How to get server world seed?


Each Minecraft world is unique. This is because each world has a unique seed which is placed into a generation algorithm when the world is created, using perlin noise to ensure randomness. Knowing the seed is powerful as players can recreate the world and search for potential loot and structures.

This means that players wanting to have an edge over their competition on multiplayer servers could potentially use the world seed to search for amazing places to loot.

Commands to get the seed of a multiplayer Minecraft world

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Players can use an effortless command to see the seed of the world you are currently in. Players will first need to open the Minecraft console. You can either open a chat and type can do this in a slash, which will let Minecraft know that the following text is a command, or press the slash key, which will open a text box with the slash already inside.

From there, players will need to type in the command. The command is “/seed” and will then display the world seed in the player’s chat, where they can copy and paste it into a document to keep track of it.

The biggest downside to this method is that players can only do this with admin privileges on the server, so most players won’t have access to it on more popular servers.

Use Alternate Launchers

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If a player finds themselves at a dead end with all the methods mentioned so far, but are still determined to access the world seed, there is an additional option. This involves using a mod to download the world file, running the world as a single player world with cheats enabled, and using the /seed command from there.

Step 1: The most popular launcher players could use for this method is the MultiMC launcher. Players must first navigate to the download section of the MultiMC website and download the launcher.

2nd step: Players should then extract the files from the downloaded zip file.

Step 3: Open the extracted folder and run the MultiMC.exe file.

Step 4: Follow the installation wizard prompts, selecting the Java version and allocating at least four gigabytes of RAM.

Step 5: Now players will need to install the world download mod. This can be done via MultiMC. Players should click on the “New Instance” button, a white rectangle that sits under a yellow circle with a star in the middle.

Step 6: Set a name for the instance and make sure the mod and Minecraft versions match. Then click OK.

Step 7: Click on the button to modify the instance, then press the “Add to Minecraft.jar” option before confirming the action and selecting the zip file for the global download mod.

Step 8: Double-click on the file with the name defined in step six to launch the modified version of Minecraft.

Step 9: Join the server to download the world from, pause Minecraft and use the “Download this world” button to start collecting world information. Browse at least a few different songs before stopping the download.

Step 10: Open the downloaded single player world and use the /seed command to get the seed. It should be noted that this method is not guaranteed to yield the correct seed. Additionally, some servers consider using alternative hack launchers and may even ban a player caught using one, so this method carries considerable risk.

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An example of a server spawn area, where players can find server admin contact details (Image via Minecraft)
An example of a server spawn area, where players can find server admin contact details (Image via Minecraft)

As mentioned in the commands section, most players cannot use the /seed command to view the world seed, as admin privileges are required to use the command. This means that most players won’t have any real opportunity to see the world seed in Minecraft itself.

This means that players who want the world seed will have a major option. It will be a matter of contacting the administrators of the server and requesting the seed, since only they will have access to the command that displays it.

Any player seeking to contact the administrators of a server requesting the world seed should only do so once, as contacting them multiple times to request this information could easily be construed as harassment and could result in blocks or bans of server. Players should also make sure to be courteous and respectful in their messages.

Why Servers Might Hide Their World Seed

An example of a chunked basemap and the information players can glean from it (Image via:)
An example of a chunked basemap and the information players can glean from it (Image via:)

Lots of valuable information can be found in a world seed. Players can use websites and seeds to see the entire world, including biomes and structures, making it easier to find places that might have good loot. Players can also load the world seed into creation to search for ores and see which structures have good loot.

Knowing the world seed could actually give players a massive unfair advantage that many servers will want to avoid for server balance.

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