How to change Minecraft server from 1.16.5 to 1.7

I recently set up a Minecraft server on Ubantu 20.04 before the 1.7 update and I can’t figure out to update it and would appreciate some help. Thank you.


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Hi @mingyeow,

I’m not entierly certain but previous versions were able to be updated using these steps:

  1. Go to your Minecraft folder on your Droplet.
  2. Create backups of your essential configuration files. Make copies of the following files into another location so that you can restore them after updating the server:
  • banned-ips.txt
  • banned-players.txt
  • ops.txt
  1. Copy your “world” folder
  2. Copy your start script of batch file.
  • If you use a script to start Minecraft, make a copy of it to another location. You can restore it later to easily start your server.
  1. Delete everything in the folder.
  • Once you’ve backed up your important files to another location, delete everything in your Minecraft Server folder. This will keep old files from causing problems with your new installation.
  1. Download the new server file from
  1. Copy the new server file into your Minecraft Server folder.
  2. Run the server file.
  • This will create the essential files for your Minecraft server
  1. Close the server.
  • As soon as the files are finished being created, close the server.
  1. Restore your backed up files.
  • Move your files, script, and “world” folder back into the Minecraft Server folder.
  1. Open the .eula.txt file.
  • Find the eula=false line and change it to eula=true. Save the file and exit the text editor.

That’s it, now you should have the latest version of Minecraft.

I’ll recommend creating a backup of your Droplet prior to starting this process.

Regards, KFSys