I'm setting up a minecraft server for just myself and friends. I'm using the official server (on windows) from minecraft.net I got it all up and working but I'm curious how to change the Server Name. It looks like before 1.8.1 you could just add server-name=my server to the server.properties file, but now that doesn't seem to work. Googling didn't seem to return any helpful results, is it possible to change the server name and not just the MoTD?

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    I believe thats set by the user that connects. You can change the MOTD, but not the server name. Commented May 7, 2015 at 16:55
  • Oh... Well, that's lame...
    – bwoogie
    Commented May 7, 2015 at 16:56

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There is no way of changing that. Users pick what they want that to say when they add it from the "add server" menu.

The MOTD ("Leg Day" in your example) is what you can change for everyone. You can find it in the server.properties file.

  • That, and the icon.
    – SF.
    Commented Sep 14, 2021 at 9:08

Sorry to say but that is only changeable by the user. The more gray text can be edited in the server.properties file, but not the area you have in the red box.


You will have to go to server.properties and change level-name:(serverName).

  • confirmed to be incorrect on the minecraft wikia. level-name changes the folder name, not the server, itself.
    – user106385
    Commented Oct 10, 2015 at 21:52

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