Minecraft's future is bright.

Meet Glowstone. It's open, fast, and compatible.

Glowstone is a completely open source Minecraft server that doesn't rely on any of Mojang's code - meaning we're free to develop for your needs, and you're free to change it however you want.


The APIs you know and love

Just because Glowstone is original doesn't mean it can't be familiar.

Use or code Bukkit plugins and they'll work natively with Glowstone, and enjoy first-class Bukkit2Sponge support for your Sponge powered plugins.

Learn more

Simplicity is the mother of performance

Glowstone's simplicity affords it a performance improvement over CraftBukkit and other servers.

By design, our code is simple and doesn't have to work around the official Minecraft server in order to improve performance or functionality.

Benchmarks (Soon)

Any way you want it

Glowstone is open source and community centric.

Anyone can work on Glowstone, so it reflects what our community wants. And, with Glowstone's MIT license, you can modify it to suit your server's needs. Don't know code? Provide your input in the design process!

How to help


How to use
Glowstone is a standalone Java server executable. You can run it from your terminal:
java -Xms512M -Xmx1G -XX:+UseConcMarkSweepGC -jar glowstone.jar

You can read more about the installation instructions here.

Latest version

Download for 1.10.2


Bleeding-edge builds for Minecraft snapshots for the next major release.
View the source here.

Download for 16w38a

Previous versions

These versions are no longer supported or developed. They may lack important fixes and features.

Previous Minecraft versions (not recommended)

Download for 1.9.x Download for 1.8.9

Legacy versions (not recommended)

Legacy builds dating from the pre-Glowstone++ repository.

Download for 1.7.9 Download for 1.7.2

CI Builds

The latest Glowstone builds from our build server.