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Choosing Your OS

For my OS, I'll be running Ubuntu 18.04, but this should be relatively universal on other operating systems.

Installing Docker

For steps on installing Docker on Ubuntu 18.04, please view my article:

Finding a Minecraft Docker Image

For the Docker image I used itzg/minecraft-server as it appears to be the most popular on Docker Hub.

Creating a Data Directory

On your host server, create a directory to host the container's data. That way if the container ever gets deleted or something unexpected happens, the data will remain intact. For this instance I created:


Running the Image

To pull the image from Docker Hub & run the container, execute the following command:

docker run -d -e EULA=TRUE -p 25565:25565 -v /home/<user>/minecreft/demo_data:/data --name mc itzg/minecraft-server

If Docker was able to find the image,you will see it start to pull the necessary files:

latest: Pulling from itzg/minecraft-server
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Breaking Down the Docker Run Command

Running the Docker container in the background (detatched):


Set environment variables (Minecraft forces you to accept their EULA):


Publish a container's port(s) to the host:

-p 25565:25565

Bind mount the Minecraft server's /data directory to the hosts volume:

-v /home/<user>/minecreft/demo_data:/data

Assign a name to the container:

--name mc

Checking the Container's Status

Since we ran the container detatched, we wont see anything in the standard output. To check the container's status run the following command:

docker container ls

You should see the following showing the status is "Up":

CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                          COMMAND             CREATED             STATUS                    PORTS                                 NAMES
35869476ab7f        itzg/minecraft-server:latest   "/start"            16 minutes ago      Up 16 minutes (healthy)>25565/tcp, 25575/tcp   mc

Checking the Bind Mount

On the host machine, change directory (cd) to the data directory we created earlier. Run "ls" and you should see the Minecraft server's data:

banned-ips.json      config    logs                         mods      plugins            usercache.json  world
banned-players.json  eula.txt  minecraft_server.1.14.3.jar  ops.json  whitelist.json

Checking Logs

If you ever need to check the container's logs, you can execute the following command which will follow the logs in realtime:

docker logs -f mc

Connect & Play

On your Minecraft client, direct connect to the IP address of your host server and have fun!