How to Configure Your Minecraft Server (server.properties)

We have a video tutorial on how to configure your Minecraft server:

 

The server.properties file is where your server's configurations and settings are stored.

While the default configuration of a new Minecraft server works for most situations, you may wish to customize your server by tweaking a few of the configuration options and this will require you to modify the server.properties file. Doing this is made easy with the Multicraft control panel so you won't have to manually edit the file directly from your server directory.

All Minecraft servers from Shockbyte come with our customized version of the Multicraft panel so that you can configure and set up your new Minecraft server easily.


Accessing Your Server Settings

Note: Changes you make to your config will not impact your server if it is online. Stop your server before configuring your server settings.
  1. Navigate to Files > Config Files in your control panel.
  2. On the Config Files page, select Server Settings.

Configuring Your Server Settings

Now that you have accessed your server settings, you may modify this to your preference. The table below describes some of the more useful and frequently customized server settings options available in your server control panel.

*NAME **KEY DEFAULT VALUE DESCRIPTION
Spawn Monsters spawn-monsters Enabled

Controls whether or not monsters or hostile mobs will spawn.

Acceptable values are Enabled or Disabled.

Player vs Player pvp Enabled

Controls whether or not players can harm each other.

Acceptable values are Enabled or Disabled.

Online Mode online-mode Enabled

Controls whether or not the server will authenticate players with Mojang's servers.

Acceptable values are Enabled or Disabled.

Related article: Disable Online Mode for Your Minecraft Server

Spawn Animals spawn-animals Enabled

Controls whether or not animals will spawn in your worlds.

Acceptable values are Enabled or Disabled.

Protected Spawn Size spawn-protection 16

Controls the number of blocks in each direction from your world's spawn block that cannot be interacted with without being opped.

Any integer is acceptable and 0 will disable spawn protection.

Whitelisting white-list Disabled

Controls whether or not whitelisting is enabled is used.

Acceptable values are Enabled or Disabled.

Allow Nether allow-nether Enabled

Controls whether players can travel to the Nether.

Acceptable values are Enabled or Disabled.

View Distance view-distance 10

Controls the amount of world data that can be seen by a player at any given location.

It has a minimum value of 3 and a maximum value of 32.

Level Seed level-seed  

Controls the seed your server will use when generating a new world.

Any value is acceptable and no value will cause your server to use a random seed.

Allow Flying allow-flight Disabled

Controls whether or not players are permitted to fly using exploits or mods.

Acceptable values are Enabled or Disabled.

Game Mode gamemode 0

Controls the default game mode for the server.

Acceptable values are Survival, Creative, Adventure, or Spectator (1.8+).

Related Article: Changing Your Minecraft Game Mode

Difficulty difficulty 1

Controls the difficulty level for the server.

Acceptable values are Peaceful, Easy, Normal, or Hard.

Related article: Change the Difficulty of Your Minecraft Server

Server Message motd A Minecraft Server

Controls the message displayed below the server name in the Minecraft client.

Any string under 60 characters is acceptable. Color and formatting codes, as well as special characters, may be used.

Related article: Customize Your Server MOTD

rcon.port rcon.port A random five-digit number

Controls the port needed to access your console using RCON.

Acceptable values are any five-digit number not used by another server on your server's node.

Related Article: How to Setup RCON on Your Minecraft Server

enable-command-block enable-command-block true

Controls whether command blocks can be used.

Acceptable values are true or false.

max-tick-time max-tick-time 60000

Controls the amount of time (in milliseconds) that a tick is allowed to take before the server crashes.

Value must be an integer.

enforce-secure-profile enforce-secure-profile true

Controls whether players using third-party launchers are prevented from connecting to your server.

Acceptable values are true or false.

generate-structures generate-structures true

Controls whether naturally-generated structures, such as villages, can spawn in new chunks on your server's world.

Acceptable values are true or false.

require-resource-pack require-resource-pack false

Controls if players who deny a server resource pack will be disconnected from the server.

Acceptable values are true or false.

broadcast-rcon-to-ops broadcast-rcon-to-ops true

Controls whether operators will see executed commands via RCON of other operators in chat.

Acceptable values are true or false.

resource-pack-prompt resource-pack-prompt  

Sets a custom resource pack prompt if a server resource pack is defined and require-resource-pack is set to true.

Any message for the custom prompt is acceptable.

enable-rcon enable-rcon false

Controls if RCON is enabled for the server, which allows operators to use the console remotely.

Acceptable values are true or false.

hide-online-players hide-online-players false

Controls if the number of players online can be seen from the Minecraft launcher server list.

Acceptable values are true or false.

resource-pack resource-pack  

Sets the server's resource pack, making it easier for players to download the server's resource pack, or make it mandatory.

Acceptable values are download links configured to be downloadable by the server.

Related article: How to Set a Resource Pack on Your Minecraft Server

simulation-distance simulation-distance 10

Controls the number of chunks in each direction from each player in which entities will remain loaded.

It has a minimum value of 3 and a maximum value of 32.

rcon.password rcon.password  

Sets a password for RCON to use your server's console remotely.

player-idle-timeout player-idle-timeout 0

Controls if and when players will be kicked from the server if they are idle. If the value is an integer other than 0, players will be kicked when they are idle for that number of minutes.

force-gamemode force-gamemode false

Controls whether or not players should be in the same gamemode as the server every time they join the server.

By default, players stay in the same gamemode they had before logging out of the server.

Acceptable values are true or false.

hardcore hardcore false

Controls whether or not hardcode mode is enabled. When enabled, players are set to spectator mode after they die.

Acceptable values are true or false.

broadcast-console-to-ops broadcast-console-to-ops true

Controls whether operators will see executed commands of other operators in chat.

Acceptable values are true or false.

spawn-npcs spawn-npcs true

Controls whether or not villagers spawn.

Acceptable values are true or false.

previews-chat previews-chat true

Controls whether players can preview their messages with how they will actually look in chat before sending them, particularly regarding styling.

Acceptable values are true or false.

enforce-whitelist enforce-whitelist false

Controls whether or not the whitelist is enforced with regard to online players when the whitelist is reloaded. Any player not on the whitelist will be kicked from the server if set to true.

Acceptable values are Enabled or false.


* This is the name of the option on the Server Settings page of your Multicraft panel.
** This is the name of the configuration option in the server.properties file.

Please note that the table above may not reflect the options available for your server, or the order in which they are listed. This is due to differences between versions of Minecraft. Additionally, niche and technical options were not included in the table. If you’d like to learn more about the different server settings you can configure, check out this Minecraft Wiki page.

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Mitchell Smith

Managing Director @ Shockbyte

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