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Server Types

There are many server types available. Here is a quick rundown of all of them.

Plugin Servers

Name Description Extra Info Project Homepage Project Download Easy Download
CraftBukkit Allows plugins to be uploaded. Deprecated, not recommended https://bukkit.org https://bukkit.gamepedia.com/FAQ#Where_can_I_get_it.3F https://getbukkit.org/download/craftbukkit
Spigot Allows plugins to be uploaded. Fork of Bukkit. Still actively developed. https://spigotmc.org https://hub.spigotmc.org/jenkins/job/BuildTools/ https://getbukkit.org/download/spigot
Paper Allows plugins to be uploaded. Fork of Spigot with extra performance and features. Recommended, still actively developed. https://papermc.io https://papermc.io/downloads

Proxy / Network

Name Description Extra Info Project Homepage Project Download Easy Download
BungeeCord Allows only proxy plugins to be uploaded. Actively developed by the authors of Spigot. https://www.spigotmc.org/wiki/about-bungeecord/ https://ci.md-5.net/job/BungeeCord/ https://ci.md-5.net/job/BungeeCord/lastStableBuild/artifact/bootstrap/target/BungeeCord.jar
Waterfall Allows only proxy plugins to be uploaded. Fork of BungeeCord with extra performance and features. Recommended, actively developed by the authors of Paper. https://github.com/PaperMC/Waterfall/blob/master/README.md#waterfall https://papermc.io/downloads#Waterfall

Other

Name Description Extra Info Project Homepage Project Download Easy Download
Vanilla The same as a standard singleplayer world, but allowing others to play with you. No mods/plugins. https://minecraft.net https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server https://getbukkit.org/download/vanilla
Forge Allows mods to be uploaded. https://minecraftforge.net https://files.minecraftforge.net