How to Set Up Dynmap

Dynmap is a plugin that allows you to view a live map of your Minecraft server world, similar to Google Maps. This tutorial will teach you how to set this plugin up for your server. Before anything else, you should already have Dynmap installed on your server. These can either be downloaded from SpigotMC or CurseForge depending on your Server Type.

We also have a tutorial to guide you on how to install Dynmap as well as any other plugins into your server available here, should you need it.

Additionally, it is recommended to Setup a World Border for your worlds before generating your Dynmap to limit how much server space Dynmap (and your world) can take up. All of the Dynmap files are stored locally in the server files as we do not support MySQL Databases as a storage method for Dynmap.

Setting Up Dynmap

After installing Dynmap on your server, you must configure a few more files to finish setting up the plugin.

  1. Log into your Multicraft panel account and Stop your server.
    Setup Dynmap - Stop server
  2. Navigate to Files > FTP File Access. Then, log into the FTP File Manager.
    Setup Dynmap - FTP File Access
  3. Navigate to the Dynmap plugin folder, which should be found inside the \plugins folder.

    Setup Dynmap - dynmap folder
  4. Locate the file named "configuration.txt" and click on the Edit link on its right-hand side.
    Setup Dynmap - Edit configuration file
  5. In the "configuration.txt" file, look for the line that says deftemplatesuffix. Set this to deftemplatesuffix: vlowres or deftemplatesuffix: lowres.

    Dynmap Setup - deftemplatesuffix vlowres
  6. On the same file, locate the line with the webserver-port setting. The default value is 8192 but you MUST change this to a port allocated specifically to your server.

    To allocate a new port to your server, follow our tutorial on Assigning Additional Ports. After you have allocated the additional port, use it in your config (e.g. webserver-port: 1845).
    Setup Dynmap - Change webserver port
  7. Press Save to save all changes and exit the text editor.
    Setup Dynmap - Save Configuration
  8. Start your server to load the changes you've made.
  9. Once your server has fully loaded, test your Dynmap map by navigating to http://IP:PORT on your web browser, replacing "IP" with your Server IP and "PORT" with the Dynmap Webserver Port that you specified in Step 6.

    In this example, the server IP is so the Dynmap live map can be accessed through this link

    If you've configured Dynmap correctly, you should be directed to your server's dynamic map page. However, you might see a blank map similar to the screenshot below. This is normal because the map images have not yet been generated. This will gradually be generated as players move around the world.
    Setup Dynmap - Preview dynamic map
  10. (Optional) To fully generate your dynamic map, use the command: /dynmap fullrender in your console or in-game

    Note: Generating your map will use up a huge portion of your server RAM and may cause lag spikes; this is completely normal. It is recommended to do this when there are no players on your server to prevent interruptions or lag while playing.
That's it! You can now view a live map of your server's worlds. You can even see players and display map indicators for specific locations on your server like the spawn.
Setup Dynmap - Dynmap live map sample


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

Mitchell Smith

Managing Director @ Shockbyte

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