Minecraft server getting killed

May 12, 2014 2.5k views
I'm running my vanilla minecraft server on 512mb ram and me and 2 of my friends can play on it without any lag, but it keeps randomly shutting down like every hour and console gets freezed
2 Answers
Are you seeing any error messages? On a 512MB droplet, I'd hazard to guess that you are running out of memory. Even with only a few users, you'll be much better off with at least 1GB. You'll probably also want to add some swap:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/articles/how-to-add-swap-on-ubuntu-12-04
by Etel Sverdlov
Linux swaps allow a system to harness more memory than was originally physically available. Here's how to set up a linux swap file on Ubuntu 12.04
  • Even when i have 1GB swap enabled and am running a server with 256MB limit (-Xmx256M) it is still getting killed after a few days of working.

Thank yo so much! Had the same problem with NodeJS, NPM and Gulp being Killed. I was trying everything, when I found your reply and realized that I've forgot to configure swap!!

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