How Do You Make a Whitelisted Minecraft Server Private?


Heather Bennett

Are you looking to make your Minecraft server private and only allow specific players to join? Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to create a whitelisted Minecraft server that will keep unwanted players out and ensure a safe and enjoyable gaming experience for you and your chosen friends.

Step 1: Accessing Your Server Files

The first step is to access your Minecraft server files. You can do this by logging into your server hosting account or by locating the server files on your computer if you are hosting it locally. Once you have access to the files, locate the “” file and open it using a text editor of your choice.

Step 2: Enabling the Whitelist

To make your server private, you need to enable the whitelist feature. Look for the line that says “white-list=false” in the “” file and change it to “white-list=true“. This will activate the whitelist functionality on your server.


  • If you cannot find the “white-list=false” line in the file, simply add a new line with “white-list=true” at the end of the document.
  • If there is already a player whitelist created, make sure to remove any unwanted or outdated entries before proceeding further.

Step 3: Adding Players to the Whitelist

Now that you have enabled the whitelist, it’s time to add players who are allowed to join your private Minecraft server. To do this, locate the “whitelist.json” file in your server files directory and open it using a text editor.

Inside the “whitelist.json” file, you’ll see a list of players in the following format:

    "uuid": "player_uuid",
    "name": "player_name"
    "uuid": "player_uuid",
    "name": "player_name"

To add a player to the whitelist, insert a new entry in the format shown above. Replace player_uuid with the UUID (Universally Unique Identifier) of the player you want to add, and replace player_name with their Minecraft username.


  • The UUID can be obtained by using various online services or plugins specifically designed to retrieve Minecraft player UUIDs.
  • If you want to whitelist multiple players, simply repeat the above format for each additional player.

Step 4: Saving and Restarting Your Server

Once you have added all the desired players to your whitelist, save the changes made to both the “” and “whitelist.json” files. Afterward, restart your Minecraft server for these changes to take effect.

Congratulations! You have successfully made your Minecraft server private by enabling and configuring the whitelist functionality. Now only those players whose usernames are listed in the “whitelist.json” file can join your server.

Troubleshooting Tips:

  • If a whitelisted player is still unable to join your server, ensure that their Minecraft username is spelled correctly and that their UUID is accurate.
  • If you want to remove a player from the whitelist, simply delete their entry from the “whitelist.json” file, save the changes, and restart your server.
  • If you encounter any issues or have further questions, consult your server hosting provider’s documentation or support team for assistance.

Now that you have a private whitelisted Minecraft server, enjoy playing with your chosen friends in a safe and controlled environment!

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