Hosting Your Own Minecraft PE Server – Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS

These are the steps/commands I used to install Minecraft PE on Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS 64-bit for me, my son, and his friends. I already port forwarded and made the necessary firewall changes on my hosted server.

Tested and working on Apple iOS Minecraft PE for iPhone and iPad on version 1.0.2.

  1. Download and install Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS server edition:
  2. Once installed, and at the console, download and install all updates: apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y
  3. Make a user to run Minecraft PE under: useradd minecraftsvc
  4. Make a directory to install Minecraft PE in: mkdir /etc/minecraftpe
  5. Set permissions on the directory to grant the new user full access: chown minecraftsvc:minecraftsvc /etc/minecraftpe
  6. Change directories to your new directory: cd /etc/minecraftpe
  7. Clone the GitHub repo (because the install script is now working at the time of this writing): git clone --recursive pocketmine-mp.git
  8. Move files from the git folder to your directory: mv /etc/minecraftpe/pocketmine-mp.git/* /etc/minecraftpe/
  9. Download PHP 7.0.6 64 bit: wget
  10. Extract the php binary: tar xzvf download [press tab key to auto fill]
  11. Make the executable by running: chmod +x
  12. Run the start script as root once to create necessary directories and files: ./
  13. Answer the questions during the first-run. Once finished and server is running, press CTRL+C (which literally is CTRL C).
  14. Reset directory permissions for any new directories. NOTE: you should be in the /etc/minecraftpe directory: chown minecraftsvc:minecraftsvc * -R
  15. Run the script as your minecraftsvc non-root user: su -c "/etc/minecraftpe/" -s /bin/sh minecraftsvc

Server is online:

Server is generating world when connected:

What you see in terminal/shell when user joins:

Other items you need to be familiar with: nano to edit your server settings.
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