The best Minecraft servers

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Looking at Minecraft servers for your next adventure? Since Minecraft already provides a bottomless well of creative tools, finding the right spot to kick up your feet from a day of exploring ancient cities is critical. If you're keen on playing your own Game of Thrones on a survival server, you can find just the right one. 

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Or maybe you're more into PvP and minigames so you can prove your prowess—there are tons to get into. And of course the option to step onto a modded server for a unique experience, whether you're roleplaying and trading jabs with the new lords of Westeros or just roaming the fields catching every Pixelmon. No matter what you're hunting for, we've got together a list of the best Minecraft servers for you, so you can find one tailored to you. 

After you’ve perused our curated catalogue of Minecraft server selections, all you’ll need to do is connect to one. And luckily, joining a server is a simple process. All you have to do is open Minecraft, enter the name of the server as the title, and then in the box underneath paste in the IP address you’ll find at the beginning of each entry on our list. After you’ve saved your new addition, you can hit play and jump right in. Some servers may also require you to download texture packs—now called resource packs—but our list of the best Minecraft texture packs can walk you through it.

With Minecraft 1.20 peeking over the far horizon and bringing everything from new bookshelves, to bamboo blocks, to the addition of the Minecraft camel—you’ll be able to set yourself up with a fine distraction from the wait with a brand new Minecraft server to play on. Check out our list of the best Minecraft servers below: 

Best Minecraft Servers

Simply the best, these are the finest of the fine when it comes to Minecraft servers. No matter what category you’re looking for, you won’t go wrong with one of these picks. 

Mineplex

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Mineplex is one of the best Minecraft servers on this list. It's an astoundingly large server and has a vast array of things to do. They’ve got FPS games, painting, and even their own version of Smash Bros. Basically if you can think of a game type, there’s a large chance of it being available within Mineplex. If you're after a Minecraft survival server, they've got a whole section dedicated to survival games. It’s also got an incredibly active staff and as a result, suffers from a lot less grief than some of the less wholesome servers around—and staff just rebuilt the network with new servers to boot.

  • IP Address: us.mineplex.com or pe.mineplex.com
  • Gamemodes: Cake Wars, Sky Wars, Survival Games, lots of other game modes
  • Microtransactions?: Yes

Minecraft Middle-earth 

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A team was always going to attempt to recreate the Lord of the Rings universe in Minecraft, and the result is something truly breathtaking. Everything in MC Middle-earth has been meticulously crafted to feel as real as possible. Taking a stroll through the Shire is a lovely way to lose a few hours, but if you’re not here for a sightseeing tour, there’s also a PvP server. Because of course there is.

  • Build IP Address: build.mcmiddleearth.com 
  • PvP and Event IP Address: pvp.mcmiddleearth.com
  • Gamemodes: Organized building, or multiple PVP modes
  • Microtransactions?: No

Performium

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Formerly called Skyblock Network, Performium gives you several different variants of the Skyblock formula to play with. Whether you want a more difficult one block island, or just to do some co-op with a friend, Performium lets you set up and trade your wares with others, or just show off your awesome Skyblock setup to others. It’s the diamond standard for anyone who loves the quirky rags to riches mode. 

  • IP Address: MC.PERFORMIUM.NET
  • Gamemodes: Everything Skyblock you can imagine.
  • Microtransactions?: Yes

Best Modded Minecraft Servers

When you’re looking for a different experience, expanding on the vanilla and dragging it out to the best of what mods can offer, this is where to find your new fave. 

Pixelmon Generations 

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Pixelmon Generations (opens in new tab) is a Minecraft mod, but it's spawned a whole bunch of Pokemon-related servers, including PokeSaga (opens in new tab), PokeZone (opens in new tab), Pixelmon Harmony (opens in new tab)a strand within Complex Gaming, and many more. Pixelmon Generations features every Pokemon ever from Generations 1-7, and many from the most recent, Generation 8. That means this server has more catchable Pokemon across its many biomes than Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield, which is quite sad when you think about it.

WesterosCraft

With the Game of Thrones ending fading into history, fans have had House of the Dragon unleashed to make them hungry for more. Well, hunger no longer, and feast yourself on this WesterosCraft. While it’s not finished, the creators estimate that the world is 72% complete as of late 2022. This one is an exploration server all about seeing the sights of Westeros as the team works towards completing it. We’ve yet to see whether or not you can pet the Direwolves though…

  • IP Address: mc.westeroscraft.com
  • Gamemodes: Organized creative building and sightseeing
  • Microtransactions?: No

Potter World MC

When you first enter Potter World, you’re greeted by the boy himself battling a dementor as Hogwarts sits ominously in the background. Much like Middle Earth, Potter World goes all out when it comes to authenticity. Buildings appear as they do in the mind’s eye, complete with inside furnishings. You can learn about potion making, duel other wizards and witches, or go off and play a friendly round of quidditch. This is Minecraft at its strongest: creating game worlds that best those of their AAA counterparts.

  • IP Address: play.potterworldmc.com
  • Gamemodes: RPG-like main mode, minigames, and personal housing builds
  • Microtransactions?: Yes

Best Survival Minecraft Servers

Want that classic survival experience? Building your own little empire, or joining someone elses? Survival in multiplayer is the quintessential Minecraft experience with other people—so take your pick. 

Minewind

Looking for a server that lets you do pretty much whatever you want? Minewind is an anything goes (except cheating) free-for-all of PvP chaos. Trying to survive for any length of time in this world is a real challenge, but it’s an enjoyable challenge. There are classes to pick between, regular events, block-claiming for all your building pleasures, and a wilderness to explore and risk it all in—as long as you like living on the edge. 

  • IP Address: server.minewind.com
  • Gamemodes: Open ended class-based survival
  • Microtransactions?: Yes
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PirateCraft

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Sailing a ship around in Minecraft is tricky, but in PirateCraft, they do a surprisingly good job of making it work. As is often the way with these Minecraft survival servers, it takes a bit of time to get used to things, but it’s well worth the effort if you like the idea. The scale of the ships is impressive, as is the ship-to-ship combat. Just don’t be surprised when someone nicks your pirate ship. There’s no honour among thieves.  

  • IP Address: mc.piratemc.com
  • Gamemodes: Survival mode with player economy, ships, cannons, etc
  • Microtransactions?: Yes

Autcraft

Autcraft is a server designed specifically for children and adults who have autism. It’s designed to be a safe haven for those who want a reprieve from the potentially overwhelming things you would find on other servers. This includes things like no frightening characters and making sure everything is kept child-friendly. You have to apply in order to join the server, but if you make it in then you’re good to go. It’s not doing anything special in terms of how it plays, but it’s a useful one to know about if you or a family member have autism and would like to know there's somewhere safe to go.  

  • IP Address: mc.autcraft.com
  • Gamemodes: Survival mode with jobs and collaborative builds
  • Microtransactions?: Yes

The Lord of the Craft

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While this may sound like a Lord of the Rings server, it’s not quite. It’s fantasy, sure, but with a huge focus on roleplaying. The world, and its lore, is already set up, and a helpful warp command means travelling between the different kingdoms (high elves, dark elves, dwarves, etc) is simple. All you need is a killer skin and an elaborate backstory in Lord Of The Craft and you’re good to go.

  • IP Address: mc.lotc.co
  • Gamemodes: Roleplay-focused survival
  • Microtransactions?: Yes

Best Minigame Minecraft Servers

Whether you’re looking for a quick distraction, or to attain mastery over a staple minigame like Bed Wars, minigame focused servers are a ticket to a wide variety of fun. 

Hypixel

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Hypixel is a mini-game heavy server. There are all the normal games you would expect from a high-quality server, but there are also a few noteworthy ones as well. Games like VampireZ, where you have to try and survive as a human while the vampires hunt you. There’s even a game called Turbo Kart Racers, which is a surprisingly good racing game that will pit you against other players as you try and reach the finish line first. It’s a lot of fun, and they update it regularly, so it’s worth sticking around for. 

  • IP Address: mc.hypixel.net
  • Gamemodes: Bed Wars, SkyWars, VampireZ, and many other game modes
  • Microtransactions?: Yes

ManaCube

IP address: play.manacube.com

With lots of game modes to try out including Parkour, Survival, Towny, and PvP, ManaCube is a great all-purpose server for those who enjoy playing a variety of different things in Minecraft. They’ve also got a healthy size to their community, and a wide variety of different cosmetics and other things you can pick up—from furniture to auras to art—if collecting stuff to show off is your thing. 

  • IP Address: play.manacube.com
  • Gamemodes: Survival server, in-game events, PVP, parkour courses, etc
  • Microtransactions?: Yes

Herobrine.org

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Who doesn't want to play on a Minecraft server named after the game's most popular creepypasta mystery? Herobrine.org has a bunch of different games including survival, skyblock, factions, and more. It also has an Earth, a geopolitical game mode so make sure to check that out. When you're done, why not check out the infamous Herobrine world seed that was found earlier this year.

  • IP Address: Herobrine.org
  • Gamemodes: Survival server, Earth, skyblock factions, etc
  • Microtransactions?: Yes
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Grand Theft Minecart 

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You can probably guess from the title which popular video game series this server is based on. You guessed it, the unstoppable juggernaut that is Hello Kitty Online. Or GTA. It’s one of the two.

Join this server and you’ll be treated to two different game modes (Grand Theft Minecart and Vice Minecart), as well as 35 different GTA-inspired weapons. There are also plenty of vehicle offerings including cars, planes, and of course, tanks.  Because it’s not GTA if there isn’t an option to go on an explodey murder-spree.

  • IP Address: mc-gtm.net
  • Gamemodes: GTA-inspired Grand Theft Minecart mode
  • Microtransactions?: Yes

Extreme Craft

We couldn’t put out a list of Minecraft servers without mentioning one of the most popular out there. Extreme Craft keeps popping up because of the sheer amount of modes there are to play, including the likes of a fully fleshed out survival mode, hunger games, factions, skygrid, skywars, skyblock, acid island, and eggwars. That’s on top of a creative mode and the option of roleplaying. It’s like a Minecraft greatest hits compilation.

  • IP Address: play.extremecraft.net
  • Gamemodes: Survival, creative, acid island, skywars, and many more game modes
  • Microtransactions?: Yes
Philip Palmer

Phil is a contributor for PC Gamer, formerly of TechRadar Gaming. With four years of experience writing freelance for several publications, he's covered every genre imaginable. For 15 years he's done technical writing and IT documentation, and more recently traditional gaming content. He has a passion for the appeal of diversity, and the way different genres can be sandboxes for creativity and emergent storytelling. With thousands of hours in League of Legends, Overwatch, Minecraft, and countless survival, strategy, and RPG entries, he still finds time for offline hobbies in tabletop RPGs, wargaming, miniatures painting, and hockey.