My kids and I are trying to determine the issue with Minecraft server not saving worlds on reboot.

If we log off and log back in, any progress is still present, but if I reboot the machine, the world is reset.

It seems like this might be a permissions issue as I have encountered a few with setting up the MC server, but I don't have enough MC experience to know if this is expected behavior.

Do I need to set up some type of tear-down script to save progress or is there a way to elegantly shutdown the MC server before the machine powers off?

MC 1.9.4. There is a user minecraft and a systemd service to start the server on boot that I set up based on a tutorial. Other than that, it's more or less out of the box.


You need to tell the Minecraft server to actually save the world state before you shut the machine hosting it down. The Minecraft console command for this is save-all.

  • Hi, thanks for your answer. I tried /save-all and got a success message, but after reboot, any progress that was made was lost. For example, any structures build will be gone. When saving, what should be updating so I can see if any files change during the save? – Jason May 14 '16 at 1:38
  • Your question might be better served by a gaming SE site, or a Minecraft-specific support venue. – DopeGhoti May 14 '16 at 4:02
  • Your tip was helpful and got me on the right path, good enough for an answer. I ended up determining somewhere the permissions must've been wrong so I deleted the directory and started over. Made the minecraft user own everything from the start and set all permissions to 764 and now it all works. Thanks again. – Jason May 14 '16 at 18:18
  • Glad you're up and running! – DopeGhoti May 14 '16 at 23:34

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