Things To Know When Running a Modded Minecraft Server

4 min. readlast update: 10.17.2023

Running a modded Minecraft server is the best way to play Minecraft with your friends. However, it is one of the hardest types of servers to run and manage.

For this reason, we wanted to outline some of the important things to know and do when you are hosting a modded server with SimpleGameHosting. 

🖥️ Setting Up Automatic Backups 

Modded servers crash more frequently that vanilla or servers with plugins. This is due to mods typically not being as optimized as plugins. 

Because of this, you should setup automatic backups of your server at least once per day. Doing this will give you a moment in time to return back to incase a mod on your server breaks or has issues and corrupts your work. 


⚒️ Ensuring Mods Work Together 

If you are downloading and installing your own mods, they will all need to work together properly. With modpacks, this is much less of a worry though. 

An example is that having more than one biome mod can cause neither of them to work. The same can be true for some tech mods. 

Other the other hand, many mods are built to work together and do so flawlessly.

The best way to test this is to try things out in single player world. If all things are working, the chance of them working on a server are higher. 

⚡ Install Spark 

It may seem a bit odd that we are recommending a specific mod, but Spark is a must have mod for modded servers

With it, you are able to run profiles to diagnose lag, see your server’s TPS, and see the CPU and RAM usage of your server. Without this data, figuring out lag issues can be extremely difficult. 


📈 Optimizing Your Server to Reduce Lag 

We have a complete article on reducing lag for modded Minecraft servers

Even if your server isn’t currently lagging, optimizing your server using our modded server optimization guide is a great way to ensure it won’t start lagging in the future. 

⚙️ Choosing The Right Modded Server Software 

There are two primary types of modded Minecraft server software - Forge and Fabric. Which one you choose depends more on the mods you want to use. 

You can think of each software type as an ecosystem, and while some mods support both, most mods only work on one. Thus, it’s important to see what your “must have” mods support, and go with that server software.


⛏️ Every Modpack is Different 

No two modpacks are the same. Why is this important? Well, as you gain experience hosting different modpacks, new issues will appear. 

The main reason for this is that every modpack has different mods that work together in different ways. It’s important to remember that every issue can be different and should be troubleshooted from the begging with modpacks. 


📅 Be Careful Updating Your Server 

Modded servers are the most difficult server type to update. For this reason, it’s important to always backup your server before updating, as it’s extremely common for modded servers to break during updates. 

Once you have made a backup, we do have a complete guide on updating a modded Minecraft server that you can checkout in order to try to make updating your modded server as smooth as possible.


🔥 Choose The Right Hardware 

Modded servers are extremely resource intensive. For this reason, it’s important to consider the mods and modpacks you are installing versus how much RAM the server has. 

Some modpacks can require 6GB of RAM to run effectively even with just a few players. Others, can run on 4GB without issues. If you have questions about specific modpacks, feel free to reach out to our support team for assistance.  


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