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Change the version on your Minecraft server

We've made it super simple to change the server software and version on your Minecraft server.

You can also use your own custom server jar! Just upload it through the File Manager and rename the file to server.jar – the server should use it on next boot.

Head to our game panel at and select your server. Skip to Step 5 if you're only wanting to change the version of your server, not the server software.

Select the "Settings" button in the sidebar, then click the dropdown under the "Change Software" heading.

Select whichever server software you'd like to install (see: Which Minecraft server software is right for me?) then press the "Save" button, followed by enabling the "Reinstall Server" toggle.

Press "Change Software" and your server will reinstall with the latest version of the software you selected.

By default, we install the latest version of the software you select – although if you want to change the version to something older, select the "Startup" button in the sidebar and click on the "Minecraft Version" box.

Enter the version for which you'd like to install the software. A 1.19.4 Fabric server for example would require you to type 1.19.4 in the box, like below:

Head to "Settings" in the sidebar once again and "Reinstall Server". Don't worry, this won't delete/overwrite any existing files except the current .jar for your server software.

The next time you start up your server, it should now use the version you installed. Enjoy!

Be aware – worlds generated using newer versions of Minecraft cannot be loaded by older server versions, your world will fail to load on server start. Luckily, tools like Chunker (made by the Hive Games team) exist can be very useful when making a world compatible with earlier versions.

Updated on: 03/06/2023

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