Quickstart: Run the Gate binary

This guide covers how you can quickly get started using Gate to create a sample Minecraft network to play on!


The following prerequisites are required to create a Minecraft network:

  • Install a Gate binary with these instructions
  • Java: You need a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version 8 or higher to run the Minecraft servers

For the purpose of this guide we’re going to use the simple-network example as a pre-configured Minecraft network.


  • Download the sample network
  • See configuration
  • Run Gate proxy
  • Run Minecraft servers


1. Download

Download Gate as a zip and extract the examples/simple-network directory.

2. Configuration

Being inside the examples/simple-network folder you see a config.yaml for Gate configuration.

# This is a simplified config where the rest of the
# settings are omitted and will be set by default.
onlineMode: true
  server1: localhost:25566
  server2: localhost:25567
  - server1
  - server2

Gate will listen for connection on all IPs on the host at port 25565 (default port) and register two servers that players can be redirected to.

Looking inside the server folders we:

  • set the server-port, online-mode=false and bungeecord=true
  • accept Mojang’s EULA

3. Running Gate

Make sure you have a terminal open inside the same path as the config.yaml and run the Gate binary with:

  • Windows: gate.exe
  • Linux: ./gate

(Append the -h flag to display help.)

4. Start Minecraft servers

In the same directory you find a server1 and server2 (folder names are not of importance).

Open a terminal for each server inside the appropriate directory and start the server jar:

  • Run: java -jar <server.jar>

The first start will generate all other files.

Now you can join localhost:25565 with the appropriate Minecraft client version and use the builtin /server command to switch your server!

Last modified September 20, 2020: add Minecraft 1.16.3 (717eae5)