev 2)[5]


Modify the command accordingly:
java -Xmx256M -Xms256M -jar minecraft_server.jar
java -Xmx256M -Xms256M -jar minecraft_server.jar
java -Xmx512M -Xms512M -jar minecraft_server.jar

Please note: Newer server jar includes version nr. in file name
1.7.9 = java -Xmx___M -Xms___M -jar minecraft_server.1.7.9.jar

yror109 months ago

You can now just do

sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-jdk

joedirtdigger10 months ago

this is a good start for a instructable however I would suggest ya'll look at this site for a much more detailed and stable server set up

this is the one I used and is about as solid as it gets and contains a lot of info not covered here

I am not gonna install this! I'm sorry! im gonna install from mojang now!

I am not gonna install this! I'm sorry! im gonna install from mojang now!

I can't install this minecraft.i can't.......... what am I surpossed to do............................................HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eilermoon11 months ago

When try to run the final command to start up the server, i get the error:

"java: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory"

Also, when i go to test the command that should result in:

"java -version"

I get nothing in reply. I'm pretty sure I've done everything right and checked many times but i cant get anything to work right. Any help is appreciated, thanks!

jreindel Eilermoon11 months ago

chrisgoad3882, You really need to take a look at this. I am having the same problem. I think my system wont recognize /opt/java/jdk1.7.0_25/bin/java as a directory or file (since there is no file extention?).

"java -version"


"java: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory"

Also, where are the java man pages? I think the "sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/java" "java" "/opt/java/jdk1.7.0_25/bin/java" 1" command isn't doing what its supposed to.

jreindel jreindel11 months ago

Ok, after reading through other updates i found something which worked. I had to use the most updated version of Java. To get this do:

wget --no-check-certificate --no-cookies --header "Cookie:" ""

After that everything was the same except instead of "jdk1.7.0_06" the updated java would be "jdk1.8.0" in all the subsequent commands.

jreindel jreindel11 months ago

Oh, and make sure you have the correct version of the minecraft server.

CommandoNinja11 months ago
joey561 year ago
cgeorge111 year ago
Then we unzip Java files using the following command:

tar xvzf ~/(Name of your Java package file).gz

I got stuck there. What iis the name of your java package file?
Hey where did you get that case? It looks awesome :)
Change the first line into this =>

wget --no-cookies --header "Cookie:" ""
digipup11 year ago
Can it work with raspbian?
KaiGrid1 year ago
Would this server be able to support Feed The Beast Unleashed? If you want to look it up here is a link:
I don't understand Step 7. Should I type that into the Terminal?
Yes. If you get an error that says "WARNING: The certificate of `' is not trusted. The certificate has not yet been activated" (like I did) modify the line to read:

wget --no-check-certificate --no-cookies --header "Cookie:" ""

You should then see it download about 68Mb from Oracle. (I assumed I could trust Oracle)
Good Luck.
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