This article is for those looking for a detailed and clear guide on how to Install Minecraft Server with Docker Compose.

In this guide, we will consider the case when you already have a server with the Ubuntu Server 20.04 LTS operating system installed on it.

You can read more about how to install Ubuntu Server 20.04 LTS in my guide “Install Ubuntu Server 20.04 LTS”.

Also, the server must have Docker Engine and Docker Compose installed.

You can learn how to install Docker Engine and Docker Compose on Ubuntu Server by reading “Install Docker Engine and Docker Compose on Ubuntu Server”.

In addition, OpenSSH must be installed on the server, and port 22 must be open in order to be able to connect to the server using the SSH protocol.

To install OpenSSH on a server, you can use the command:

sudo apt install openssh-server

If you plan to connect to the server using the Windows operating system, you can use PuTTY or MobaXterm.

This guide describes how to connect to a server using the iTerm2 terminal emulator installed on the macOS operating system.

Please note that you will need to open the following TCP ports to access your server:

  • TCP port 25565 - to access the Minecraft client to the Minecraft server.

We connect to the server on which you plan to install Minecraft Server.

Now you need to create a YAML configuration file that will contain all the necessary conditions for Minecraft Server to work.

Let’s create a YAML configuration file using a text editor using the command:

vim minecraft-server-docker-compose.yml

Please note that if you need to use plugins, then they must be placed in the plugins folder, which is automatically created when the Minecraft server starts.

Install Minecraft Server with Docker Compose

Hit the “i” button to go into edit mode, then insert the following configuration for Minecraft Server to work.

Install Minecraft Server with Docker Compose

Next, you need to make changes to the configuration so that the contents of the file match your conditions. Parameters that need to be checked or changed are marked “(replace with yours)”.

In this guide, the mc.heva.co subdomain will be used to access Minecraft Server from the Internet. You will need to specify your domain or subdomain by which your Minecraft Server will be accessible from the Internet.

Now press the “Esc” button to exit edit mode, then type “:x” and press the “Enter” button to save your changes and exit the editor.

Install Minecraft Server with Docker Compose

Now let’s start Minecraft Server with the command:

docker compose -f minecraft-server-docker-compose.yml -p minecraft up -d

Install Minecraft Server with Docker Compose

Vladimir Mikhalev
hey, I’m Vladimir Mikhalev, but my friends call me Valdemar. I have a lot of experience in the design and maintenance of various information systems.

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