Installing Multicraft on Ubuntu
Updated by Alex Fornuto Written by Alex Fornuto
Multicraft is a control panel for single or multiple Minecraft servers, with free and paid versions available. This guide will help you install Multicraft on a Linode running Ubuntu 14.04.
NoteThe steps required in this guide require root privileges. Be sure to run the steps below as
rootor with the sudo prefix. For more information on privileges see our Users and Groups guide.
Multicraft for Linux depends on several software packages in order to run.
Update your system:
apt-get update; apt-get upgrade -y
Install Apache2, SQLite, Java, PHP, and related packages:
apt-get install -y apache2 sqlite php5 php5-sqlite php5-gd openjdk-7-jre-headless
In Apache’s configuration file, under the
<Directory /var/www/>section, change the
<Directory /var/www/> Options Indexes FollowSymLinks AllowOverride All Require all granted </Directory>
Reload the Apache configuration:
service apache2 reload
Download the Multicraft installer:
wget --content-disposition http://www.multicraft.org/download/index?arch=linux64
Expand the installer:
tar -xzf multicraft*.tar.gz
Move to the
This will launch an interactive script that will prompt you to configure several options. If you’ve purchased a license for Multicraft, enter it when prompted. If you’re unsure of which options to choose, you can press
returnto select the default option, with a couple of exceptions:
Unless you’re configuring a custom Apache virtual host for Multicraft, specify the location for the PHP frontend to
Location of the PHP frontend: [/var/www/multicraft] /var/www/html/multicraft
Because of the insecure nature of FTP, we strongly recommend that you not enable the builtin FTP server when prompted:
Enable builtin FTP server? [y]/n n
Once this script finishes, you are ready to begin configuring your Multicraft install.
Configuring the Control Panel
In your local web browser, navigate to
188.8.131.52with your Linode’s IP address or domain name. Click on
Multicraft will check your requirements. If you completed the steps above without issue, your page should reflect the results show below:
Multicraft will attempt to copy the default
config.phpfile into place. If successful, click
On the next page, click on
Initialize Database. Afterwards, click
The next page will attempt to connect to the panel database. You should see the message
Connection successful. You can now click on the
Loginbutton and sign in with the username and password
After logging in you will be directed back to the previous page, where you can now click on
Continue. The next page will allow you to configure your basic settings. When done, click
On the daemon configuration page, you will find a start command to initiate the Multicraft Daemon. Copy the command into your terminal:
/home/minecraft/multicraft/bin/multicraft -v start Multicraft 1.8.2 - Minecraft Server Manager Daemon Loading configuration from /home/minecraft/multicraft/multicraft.conf Starting daemon
Back in your browser, click on
Refresh. You should see the daemon in a green box. Click
Your configuration of the Multicraft control panel is now complete. As per the instructions on the page, delete the
install.phpfile from your terminal:
Navigate to the directory where Multicraft stores
jarfiles. If you used the default options, it will be
Download the latest version of the Minecraft server (1.8.1 at the time of this publication) from the Minecraft Download page:
Back in the Multicraft web interface, click on
Create Server. Fill in the options as you see fit, but be sure to add
minecraft_server.1.8.1.jar(or your downloaded version) in the
The first time you attempt to start the Minecraft server it will fail. By checking the Console view, you should see the following output:
... 04.02 22:24:38 [Server] INFO [22:24:38] [Server thread/INFO]: Stopping server 04.02 22:24:38 [Server] INFO [22:24:38] [Server thread/INFO]: You need to agree to the EULA in order to run the server. Go to eula.txt for more info. 04.02 22:24:38 [Server] INFO [22:24:38] [Server thread/WARN]: Failed to load eula.txt ...
After reading the End User License Agreement, open the file
eula.txtin your terminal and change the value of
#By changing the setting below to TRUE you are indicating your agreement to our EULA (https://account.mojang.com/documents/minecraft_eula). #Wed Feb 04 22:24:38 UTC 2015 eula=true
You can now successfully start and manage your Minecraft server through Multicraft! For instructions on connecting to your Minecraft server, click here.
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.
- Installing Multicraft on Debian - Deprecated
- How to Set Up a Minecraft Server on Ubuntu or Debian
- Minecraft on Linode with Ubuntu 12.04 - Deprecated
- How to Setup a Terraria Linux Server
- How to Configure a Firewall with UFW
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