How To Make a Pixelmon Minecraft Server

7 min. readlast update: 05.05.2024

👋 Introduction

Welcome to our step-by-step guide on setting up the Pixelmon Modpack on a Minecraft server. This guide is will go over everything you need to know in order to create a Minecraft server with the Pixelmon modpack. Before we begin, we need to go over a few things you'll need to know:

🚨 What You'll Need 

  • Memory Requirements: For a great Pixelmon experience, your server should have at least 6GB of RAM for the Modpack itself. More RAM may be needed to accomodate more players. It's suggested to have at least 8GB of RAM to operate a Pixelmon Server with 5 players.

  • Modpack Compatibility: Ensure you have the version of the Pixelmon Modpack that is compatible with your server installed on your CurseForge app/launcher. Here is a guide on getting modpacks via CurseForge.


🚨 Before You Start

1. Backup Server: You'll want to make a backup of your current server before proceeding. To learn how to backup your server, visit our guide on 💡 How To Backup Your Minecraft Server

2. Have Enough RAM: Make sure your server has at least 6GB of RAM to start your Pixelmon server. Less than that and your server will not start. More players on the server means you might need even more RAM. We have a RAM calculator that can help you see how much RAM you need. Pixelmon is considered a medium-sized modpack. 

3. Install Correct Version of Pixelmon: Check that you've got the version of the Pixelmon Modpack that is compatible with your server setup. If you do not see the most updated version of the Modpack in our installer, feel free to reach out to our Support Team and they'll be happy to assist getting the version of the Modpack you're looking for installed on your server.

🚦 Let's Begin...

1. Head to the Control Panel:

  • Log into your server's control panel and navigate to the Modpack tab of the Control Panel.

⚠️ If there are any Modpacks currently installed, you'll need to unistall them by clicking the "Uninstall Button" on the modpack that is currently loaded. This is displayed towards to center of your screen. 

2. Installing the Pixelmon Modpack through the Control Panel Installer.

  • Navigate to the "ModPack" section of the Control Panel then from there search for "The Pixelmon Modpack" or pick it from the front page if it’s there.
  • Choose the most updated version of the Modpack in the Installer.
  • Click the "Install" button and confirm you want to install Pixelmon.
  • The installer will begin installing the modpack on your server, once it's complete the page will auto-refresh.
  • Once the installer is complete, head over to the "Console" tab in your Control Panel and start the server. Give it some time to load as there is a lot of files being installed.

3. Now, open up the CurseForge App/Launcher

  • Load the Pixelmon Modpack, if you do not have it installed you will need to search "The Pixelmon Mod" in the search bar of the CurseForge app/launcher.
  • Copy the Server address from the top right of your Console page in the Control Panel.
  • After launching the game and the modpack has loaded, go to the multiplayer menu then either click
  • Direct Connect then paste in the server address and click join server
  • You can also add the server to your server list if you'd like. This can be done clicking Add Server then inputting any server name you want. Then paste in the server address in the Server Address section. Click "Done".
  • Select the server you added from your server list, and click the "Join Server" button and wait for the world to load!
  • Congrats! Now you have your very own Pixelmon world ready to explore. Take a look around, catch some Pokémon, and have a blast with your friends or alone..

Be sure to check out the rest of our Help Center for more Guides, Tutorials, and More!


If the most recent version of a Modpack or if a Modpack is not available in the Installer in general, you can do a manual install of the Modpack on to your server. Check out our Help Article for 💡 How To Add a Custom Modpack to Your Minecraft Server.


Updating Pixelmon can be a bit difficult, but luckily this will walk you through every step. 

1. Backup Your Server: Before making any changes, it's crucial to safeguard your current game world. Navigate to the "Backups" section of your server's control panel and click the "Backup" button and confirm you want to make a backup. If you have 10 backups, you will need to delete an older backup for this to appear. 

2. Download Your World: If you want to save your world to use on the updated version of the Modpack you can download it by clicking the 3 dots to the right of the "world" folder in in the File Manager tab, and clicking the "Archive" button. Find the archive that was created, and click the three dots next to it and select "Download". Wait for the download to finish before proceeding. 

3. Uninstall the Old Modpack: Access the Modpack section within your server's control panel. Locate and select the current version of the Pixelmon Modpack, then choose the option to uninstall it. Allow the uninstaller to run; your screen will refresh automatically once the process completes.

4. Download & Install the New Modpack on Your Server: Check the modpack installer for the latest version of the Pixelmon Modpack. If it is there, install it. This will remove your world, so it is crucial you have downloaded it.

⚠️ Remeber, if the Modpack is not in our Installer, you can do a manual install of the Modpack on to your server. Check out our Help Article for 💡 How To Add a Custom Modpack to Your Minecraft Server.

5. Install the Modpack On CurseForge:
You will need to change your CurseForge version to the newer version of the modpack you have installed. Here is how to change your modpack version on the CurseForge App.

  1. Open the CuresForge App.

  2. Navigate to the "My Modpacks" tab.

  3. Right-click on the modpack, and click "Change Verson".

  4. Select the new version in the dropdown, and click "Continue".

The new version of the modpack will automatically be installed. In some cases, you will need to click the "Update to New Profile" button when updating a modpack, but that is not always required.

After it is finished, play the modpack like you normally would using the "Play" button that appears when you hover over it.

6. Upload Your World: This will require you to use SFTP, and we have a complete guide on How to Import Your Minecraft World to a Server However, when uploading your world, it will be an archive file. 

After it is uploaded go to the "File Manager" tab in the control panel, and click the three dots next to the archive. Click "Unzip", and your world will be uploaded. 

7. Finalize Installation: At this point, all you need to do is go to the "Console" tab on your server and start the server. If you have questions or difficulties, just reach out to our team on Live Chat


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