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How To Change The Minecraft Server Version


With Apex Minecraft Hosting you have full control over your server in selecting which server version you want to run. This can be a standard vanilla server of any release version which can be downloaded from the official site or a number of custom .jar files such as Bukkit or many others. The installation process is very simple if you want to do it yourself. Our support team will be happy to do this for you if you are having trouble or just don’t want to deal with it.

Due to the ever malleable nature of Minecraft servers you are bound to encounter the task of having the change its version whether it be to upgrade or downgrade. This applies for any server, modded or not.

Before we review how to change your server version we should first understand what determines “Your Server Version”. In short every server runs off a jar file, the main system file that contains all the necessary elements to actually make the server work. Each jar file can be categorized by its version i.e 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, etc. This is most apparent with vanilla Minecraft versions but can also be seen with modded servers using bukkit, spigot, or forge.

It’s important to understand the version you plan to change to as it could make or break the server. When you have decided on what to change to you can proceed with a couple options, either use the panel jar drop down too quickly install from a list of predefined jar (modpacks included) or manually update the server via FTP.

Changing the Minecraft version via JAR dropdown

  1. Select the respective server you plan to change and navigate to its details page.
  2. Within the details page is a value labeled JAR and a dropdown to go with it that contains a list of predefined jars for quick installation/updating.
  3. Select the version you wish to update to and then click the Save button. Note: If you are trying to update a modpack this way then you will first need to delete the jar files so the panel knows that it need to regenerate it with the newest version rather than use the old one.
  4. Restart the server and it will load up the new version you selected.


Using FTP:

Step 1

Connect to your servers FTP. The password will be the same as you use to log into the server control panel. We recommend using FileZilla which is a simple to use FTP Client, make sure that you download the client version and not the server edition. Once you are logged into your minecraft hosting FTP server you can proceed to the next step.

Step 2

Download the .jar file that you want from any resource which will be the server here.

Step 3

Inside of your FTP browser you will see files and folders. There should be a /jar folder on the root of the file server, if not create the folder. This is where you will upload your selected .jar file.