Minecraft includes an in-game server list for multiplayer in which users can save the servers they visit.
In Java Edition, there is no pre-populated server list directly available from in-game itself or on the official Minecraft website, but the stand-alone Java Edition launcher does support adding servers in the Multiplayer section. It allows players to see if a server is online, how many slots it has, and how good the player's connection (ping time) to the server is. Hovering over the connection status icon in Minecraft's server list tells the player the connection speed to the server.
When first loading up the multiplayer list, the player receives a warning regarding online play not being rated. If the player wishes not to see this again, there is a 'Do not show this screen again' checkbox.
In Bedrock Edition, the server list has a section for featured servers that have partnered with Mojang Studios. In the console versions, these are the only servers available, as there is no option to add unofficial servers.
Finding unofficial servers
Several websites provide a place for server owners to publicly advertise their servers, listing IP addresses and other information about these servers. There were two sites of note (both defunct): the official Classic server list maintained by Mojang Studios and the public server list at the Minecraft Forums. Since Minecraft Forums has shut down their public server list as of June 27th 2018 the only alternative to find Minecraft Servers to play on Java edition is through a public server list found online. There are many popular server lists that mirror how Minecraft Forums system worked when it was live.
In Java Edition, the servers appear on the list in a set order, which can be changed. To change the order the servers appear on the list, the player can hover over the server they like to move and use the arrows to move the server up or down on the list. Alternatively, the player can hold ⇧ Shift and use the arrow keys.
In Bedrock Edition, the servers are always in order.
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.8||Pre-release||Added server list.|
|Before, the multiplayer section did not support saving multiple servers and displayed only the last server visited. It was just a simple input prompt box for the server IP address/site.|
|The ability to save and view multiple servers has now been added to server lists.|
|1.3.2||release||It is now possible to hit F1 on the player's keyboard to hide/show server IPs in the server list.|
|1.4.2||?||The server list now shows the version of an outdated server.|
|The player can no longer attempt to connect to an outdated server via the server list menu.|
|1.7.2||13w41a||Added server icons to the server list.|
|The server list now lists the current players on a server when the player number is hovered over.|
|Support has now been added for multi-line MOTD comments for the server list.|
|Server IP is now always hidden in the server list, and "Polling..." is no longer shown.|
|1.8||14w02a||Server lists now show the server platform.|
|1.2.0||beta 126.96.36.199||Added a server list, with a section for featured servers.|
|beta 188.8.131.52||The option to add an external server to the list is not included in the console build.|
|1.16.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Server list UI has been updated.|