Manage your minecraft server through a web interface

A friend of mine was setting up a Minecraft server and wanted some help on the back end, especially to ease the management of his server and this is how I found rfwadmin, a simple web interface to monitor and control a Minecraft server.



Rfwadmin, written in PHP, enable you to easily manage your Minecraft server and it is optimized to quickly restart with customs maps, mods, etc..

The web interface is pretty simple (and nothing fancy) but you will find it quite easy to use and understand.

For example, in few clicks, you are able to:

  • Control the server (start, stop, reload, kill,…)
  • Configure it (Name, difficulty, max players, server port, ….)
  • Upload maps and plugins (And restart the server with those)
  • Download and use specific Vanilla server version
  • Add some ops, white list, black list,…
  • Check the log
  • Run some command directly

Quite interesting isn’t it.

So now, let’s see how to install it.



1) Install git  and clone their repository

You can do it in the folder of your choice, with sudo (or root)

apt-get install git
git clone


2) Install some dependencies

Still in root, run

apt-get install tmux openjdk-7-jre libapache2-mod-php5 php5-curl wget zip unzip

Note that it will install OpenJDK (java)


3) Run their installer

They have made a simple installer that will download few others packages online and configure your server. To run it, simply type:

cd rfwadmin

This might take several minutes depending on your configuration.

At the end, it will share the password for the web-interface. Remember it or modify it here /var/www/html/rfwadmin/index.php


And that’s it… you are now able to connect to the web interface at http://yourIP/rfwadmin.

If you want to further tweak your server, I suggest you to check their official doc.


Loves to discover web-based apps to install on his own server@home and write articles about it


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It doesn't work at all. I had to edit the install code to bypass the existence of an server and then i run into more problems about missing miles.
Written on Sat, 11 Jan 2020 23:40:05 by Dragos