How to Set Up BungeeCord to Link Spigot Servers
Updated by linode Contributed by Thomas Wemyss
After you’ve got a Minecraft server up and running with Spigot on Debian and Ubuntu, you may want to connect different servers with different collections of plugins. BungeeCord acts as a proxy between the Minecraft client and the server, and allows for simple and easy switching between your Spigot servers. It allows for players to connect to one address, yet also access a wider variety of activities than can be easily set up on a single Minecraft server instance.
NoteThis guide is written for a non-root user. Commands that require elevated privileges are prefixed with
sudo. If you’re not familiar with the
sudocommand, you can check our Users and Groups guide.
Setting Up Your Linode
For the purposes of this tutorial, you will be creating another Debian or Ubuntu Linode to run BungeeCord. This helps to keep it separate from your other servers, and allows you to hide the IP of any back-end services.
We will assume that the IP of the Linode you’re going to install BungeeCord on is
203.0.113.0, and there are two Spigot servers, with the IP addresses
Updating and Installing Prerequisite Software
On the Linode that is going to host BungeeCord:
Update the system:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
If not previously installed, you will need to install OpenJDK JRE, an open source Java environment:
sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre-headless
Install GNU Screen. This allows BungeeCord to run in the background, even when you’re not connected to SSH.
sudo apt-get install screen
Create another user for the BungeeCord proxy, so that it doesn’t have the same privileges as your user. You’ll need to keep this password for future reference.
sudo adduser bungeecord
Configuring the Firewall on the BungeeCord Node
If you’re using iptables or ufw to act as a firewall, you’ll need to make a rule on the Linode running BungeeCord, to permit TCP on port 25565. This can be done by running:
sudo iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 25565 -j ACCEPT
Configuring the Firewall on the Spigot Server Linodes
For BungeeCord, the Spigot servers need to be in offline mode, as the BungeeCord proxy handles the authentication. This can make the servers vulnerable to people connecting directly, as they can connect with any username, potentially allowing for connection as a user with administrative permissions. To prevent this, you can set up iptables to limit connections to only the BungeeCord server.
NoteThis section assumes that you’ve only got a Spigot server running on each Linode. If you have other services, you’ll need to modify the rules to allow them to continue working.
Delete existing rules and then allow SSH. If you’ve changed your SSH port, make sure to change the
sudo iptables -F sudo iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT
Limit the connections on port 25565 (TCP) to the IP of the BungeeCord Linode,
203.0.113.0. You will need to change this for your system:
sudo iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -s `203.0.113.0` --dport 25565 -j ACCEPT
NoteIf you’re running other Spigot servers on the same Linode, then you will need to run step 2 again, but changing
25565to the port of the other servers.
Allow loopback traffic through the firewall:
sudo iptables -A INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT sudo iptables -A OUTPUT -o lo -j ACCEPT
Allow outgoing connections, and then drop all other packets:
sudo iptables -I INPUT -m state --state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT sudo iptables -A INPUT -j DROP
NoteIf you’ve configured your
iptablesfirewall by following our Securing Your Server tutorial, then you will need to append the exceptions in steps 1, 2 and 3 to
/etc/iptables.firewall.rulesto ensure that they’re persistent between reboots.
Log into the BungeeCord Linode as the
bungeecord user created earlier, and download BungeeCord:
wget -O BungeeCord.jar http://ci.md-5.net/job/BungeeCord/lastSuccessfulBuild/artifact/bootstrap/target/BungeeCord.jar
NoteThis downloads the latest version of BungeeCord. You can find older versions for older Minecraft server versions, here.
Setting up BungeeCord
Start BungeeCord up, allowing it to generate the configuration files:
java -jar BungeeCord.jar
After the prompt
[INFO] Listening on /0.0.0.0:25577is displayed in the console, type
endand press Enter.
config.ymlby replacing the section of the configuration that says
host: 0.0.0.0:25565as this is the default port that the Minecraft Client attempts to connect to.
Edit the following block of the configuration, in order to add our existing Spigot servers:
servers: lobby: address: localhost:25565 restricted: false motd: 'Just another BungeeCord - Forced Host'
For the servers that are specified as examples in the introduction, it would look like:
servers: lobby: address: 203.0.113.112:25565 restricted: false motd: 'Just another BungeeCord - Forced Host' games: address: 203.0.113.198:25565 restricted: false motd: 'Just another BungeeCord - Forced Host'
Each server block has a label: In the case of the example,
games. These can be any word you want, but it’s important that they are descriptive, as they will be used by the players to change servers.
So that players can recognise your server more easily in their server list, you can set a custom message. Change the line that says
motd: 'Just another Bungeecord - Forced Host'and put your custom message between the quotes. You can use Minecraft color codes here.
To allow for UUIDs to be correct in the Spigot servers, you should also ensure that you set
Finally, you need to set the default server for players who connect. You can do this by replacing the
lobbyin the line that says
default_server: lobbywith the label for your server.
Save and exit.
Create the file:
#!/bin/bash screen -dmS "bungeecord" java -jar BungeeCord.jar
chmod +x bungeestart.sh, to make the file executable.
When you want to start your server, run
To connect to the server console, run:
screen -r bungeecord
Whenever you want to detach from the console, press
Configuring your Spigot servers for BungeeCord
On your Spigot servers, navigate to the Spigot directory and open
bungeecord: true. Save and exit.
online-mode=false. Save and exit.
Restart the Spigot servers.
Switching Between Servers Without Reconnecting
Connect to your BungeeCord address in Minecraft, and run
/server name where
name is the name you configured in the BungeeCord
config.yml file. It’s that simple!
To see who is online on any of the BungeeCord servers that you’ve linked, you can run:
Unable to Connect to Minecraft
If there is an issue connecting, then it’s important to check that the login servers are up. These quite frequently come under attack, so you’ll need to check if you can access other servers. If you can, and you’re using the right version of Minecraft, there are some simple steps that you can follow to isolate the problem:
Check the Ping
If the server shows the MOTD and a ping in the server list, as per the image above, it’s likely that the problem lies between BungeeCord and your Spigot servers. To check, you can log into your BungeeCord server, and you’ll most likely see a line similar to the following in the logs, where the IP
198.51.100.0 is replaced by your IP. This shows that your client is successfully pinging the BungeeCord server:
00:20:34 [INFO] [/198.51.100.0:50677] <-> InitialHandler has connected
If the logs look similar to above, the following error is likely occurring:
This indicates that Bungee couldn’t contact your Spigot servers. There are a few steps you can take:
Ensure that the settings in the BungeeCord
config.ymlare correct, especially the server IP addresses and ports. If not, edit them to correct the mistake, and restart BungeeCord.
If the settings are correct, then you may want to change the default server to another of the Spigot servers, in case the problem is isolated to the default. Restart BungeeCord.
If the problem continues, then you’ll need to check the Spigot configs to ensure you’ve configured them for BungeeCord as detailed above.
If the problem still occurs, it’s likely to be with the firewall on your Spigot servers. You can try running
iptables -Fto clear the rules. You can now test connecting without any firewall, to see if that was causing the issue. As soon as possible after this, you should reconfigure the firewall as above.
Unable to Ping
In other cases, the server won’t even show a response in the server list:
If this happens, you should check that BungeeCord is actually running, and that you’re attempting to connect to the correct IP address. In our example, it would be
Assuming that the issue is not solved, the issue is likely to be the firewall. You can flush your firewalls with:
You should try again to reconnect. If you can connect now, then you’ll need to reconfigure the firewall as detailed above.
You may wish to consult the following resources for additional information on this topic. While these are provided in the hope that they will be useful, please note that we cannot vouch for the accuracy or timeliness of externally hosted materials.
- Running a Spigot Minecraft Server on Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10
- How to Setup a Terraria Linux Server
- PocketMine Server on Debian 7
- Installing McMyAdmin for Minecraft on Debian
- Installing Multicraft on Ubuntu
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