How to Set / Change Your Server Type

Server types allow you to set your Minecraft server to the version you would like to play, this includes Forge, Paper, Craftbukkit, Fabric and more!

If you have just ordered your very own Minecraft server, you need to select a server type before you can boot up your server and begin playing. If you are unsure of which server type you want to use, please refer to our guides below:

Once you've decided on the server type you would like to use, you have everything you need to set it up on your server!

Important: If you would like to use a custom JAR as your server type, there are extra steps that you will need to take before you can start your server. Please refer to our guide on installing custom server types here.

Setting Your Server Type

To set your server type, you will need to login to your control panel and choose one using the server type selector tool.

  1. Access your control panel and Stop your server.
  2. Locate the Server Type field and click the drop-down menu.
  3. Search and select your desired Server Type. In this example, we will be choosing the auto-updating Paper Spigot type. 
  4. Start your server.

Once the server has completed the generation of the world and all server files, your server status will then change to Online. Once this completes, your server is now ready for use!

Should you need them, here are some guides on how to join your Minecraft server:

Changing Your Server Type

If you already have an existing server and simply want to change the type or version (or both), the procedure is generally the same. However, be sure to read through the notes below:

  • To prevent any data loss or corruption, make sure you create a backup of your server files.
  • Server types and versions may have differences in world generation and items which can cause any existing world or server data to be incompatible when used with a different version and can lead to data loss or server crashes.
  • Using the same server files between Java and Bedrock Edition servers is not possible without converting. 
  • If you are using completely different server types and versions, it is recommended to reset your world or fully reset your server to prevent corruption and crashes.

To learn more about Minecraft server hosting, you can check out our library of Knowledgebase articles found here

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Mitchell Smith

Managing Director @ Shockbyte

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