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Minetest (server) is a near-infinite-world block sandbox game and a game engine, inspired by InfiniMiner, Minecraft, and the like.



docker create \
  --name=minetest \
  -v <path to data>:/config/.minetest \
  -e PGID=<gid> -e PUID=<uid>  \
  -p 30000:30000/udp


Client and server must be the same version and to allow this you can choose one of the following tags in the following format


  • 0.4.13
  • 0.4.14
  • 0.4.15
  • 0.4.16

The default aka :latest builds whatever is the latest release at build time, from here.


The parameters are split into two halves, separated by a colon, the left hand side representing the host and the right the container side. For example with a port -p external:internal - what this shows is the port mapping from internal to external of the container. So -p 8080:80 would expose port 80 from inside the container to be accessible from the host's IP on port 8080 http://192.168.x.x:8080 would show you what's running INSIDE the container on port 80.

  • -p 30000/udp - the port(s)
  • -v /config/.minetest - where minetest stores config files and maps etc.
  • -e PGID for GroupID - see below for explanation
  • -e PUID for UserID - see below for explanation

It is based on alpine linux with s6 overlay, for shell access whilst the container is running do docker exec -it minetest /bin/bash.

User / Group Identifiers

Sometimes when using data volumes (-v flags) permissions issues can arise between the host OS and the container. We avoid this issue by allowing you to specify the user PUID and group PGID. Ensure the data volume directory on the host is owned by the same user you specify and it will "just work" ™.

In this instance PUID=1001 and PGID=1001. To find yours use id user as below:

  $ id <dockeruser>
    uid=1001(dockeruser) gid=1001(dockergroup) groups=1001(dockergroup)

Setting up the application

You can find the world maps, mods folder and config files in /config/.minetest.


  • Shell access whilst the container is running: docker exec -it minetest /bin/bash

  • To monitor the logs of the container in realtime: docker logs -f minetest

  • container version number

docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' minetest

  • image version number

docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' linuxserver/minetest


  • 08.08.18: Rebase to alpine 3.8, build from latest release tag instead of master.
  • 03.01.18: Deprecate cpu_core routine lack of scaling.
  • 08.12.17: Rebase to alpine 3.7.
  • 30.11.17: Use cpu core counting routine to speed up build time.
  • 26.05.17: Rebase to alpine 3.6.
  • 14.02.17: Rebase to alpine 3.5.
  • 25.11.16: Rebase to alpine linux, move to main repo.
  • 27.02.16: Bump to latest version.
  • 19.02.16: Change port to UDP, thanks to slashopt for pointing this out.
  • 15.02.16: Make minetest app a service.
  • 01.02.16: Add lua-socket dependency.
  • 06.11.15: Initial Release.