minectl ๐Ÿ—บ: Running a modded LuckyBlocks Minecraft Server on budget ๐Ÿ’ฐ - Scaleway Edition


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In this tutorial, we want to run a Minecraft Forge Server with the Lucky Block plugin installed.

The best part: Everything on a budget.

Lucky Block


I like Lucky Block, its fun to play and you never know what will happen, if you open a Lucky Block

Originally created in 2015, the Lucky Block is a mod for Minecraft which has since gained over 5 million users. The mod adds a new block to the game which produces random outcomes, as well as items such as the lucky sword, bow and potion. Additionally, the mod can be customized with hundreds of community add-ons.

See github.com/alexsocha/luckyblock for details.

RAM consumption and Minecraft.

A rule of thumb is. Every 1GB of RAM enables you around ~10-15 Slots for players to join.

Also, we need an eye on the amount of plugins, we are going to use. Mods and Plugins can really can have a bad impact on your server performance.

So a rough table could look like this:


Scaleway instances

Scaleway is the rising star in the European Cloud provider market.

What I like on Scaleway, apart may other things, is that they are Green from the start.

the most environmentally efficient and transparent cloud worldwide

Scaleway has this amazing DEV1-S in their offering.

2 vCPU, 2 GB of RAM, 1 IPv4 address, 20B of local storage

For whopping โ‚ฌ0.01/hour (~ $0,012/hour) you get enough power, for a small server. Perfect for a little play with friends.



You need a valid SSH keypair. Generate it with following command:

ssh-keygen -t rsa -f scaleway-ssh

Let us build the parts, so we can deploy our Lucky Block server

The minectl ServerManifest for Scaleway DEV1-S and Forge looks like this:

apiVersion: ediri.io/minectl/v1alpha1
kind: MinecraftServer
  name: minecraft-server
    cloud: scaleway
    region: fr-par-1
    size: DEV1-S
    ssh: "scaleway-ssh"
    port: 25565
      openjdk: 8
      xmx: 1G
      xms: 1G
        password: stardust
        port: 25575
        enabled: true
        broadcast: true
    edition: forge
    version: 1.16.5-36.2.0
    eula: true
    properties: |
      motd=\u00A75Scalway \u00A7lSTARDUST \u00A7rMinecraft -- \u00A76Forge \u00A7redition with \u00A7eLucky Block

Save this to scaleway.yaml

Export the keys as ENV variables:

export ACCESS_KEY=xxx
export SECRET_KEY=yyy

Now we can launch our instance via minectl

minectl create -f stardust.yaml

Hold on, this can take a while. As minectl is compiling the Forge server from scratch.

Wait until you can see the server in your Minecraft Launcher:


Don't mind the version error. We come back later.

Add the Luck Block plugin. Go to the Download and download your version of Lucky Block.

In above case, I am downloading the 1.16.5-1 version.

After this we can use minectl to upload the jar to the /minecraft/mods folder

minectl plugins -f scaleway.yaml --id d62a5331-a6e8-4a92-b1d2-c84800b822e0 --plugin luckyblock-1.16.5-1-forge.jar --destination /minecraft/mods

Minecraft Client

Download the Forge installer, again we use version 1.16.5 - 36.2.0and run it:

java -jar forge-1.16.5-36.2.0-installer.jar

Select the Install client and point the Folder to location of your Minecraft client.


Copy the luckyblock-1.16.5-1-forge.jar you downloaded for the server to the mods folder in your client directory.

cp luckyblock-1.16.5-1-forge.jar /Users/dirien/Library/Application Support/minecraft/mods/luckyblock-1.16.5-1-forge.jar

Start your Minecraft client

You should have now following item selectable in the Launcher:


Select the forge item and press Play

Now the Server in the list is good to go.


To see some Lucky Block, I switched to creative mode and placed some blocks by hand. To do this I use a RCON client, to give my user Admin rights.


๐ŸŽŠ That's it, have fun...

More details and install instructions -> minectl ๐Ÿ—บ

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