How Much RAM Do I Need for My Minecraft Server?

Minecraft servers will require different amounts of RAM based on each one’s purpose and configuration. RAM is the server’s memory and will determine how many tasks the server can handle at once.

Not giving a Minecraft server as much RAM as it needs will cause performance issues, so it’s important to understand what affects RAM usage and how much is necessary.

As a general rule of thumb, the more addons (mods/plugins) and players a server supports, the more RAM it will need. 

We have a video guide for how much RAM is needed: 

Vanilla / Spigot / Paper

Vanilla servers typically require a lower RAM amount than other server types, however, there are a few variables that may affect the required amount.

Metric Recommended RAM
Minecraft 1.16.5 and previous 2GB
Minecraft 1.17+ 3GB
For every additional 5 players +1GB
For every 10 plugins +1GB


BungeeCord servers have an extremely low RAM requirement. We would recommend 1GB of RAM for any BungeeCord server. However, if you have plugins on your BungeeCord server you may want to increase this.

Amount of Plugins Recommended RAM
0-5 BungeeCord Plugins 1GB
6-15 BungeeCord Plugins 2GB
16+ BungeeCord Plugins 3GB

Forge / Fabric

Modded Minecraft will significantly increase your average RAM usage. This can significantly vary based on the number of mods, version of Minecraft, amount of players online, and progress throughout the server.

Metric Recommended RAM
Minecraft 1.12.2 and previous modpacks 4GB
Minecraft 1.13-1.16.5 Modpacks 5GB
Minecraft 1.17+ Modpacks 6GB

It's important to know that many modpacks may have recommended RAM usage on their official web page, please ensure you read through these to learn more.

Bedrock Edition / Pocket Edition (MCPE)

Our Vanilla / Spigot / Paper plan above is most relevant for Bedrock servers. However, you may be able to support a few extra players per GB of RAM. 


It’s worth noting that there are several settings that will impact the amount of RAM that the server needs, most notably the server’s View Distance. As the View Distance increases, so does the number of chunks being loaded at once, adding exponential strain to the server. You can learn more about configuring your server to reduce lag here

We allow you to upgrade or downgrade your server at any time, so if you find you don't have enough RAM or have too much RAM you can make the changes instantaneously! Information on how to do this can be found in our Knowledgebase article here.

If you require any further assistance, please contact our support at:

Mitchell Smith

Managing Director @ Shockbyte

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