How much RAM do I need for my Minecraft server?

 

This guide provides some suggestions how how to determine how much RAM you need for your server. However, if you're not sure which plan to choose, that's certainly okay! We allow you to upgrade or downgrade at any time (How to: Upgrade or downgrade your service), so if you find you don't have enough RAM, or have too much RAM, you can adjust your plan by paying only the prorated amount (the difference between the packages). Additionally, if you're downgrading, our system will automatically issue a prorated refund for you. 

Vanilla / Craftbukkit / Spigot

Metric RAM Suggested
Players Add 1GB of RAM per 20 players
Plugins Add 1GB of RAM per 20 plugins
(Some plugins are far more resource intensive than others, so depending on which plugins you're using, you may need additional memory. Some very resource intensive plugins are: Dynmap, WorldEdit, MCMMO, Factions and many minigame plugins.)
Worlds  Add 1GB of RAM per 2GB world size on disk
(The size of your worlds and amount of players exploring them heavily influence the impact of a world.)


BungeeCord
We recommend our Dirt plan (1GB RAM) for BungeeCord. Typically you won't need anymore than this unless you're hosting in excess of 300-500+ players at one time. Because BungeeCord simply forwards the traffic from players to one of the servers in your network, BungeeCord typically won't use a large amount of RAM. However, if you are running plugins on your BungeeCord instance, you may need a larger plan to support all of the plugins.

Below are our recommended sizes for BungeeCord based on the amount of plugins:

Amount of plugins Recommended server plan
0-5 BungeeCord Plugins Dirt (1GB RAM)
6-15 BungeeCord Plugins Sand (2GB RAM)
16+ BungeeCord Plugins Cobblestone (3GB RAM) or higher


Modpacks, Forge, Technic, KCauldron & Any Modded Server
We recommend at least 3GB of RAM for any modded server. Modded servers are very resource intensive and use large amounts of RAM.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition (MCPE) / Bedrock Edition
Our Vanilla / Craftbukkit / Spigot plan above is most relevant for MCPE servers. However, in the case of MCPE you may be able to squeeze 1-5 extra players on per GB of RAM.

Mitchell Smith

Managing Director @ Shockbyte

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