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The best Minecraft servers

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Looking for the best Minecraft servers to join? We've rounded up a list of some of the best servers around no matter what kind of play style you're into. The best Minecraft survival servers can offer you new challenges if you've mastered going solo. Meanwhile Minecraft PvP servers, roleplay servers, creative servers, and competitive servers will test your other skills. There's plenty of variety here no matter what kind of Minecraft server community you and your friends are looking to join.

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Minecraft servers are the single best way of seeing the ingenuity that Minecraft's community has. Whether it's outwitting your friends in a collection of clever mini-games, or going on an epic adventure around Middle-earth, Minecraft servers provide more than what the base game can offer, and all from the minds of an active and creative community.

Joining a server with a  group of your friends is nice and simple. Boot up Minecraft like you normally would, type the name of the server as the title, then type or Ctrl+V the IP address into the box below (we've bolded each server's IP in each entry so you can't miss it). Save it, click play, and you’re good to go. Some of the prettier servers may ask that you download resource and texture packs, and you can find out how to install them with our best Minecraft texture packs guide.

We've updated this list for 2021 with the very best Minecraft servers that the community has to offer.

Mineplex

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IP Address: us.mineplex.com or pe.mineplex.com

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.  

PirateCraft

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IP Address: mc.piratemc.com 

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. 

Herobrine.org

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IP Address: Herobrine.org

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.

WesterosCraft

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IP Address: mc.westeroscraft.com

Game of Thrones is over now, and whether you liked or loathed the ending, you’re probably hungry for more. Well, hunger no longer, and feast yourself on this WesterosCraft. While it’s not finished, it’s still going to provide a nice rush for those who want to try their hand at being King for a day. We’ve yet to see whether or not you can pet the Direwolves though…

ImagineFun

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IP Address: mc.imaginefun.net

The ImagineFun Minecraft server is Minecraft's most realistic Disneyland park, and it's beyond impressive. All the park's main areas—Fantasyland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Critter Country, and Adventureland—have been created block by block and this includes all the rides too. And get this—you can ride all of them.

Pixelmon Generations 

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Pixelmon Generations is a Minecraft mod, but it's spawned a whole bunch of Pokemon-related servers, including PokeSaga, PokeZone, Pixelmon Harmony 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.

Autcraft

IP Address: mc.autcraft.com

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.  

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Hypixel

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IP Address: mc.hypixel.net

Hypixel is another 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. 

Minecraft Middle-earth 

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Build IP Address: build.mcmiddleearth.com
PvP and Event IP Address: pvp.mcmiddleearth.com

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.

The Mining Dead

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IP Address: hub.havocmc.net

What’s the one thing missing from Minecraft? Guns! Although that’d just make it Fortnite, wouldn’t it? Either way, if you’re a fan of The Walking Dead TV show or comic, The Mining Dead is a great opportunity to take in all the famous sights as you’re scrambling to find weapons, ammo, and generally anything to help fend off the undead. And because of the voxel stylings of Minecraft, there’s a faint whiff of Goldeneye 64 to the whole thing.

The Lord of the Craft

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IP Address: mc.lotc.co

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.

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Grand Theft Minecart 

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IP Address: mc-gtm.net

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.

Arkham Network

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IP Address: mc.arkhamnetwork.org

Fancy donning a cape while shouting “You have failed this city!”? Maybe you’re an anarchist looking to watch the world burn? Whichever side you choose to join, the Arkham Network has a comic-book world that’s just begging to be explored. And griefed, obviously. There are also a host of different day jobs for making coin, and a wealth of game modes to participate in. One of the key rules of this server is to make friends, and fast. You’ll need them.

Extreme Craft

IP Address: play.extremecraft.net

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.

Potter World MC

IP Address: play.potterworldmc.com

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.