Note: You must have both
cron install on your system for MSM to function properly.
Install MSM on a Debian server (Ubuntu etc.) by pasting this line in your terminal:
wget -q http://git.io/Sxpr9g -O /tmp/msm && bash /tmp/msm
Or on RedHat using:
wget -q http://git.io/lu0ULA -O /tmp/msm && bash /tmp/msm
You can paste the links in your browser to read the script that will be executed. Or, if you don’t want to trust a script, install MSM manually:
This script uses the following tools: screen, rsync, zip, jq. Let’s install them:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install screen rsync zip jq
Download MSM’s default configuration file, then read through it and change anything you want. Be sure to carry any changes you make forwards through this guide.
sudo wget http://git.io/6eiCSg -O /etc/msm.conf
Create the user and directories MSM needs:
First create the folder where MSM will store server, jars, and other files:
sudo mkdir /opt/msm
Second, add the user and set permissions
sudo useradd minecraft --home /opt/msm sudo chown minecraft /opt/msm sudo chmod -R 775 /opt/msm
If you want to store your world folders in RAM for a performance boost, create this directory in ramdisk (
/dev/shm is the default in Ubuntu):
sudo mkdir /dev/shm/msm sudo chown minecraft /dev/shm/msm sudo chmod -R 775 /dev/shm/msm
Download the MSM script and place it in
sudo wget http://git.io/J1GAxA -O /etc/init.d/msm
Set script permissions, and integrate script with startup/shutdown:
sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/msm sudo update-rc.d msm defaults 99 10
Create a shortcut so we can use just type
sudo ln -s /etc/init.d/msm /usr/local/bin/msm
Ask MSM to update, getting the latest files:
sudo msm update
Setup MSM’s included cron script for scheduled tasks and force cron to load script:
sudo wget http://git.io/pczolg -O /etc/cron.d/msm sudo service cron reload
If you understand cron, give it a read and alter the timings to your liking.
Create a jar group to manage current and future Minecraft versions:
sudo msm jargroup create minecraft minecraft
Create a new server, and tell it to use the latest of those Minecraft jars:
sudo msm server create <server-name> sudo msm <server-name> jar minecraft
Start your new server:
Before you start make sure to let MSM know which version of Minecraft you are running by adding the following line to
The available strings are currently:
See versioning/versions.txt for the up to the minute list.
Once that clunky step it out the way (I’m working on making it more transparent) let’s start the server:
sudo msm <server-name> start
Move generated worlds to the world storage folder:
When a Minecraft server starts for the first time, it generates a new world according to the
level-name entry in
server.properties, which is
world by default.
MSM requires that you move this newly generated world (and any accompanying folders such as
world_the_end in the case of CraftBukkit) to a new directory which you must create inside of the server root folder called
After moving them, run
sudo msm <server-name> worlds load to create the symlinks needed for the server to recognize new worlds.
See Concepts → Server Layout for further explanation.
If stuck, you can always type
msm help for a quick list of all commands, or if you want to know more about a command read the command documentation.