Change the Level Type of Your Java Edition Minecraft Server

Level Type refers to the type of map or world that your server generates. By default, there are four level types that you can choose from:

Level Type Description
For 1.19+ use NORMAL
This is the default, standard world type. It includes hills, valleys, water and more.
FLAT This is a flat world with no features such as hills, valleys or bodies of water. You can still use generator settings to modify how a flat world is generated.
For 1.19+ use LARGE_BIOMES
This world type is essentially the same as "DEFAULT/NORMAL" type, except that biomes are larger.
AMPLIFIED This world type is essentially the same as "DEFAULT/NORMAL" type, except that mountains are much higher, ravines are much deeper, and floating islands can spawn high in the sky.
IMPORTANT: Changes to your level type will only work for the newly generated world. Do not change your server's level type when you already have a generated world as this can cause issues to your world's terrain generation.

Along with this, if you're using 1.19 or above, the level types DEFAULT and LARGEBIOMES are no longer recognized as level types, you must use NORMAL and LARGE_BIOMES.

Changing your Level Type

Your level type can be set in the Config Files section of your server's control panel.

  1. Access your control panel and Stop your server.
  2. Navigate to Files > Config Files.
  3. Click Server Settings.
    Level Type - Server Settings
  4. Locate the level-type field and enter the level type you want: DEFAULT, FLAT, LARGEBIOMES, or AMPLIFIED.

    IMPORTANT: The level-type field is case-sensitive, ensure that you enter your choice exactly as it is displayed above.
    Level Type - enter level type
  5. Save and Start your server.

If you have an existing world, you will need to reset or delete your world before starting your server.

Adding the Level Type Field

If the level-type option is missing from your Server Settings you can add it manually by following the steps below:

  1. Access your control panel and Stop your server.
  2. Navigate to Files >  FTP File Access and log into the built-in file manager.
  3. Locate the file and click the "Edit" option on its right.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and add level-type=.
  5. Click on the Save button to save the changes.

Now that you have added the level-type option you can follow this article from the start to change your level type.

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Mitchell Smith

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