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Minecraft: Java Edition
Minecraft minigames server
Simon Collins-Laflamme
Philippe Touchette
Hypixel Inc.
Release date
13 April 2013 (9 years ago)
This article is about the Minecraft multiplayer server. For other uses, see Hypixel (disambiguation).

The Hypixel server's main lobby.

Hypixel (fully the Hypixel Network) is the biggest Minecraft: Java Edition multiplayer server, run by Hypixel Inc. Hypixel features dozens of different minigames on its server which cover many different play styles.


The first Hypixel logo, used until 2015.

Hypixel is the most popular multiplayer server for Minecraft: Java Edition, released in beta on 13 April 2013 by Simon Collins-Laflamme and Philippe Touchette.[1] Development of the server started around September 2012.[2]

The two originally created custom Minecraft adventure maps and uploaded them to their YouTube channel before creating the Hypixel server to showcase their creations. They then created small minigames for users to play while waiting to join the main adventure maps;[3] the first of which being Paintball. Many more minigames were created after many players started joining the server.[4]

On 28 October 2015, Hypixel released a Minecraft: Pocket Edition server in alpha which was developed under the codename "Bladestorm".[5] The server reached over 6 million registered accounts and 20 thousand concurrent users before being shut down on 31 March 2016.[6]

On 21 May 2017, Hypixel announced that they had partnered with NetEase, the publishers of Minecraft China, to release a version of Hypixel for the game in China.[7] On 13 April 2020, it was announced that Hypixel's Minecraft China server would be shutting down on 30 June 2020.[8]


Hypixel runs a highly modified version of the Spigot server software. The server uses two types of dedicated machines: one for small minigames (such as SkyWars and BedWars) and the other for larger games (such as UHC). Each dedicated machine runs 20 instances of minigame servers, while each large game gets 5 instances per machine.[9]

Hypixel uses a custom Slime file format as a replacement to Minecraft's default Anvil file format which contains fields and data unnecessary for the server, saving gigabytes of storage space. Additionally, HypixelBlocks3 is a caching system for storing information from Minecraft versions 1.9 and above. Hypixel uses SeaweedFS to store Slime files.[10]

Hypixel has used DDoS protection software Cloudflare Spectrum since April 2018 after being the victim of DDoS attacks.[11]

Hypixel has over 350 dedicated servers running the server network as of July 2017.[12]


Hypixel offers many different minigames, the most popular of which include SkyWars and BedWars. The server also features beta games in its prototype lobby where players can vote on which games they would like to see fully released.

List of current minigames
Name Release Date
SkyBlock 11 June 2019[13]
TowerWars 9 January 2019[14]
The Pit 26 February 2018[15]
Murder Mystery 20 February 2017[16]
Bed Wars 19 January 2017[17]
Duels 19 January 2017[17]
Speed UHC 23 June 2016[18]
Smash Heroes 11 January 2016[19]
Housing 24 September 2015[20]
SkyWars 14 June 2015[21]
Turbo Kart Racers 22 May 2015[22]
Build Battle 11 April 2015[23]
Warlords 21 February 2015[24]
UHC Champions 20 December 2014[25]
Cops and Crims 28 September 2014[26]
Arcade Games 26 June 2014[27]
Arena Brawl 3 March 2014[28]
Mega Walls 8 December 2013[29]
Tournament Mode 1 October 2013[30]
VampireZ 22 August 2013[31]
Blitz Survival Games 13 April 2013[1]
The Walls
Paintball Warfare
The TNT Games

Hytale server[]

The lobby of Hytale's equivalent of Hypixel.

The Hypixel server has been recreated in Hytale and features many of the same minigames, including SkyWars, BedWars, Survival Games, Build Battle, and more.


The server attracts around two million players each month.[32] Hypixel reached 10 million unique players in total in December 2016,[33] 15 million on 18 May 2019,[34] 18 million on 7 April 2020,[35] and 20 million on 16 September 2020,[36] which is over half of all Java Edition players. On 9 April 2020, Hypixel reached the milestone of having over 100,000 players on the server at once for the first time.[37] On 23 August 2020, the server reached its 111,000 concurrent players,[38] and the server's overall record for 2020 was 140 thousand players online at once.[39] Hypixel reached 200,000 concurrent users on 16 April 2020.[40]


Hypixel holds four Guinness World Records as of August 2017;[41] however, these figures are now outdated.

Record Value Date
Most popular independent server for a video game 64,533 concurrent players 7 July 2017
Most popular Minecraft server network
Most unique players logged in to a Minecraft server 11,982,298 total players 24 August 2017
Most games on a Minecraft server 43 minigames 11 August 2017



  1. a b "Official Hypixel Minecraft Server 1.5.2 (BETA)"Hypixel Forums, 13 April 2013.
  2. "Developers needed for the Hypixel server!" (archived) by Alexandercitt. Hypixel Forums, 23 September 2012.
  3. "First Look: Hytale is putting adventure and creativity at the heart of its ambitious block-building sandbox" by Jen Simpkins. GamesRadar+, 24 February 2020.
  4. "RPS Presents: The Story Of Hytale | Developer Sessions | EGX Rezzed 2019"– EGX on YouTube, 6 April 2019
  5. "Hypixel: Pocket Edition Launch" by hypixel. Hypixel Forums, 28 October 2015.
  6. "An Update on Hypixel Pocket Edition Server" by NoxyD. Hypixel Forums, 28 September 2017.
  7. "Hypixel is coming to China" by hypixel. Hypixel Forums, 21 May 2017.
  8. "Hypixel中国版服务器停止运营公告" ["Announcement about the suspension of the Hypixel China Edition server"] – mc.163.com, 13 April 2020.
  9. "Dev Blog #6 - Keeping up with the Masses" by erosemberg. Hypixel Forums, 19 August 2019.
  10. "Dev Blog #5: Storing your SkyBlock island" by Minikloon. Hypixel Forums, 24 July 2019.
  11. "Internet security expert links massive botnet DDoS attacks to Minecraft disputes" – PC Gamer.
  12. "What are Hypixel Admins even working on?" (comment) by Simon Collins-Laflamme. Hypixel Forums, 15 July 2017. "There are over 350 dedicated servers"
  13. "New Prototype Game - Hypixel SkyBlock" – Hypixel Forums, 11 June 2019.
  14. "New PTL Game: TowerWars" – Hypixel Forums, 9 January 2019.
  15. "New PTL Game - The Hypixel Pit" – Hypixel Forums, 26 February 2018.
  16. "New PTL Game - Murder Mystery" – Hypixel Forums, 20 February 2017.
  17. a b "The Prototype Lobby (PTL) is now live! Help us playtest cool new stuff" – Hypixel Forums, 19 January 2017.
  18. "New Game! Speed UHC" – Hypixel Forums, 23 June 2016.
  19. "Hypixel's Smash Heroes is NOW LIVE!" – Hypixel Forums, 11 January 2016.
  20. "Housing has Launched!" – Hypixel Forums, 24 September 2015.
  21. "New Game! SkyWars" – Hypixel Forums, 14 June 2015.
  22. "Welcome to Turbo Kart Racers!" – Hypixel Forums, 22 May 2015.
  23. "New Featured Arcade Game: Build Battle!" – Hypixel Forums, 11 April 2015.
  24. "Warlords Open Beta" – Hypixel Forums, 21 February 2015.
  25. "UHC Champions" – Hypixel Forums, 20 December 2014.
  26. "Cops and Crims" – Hypixel Forums, 28 September 2014.
  27. "The Arcade Games are now Public Beta!" – Hypixel Forums, 26 June 2014.
  28. "Minecraft: ARENA BRAWL! (BRAND NEW PVP Mini-Game)"– AntVenom on YouTube, 3 March 2014
  29. "Mega Walls public BETA" – Hypixel Forums, 8 December 2013.
  30. "Introducing Tournament Tokens" – Hypixel Forums, 1 October 2013.
  31. "UPDATE: Every Game's Release Date" – Hypixel Forums, 4 July 2020.
  32. "The Future Of Minecraft's Biggest Server" by Alex Wiltshire. Rock Paper Shotgun, 15 September 2015.
  33. "The Uncertain Future of Minecraft's Independent Servers" by Robert Guthrie. Kotaku.
  34. "A few hours ago, we hit a record 15 Million unique logins on the Hypixel Server. We would like to thank every one of our players for all these wonderful years!"@hypixelnetwork on Twitter, 18 May 2019
  35. "We just hit 18,000,000 unique players on the Hypixel Minecraft server!
    That means about 52% of people who bought Minecraft java edition manually typed the address and logged on the server😮
    Thank you all for this opportunity, I am still working hard like day 1. Love you all ❤️" – @Simon_Hypixel on Twitter, 7 April 2020
  36. "Congratulations everyone! The Hypixel Server has had 20 MILLION unique players join the server! This literally couldn't be done without you, so thank you for playing with us here at Hypixel! 🥳"@HypixelNetwork on Twitter, 16 September 2020
  37. "We made it to 100k peak players before some stuff exploded, gg everyone!
    We can hold about 92k stable but couldn't resist the 100k meme and pushed as far as we could with current hardware.
    Thanks all! My twitter feed is full of 100k screenshots, hype!"
    @Simon_Hypixel on Twitter, 9 April 2020
  38. "111k peak player count today, nice"@Simon_Hypixel on Twitter, 23 August 2020
  39. "2020 Roundup - Generate your unique stats on Hypixel" by Connor Linfoot. Hypixel Forum, 27 December 2020.
  40. "7 months ago, we set a goal of 200,000 concurrent players in a tweet and today we hit over 216,000! Thank you all for your support, we got big things for you all in the coming months
    This week also marks the 8th anniversary of the server, happy "birthday" everyone!"
    @Simon_Hypixel on Twitter, 16 April 2021
  41. "It's Official - Hypixel holds 4 Guinness World Records" – Hypixel.net.

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