I am currently playing a server with my friends on the new Minecraft snapshot and I constantly have to update it because they release a new snapshot often. I was wondering if it was possible for every time I start the Minecraft server that it checks for a new version. If there is a new version, it downloads it and restarts the server.

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    You would need to know some programming but yes it is possible. I'm not posting this as an answer because I don't know exactly how, I'm just stating that it is in fact possible. Best of luck to you. Commented Aug 8, 2014 at 20:05
  • Like @BakedPotato said, a short script would be needed. However, with that being said, this is actually a fairly simple project. I gaurentee you that with a little research/ effort you could do it. Its a great project to learn some programming, which is a useful skill to have. Commented Feb 19, 2016 at 2:59
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    @BakedPotato fairly simple actually. Java (language that MC is written in) has a library with a FileUtils class which can retrieve files from the internet. You can then programatically copy it over to the directory of the server. Then it has a Process class which can execute EXEs. Very easy. Commented Feb 19, 2016 at 3:01
  • Iramos, if you are interested, I'd be happy to write you the java code that can do it. It is quite simple. It would probably take me 1-3 days though since I'm very busy tomorrow/saturday. Commented Feb 19, 2016 at 4:11

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You can use McSvSnapshotUpdater to accomplish this, you can download it here.

Once you download it, you can extract the files in the zip file to the server directory, then every time you launch it, it'll update the file "minecraftsnapshotserver.jar" to the latest version.

If you launch the server through a bat file, you can edit it to look like this, and everytime you launch it, it'll check for updates and download the newest version (if there is any) and will launch that:

title run-minecraft
java -Xms1024M -Xmx2048M -jar minecraftsnapshotserver.jar nogui

Or if you want to rename the server before running it, (replace newnameoffile with what you want)

title run-minecraft
if exist newnameoffile.jar del newnameoffile.jar
ren minecraftsnapshotserver.jar newnameoffile.jar
java -Xms1024M -Xmx2048M -jar newnameoffile.jar nogui

Disclaimer: This software is developed, maintained and published by me.

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    It was fun developing this.
    – ave
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 19:07
  • @ardaozkai nice. Did you use apache commons-io? Also, if its open source I'd love to see the git link. Commented Feb 19, 2016 at 4:33
  • @AshwinGupta I used C# here, but I'm considering rewriting it as a small python file too. However the code should be mono compatible already, so rewriting won't help much.
    – ave
    Commented Feb 19, 2016 at 5:57
  • Eww c# :P! No JK. I'll write a java version for this because I actually need it for myself. I'll credit your project though as the inspiration. Commented Feb 19, 2016 at 5:59

Sadly, not without some programming. You have to manually go to minecraft.net and download the latest server.

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