There are a lot of servers available for Minecraft multiplayer. Each one is a unique experience that allows players to join a community and make friends. Dozens of websites list hundreds of pages of servers that can be joined by anyone with an internet connection. There is a server for just about every kind of gameplay and community imaginable.
This list provides ten of the best and most popular servers currently running for Minecraft multiplayer. We have picked out servers that are unique for the game and give players lots of freedom to play and explore. These servers have thriving communities that anyone can join and have commonsense rules that need to be followed to play.
All of these servers are up-to-date as of Minecraft Java Edition version 1.16.5.
Average Online Player Count: 500
We cannot express how incredible this server is. It may not be as big as some of the other servers, but from its beautiful custom texture pack to the unique game modes it features, MineVille is unlike any other Minecraft server out there. Play with friends or alone in one of two unique versions of Skyblock: One with a water theme and one with a fire theme. It has an active survival server called Kingdom Survival and will be introducing Empire Survival, another variant soon. It also features an amazing Among Us clone called imposter that truly feels like you are playing a first-person among us game. It also has a Prison game called Asgard Prison and a newly integrated Anarchy server. There are 6 portals marked ‘coming soon.’ We are already impressed, and it seems that so much more is to come.
Average Online Player Count: 2,500
Ever wanted Minecraft to be transformed entirely into a fantasy MMORPG? Grinding, dungeons, resource gathering, stories, NPCs, and quests. Team up with friends in guilds and fight bosses, and explore a grand universe of fantastical towns, cities, and more. The server is structured in the style of a giant adventure map and will not have much building. You can, however, choose your class and craft your gear and weapons.
Average Online Player Count: 150,000
Hypixel is steadily going to make it on just about every top 10 list out there, and for a good reason. It’s the biggest Minecraft server out there, and really it has set the standard in so many ways. In general, Minecraft servers that are active have somewhere between 300 and 9,000 players online at a time. Hypixel is the only server out there that regularly has 6 digits of players online. Play a bunch of different major games like BedWars, SkyWars, VampireZ, Paintball Warfare, and an arcade full of smaller minigames. You will never be bored on this server, and it almost stands on its own as its own game.
Average Online Player Count: 1,500
Complex Gaming is a true hub for Pixelmon, the Pokémon-inspired Minecraft mod. They have subsects of the server inspired by several different Pokémon games, from Pokémon Red through Pokémon Platinum. To play Pixelmon, you will be to have the Pixelmon mod for Minecraft. That said, unlike most Pixelmon servers, there are a bunch of other game modes on the server that do not requires players to install any mods, like the standard Skyblock, Survival, Factions, Creative, and Prison.
Average Online Player Count: 300
Originally known as ‘The Mining Dead,’ Havoc MC is the server to go to if you want to find yourself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse survival game. Their game based on the AMC television show The Walking Dead is the main draw to the server. It has PvE, but you can also choose to team up with friends or fight other players in PvP. That said, it is not the only game on there anymore (thus the renaming). There is now Towny and Warzone, and two more games are coming soon: Mine Wars (a Star Wars inspired game currently in exclusive beta to premium members) and Craft Theft Auto.
Average Online Player Count: 750
Some players may argue that Datblock doesn’t really deserve a spot on this list, and they may not be wrong, as it’s a pretty standard server. It gets a pretty good pool of online players each day, but the game modes are all pretty standard. It did make the list because it’s just a good, steady place to play factions. There aren’t so many players on at a time that it becomes impossible to get started, but there are enough players that you still need to be cautious and careful about where and when you claim and build. Other than factions, Datblock also has basic draws like creative and survival and its own unique PvP game called Datearth.
Average Online Player Count: 3,000
If you are looking for a solid, extremely active minigame server, The Hive is the server for you. This server has been around since early 2013 and has since remained a low-key staple of online Minecraft play. It has remained up-to-date and active all of this time, and they are always updating features and adding new games like BedWars, BlockParty, and Hide and Seek. This server also has the Bukkit plugin featuring the Meowball. You can use a customized Blaze Rod called a FunGun that shoots out snowballs that explode into flames, and hearts will have the ‘meow’ sound effect on impact known as Meowballs. While it’s not hard to install meowballs on your server, this is the biggest server that allows it for all players. Throw them in the air, or at your friends, or anywhere you want to in the main server hub.
Average Online Player Count: 200
Ever wish that Minecraft was actually a tower defense game? You can explore what that would look like on the Fallen Kingdom Minecraft server. Inspired by the Fallen Kingdom universe, created by popular YouTuber Jordan Maron (CaptainSparklez), this server allows you to choose your kingdom’s colors and build different raid paths. One downside is that you have to choose whether you are a King or a Queen, making it both unwelcome to nonbinary players and awkward for players who may share an account with a person or people of different genders. Hopefully, a third ‘Royal’ option will be added in the future, but the game itself is well made and a lot of fun. The lower player count isn’t a worry either, since the entire server is just one game.
Average Online Player Count: 5,000
If you are looking for a bigger, active server, but Hypixel is just too much for you, Cubecraft is a fantastic alternative. Its custom texture pack has slick designs for the lobby, and all the game modes can be selected from a section the is reminiscent of a retro game arcade. It features games like Lucky Islands, CTF, and its own original take on the Among Us/hidden role style game called Among Slimes. Note that this game mode is unique to CubeCraft, different than the Imposter game on MineVille. This server is usually in the top 5 most active servers in the world.
Average Online Player Count: 2,500
At a glance, ManaCube may just seem like another rather active minigame server, but its biggest pull by far is actually its Parkour. Its Parkour section alone, on average, has around 750 players in it, as active as some other servers are as a whole. There are over 1000 Parkour course total and vary from easy maps all the way up to near impossible ones. Only 42 maps are VIP only, and the server also has Dropper, which falls into a similar category. It should be said that the one downside to ManaCube is it can be glitchy at times, more so than the rest of the servers on this list. That said, the content within was too good to pass up on.