How much RAM do you need for a Minecraft Server?

As the Minecraft game evolves, it's crucial to determine the right RAM allocation for your server, especially considering player count and potential plugins.

Koby Pierce
Koby Pierce
09/17/20233 min read


As the Minecraft game has evolved, newer versions have become more resource-intensive, making the decision of RAM allocation for your server more critical than ever. In this guide, we provide insights into how much RAM you might need based on player count and potential plugin considerations.

How Much RAM Do You Need?

When considering how much RAM is needed for a Minecraft server, especially for versions like 1.20, a general guideline has emerged from various sources:

  • For a server with 5-7 players, around 3-4GB of RAM is typically recommended.
  • A good rule of thumb is to allocate approximately 500MB per player.

Hybrid Hosting's Recommendations

RAMRecommended PlayersServer SoftwarePlugins/Mods
4GB5 to 8 players1.20, PaperNone
8GB8 to 16 players1.20, PaperNone
16GB16 to 32 players1.20, PaperNone

Impact of Plugins on RAM

While the base game requires a specific amount of RAM per player, introducing plugins and mods can increase the required resources. As a general estimate, for every 10-15 plugins added, consider allocating an additional 1GB of RAM. Some plugins may be more resource-intensive than others, so it's essential to monitor server performance after introducing new elements.

In Conclusion

Choosing the right amount of RAM for your server is crucial to ensure smooth gameplay and a lag-free experience. With Hybrid Hosting, you receive not only top-tier server hardware but also a team dedicated to supporting your Minecraft hosting journey. For further assistance or tailored solutions, feel free to reach out to us at

Wishing you endless adventures in your Minecraft world!