There are a range of server types available to Minecraft server owners. Each server type has its own set of features, rules, and capabilities.
Whether you're interested in vanilla gameplay, extensive modding, or creating a network of connected servers, choosing the appropriate server type is an essential step in building the perfect Minecraft experience for your players.
Vanilla & Plugin Support
It is possible to host a completely vanilla server using the server file provided by Mojang. Server owners commonly opt to install a modified version of this server type that supports plugins such as PaperMC, Craftbukkit or Spigot. These server types do not require client modifications making them easily accessible for players.
|Vanilla||The unmodified, default version of Minecraft as provided by Mojang.|
|PaperMC||An optimized version of Craftbukkit/Spigot. It is the most popular server type and typically what we recommend users to use.|
|Craftbukkit/Spigot||Common server types that have support for server-sided modifications (plugins).|
|Bedrock/MCPE||Support for Bedrock Edition, catering to various gameplay modes and features.|
Forge & Mod Support
Server owners who want access to a larger range of customisation may opt to install a server type that supports mods. This will commonly be in the form of Forge or Fabric these are used as the base for many popular modpacks. Both of these server types will require players to have the same mods installed on their local client.
|Forge||The most popular modded server type. Requires the Forge client for running mods and connecting to Forge-modded servers.|
|Fabric||A lightweight, flexible modding platform that allows for extensive customization. Requires the Fabric mod loader and compatible mods.|
|KCauldren||A Forge modification enabling Craftbukkit plugins, compatible with Minecraft versions up to 1.7.10.|
|SpongeForge||Functions as a mod for Forge servers, allowing installation of Sponge plugins on modded servers.|
Proxy Server Types
Proxy server types act as an intermediary between players and the server. These are commonly used by server networks to allow players to access multiple servers through a single IP address or to allow Bedrock and Java players to play on the same server. These server types all require at least one other server for players to actively play on.
|Bungeecord||A unique proxy server for connecting multiple servers into a network. It bridges connections between players and other servers.|
|GeyserMC/DragonProxy||A proxy allowing Bedrock edition players to join Java/PC edition servers.|
|Waterfall||A BungeeCord fork designed for better performance and stability. Ideal for network setups.|
Our support extends to all server types and mod packs, including custom-built setups. If you're ever unsure about which server type to choose, feel free to reach out to our support team for guidance.
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