Installing Multicraft on Ubuntu

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 VPS running Ubuntu 14.04.

The steps required in this guide require root privileges. Be sure to run the steps below as root or with the sudoprefix.


Multicraft for Linux depends on several software packages in order to run.

  1. Update your system:

    apt-get update; apt-get upgrade -y
  2. Install Apache2, SQLite, Java, PHP, and related packages:

    apt-get install -y apache2 sqlite php5 php5-sqlite php5-gd openjdk-7-jre-headless
  3. In Apache’s configuration file, under the <Directory /var/www/> section, change the AllowOverridevalue to all.

    <Directory /var/www/>
            Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
            AllowOverride All
            Require all granted
  4. Reload the Apache configuration:

    service apache2 reload

Installing Multicraft

  1. Download the Multicraft installer:

    wget --content-disposition
  2. Expand the installer:

    tar -xzf multicraft*.tar.gz
  3. Move to the multicraft directory:

    cd multicraft/
  4. Execute the script:

  5. 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 return to 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 /var/www/html/multicraft:

      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

  1. In your local web browser, navigate to, replacing12.34.56.78 with your VPS IP address or domain name. Click on Start Installation:

    Multicraft Installer.

  2. Multicraft will check your requirements. If you completed the steps above without issue, your page should reflect the results show below:

    Multicraft Requirements Check.

    Click Continue.

  3. Multicraft will attempt to copy the default config.php file into place. If successful, click Continue:

    Multicraft Configuration File Transfer.

  4. On the next page, click on Initialize Database. Afterwards, click Continue:

    Multicraft Database Creation.

  5. The next page will attempt to connect to the panel database. You should see the messageConnection successful. You can now click on the Login button and sign in with the username and password admin.

    Multicraft Panel Database Connection.

  6. After logging in you will be directed back to the previous page, where you can now click onContinue. The next page will allow you to configure your basic settings. When done, clickSave.

  7. 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
  8. Back in your browser, click on Refresh. You should see the daemon in a green box. ClickContinue:

    Multicraft Daemon Configuration.

  9. Your configuration of the Multicraft control panel is now complete. As per the instructions on the page, delete the install.php file from your terminal:

    rm /var/www/html/multicraft/install.php

Install Minecraft

  1. Navigate to the directory where Multicraft stores jar files. If you used the default options, it will be /home/minecraft/multicraft/jar/:

    cd /home/minecraft/multicraft/jar/
  2. Download the latest version of the Minecraft server (1.8.1 at the time of this publication) from the Minecraft Download page:

  3. Back in the Multicraft web interface, click on Servers, then 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 theJAR File field:

    Multicraft Server Settings.

  4. 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
  5. After reading the End User License Agreement, open the file eula.txt in your terminal and change the value of eula to true:

    #By changing the setting below to TRUE you are indicating your agreement to our EULA (
    #Wed Feb 04 22:24:38 UTC 2015

    You can now successfully start and manage your Minecraft server through Multicraft!.

More Information

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