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Best Server Utility Mods for Minecraft (Fabric)

Fabric mods that help with server management or improves performance!
howchoo   (467)
September 27, 2023
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The variety of mods available for Minecraft is just as vast as the worlds within the game itself. Most likely, any mod you could want or dream of has already been developed. As an avid Minecraft player, I’ve recently become obsessed with Fabric Minecraft mods and run a survival multiplayer server (SMP)!

This guide will go through mods available for Fabric Minecraft multiplayer servers that add tools for server management or improves performance. The following list includes not just one type of mod, but a large variety. So whether you’re hosting a server that’s PVP or casual, you’ll find something for any type of Minecraft player!

If you’re interested in more mods for Minecraft, check out the Minecraft Forge interest!

Note that at the game versions available may change since the time of publishing. Most photos were taken using BSL Shaders and Optifine in 1.16.5.

1 – Xaero’s Minimap and World Map

By xaero96

Game Versions: 1.12, 1.14, 1.15, 1.16, 1.17

These are two mods I’ve grouped together for obvious reasons. This is an easy to use, completely customizable minimap that also benefits from the larger World Map mod, but doesn’t require it. It has an infinite amount of waypoints and integrates with the Waystones mod. It also displays dots for various items or entities on the map. I highly recommend these mods and use them frequently in my own playthrough.

2 – Spark

By Iucko

Game Versions: 1.12, 1.15, 1.16, 1.17

Spark is a mod made for Minecraft to monitor and report on performance. It has a CPU profiler, inspects memory usage and issues, and even server health reporting. All you need to do is install it and use commands to get whatever information you want!

3 – WorldEdit

By k89q

Game Versions: 1.12, 1.14, 1.15, 1.16, 1.17

If there’s ever a mod that server admins need to learn, it’s WorldEdit. My entire gameplay and building has changed since learning to just the basics of WorldEdit. This is the best Minecraft map editor mod out there. Change the landscape, copy or paste blocks, import schematics, and so much more. It’s the best mod to use when wanting to build a world spawn area in a server.

4 – Origins

By Apace100

Game Versions: 1.16, 1.17

The Origins mod changes the gameplay of a world by having the player choose a character origin at the beginning of the game. Each origin has its own abilities and weaknesses that affect how they’ll play Minecraft. For example, the Avian origin moves quicker and has slow falling, but can’t eat meat or sleep at low altitudes. The Fabric version has many more add-ons than the Forge alternative. A few are Mob OriginsClasses, and Expanded Origins!

5 – OptiFabric

By Chocohead

Game Versions: 1.14, 1.15, 1.16, 1.17

An essential mod for a server, OptiFabric enables the use of Optifine for players. Without it, no one will be able to use shaders and have those beautiful screenshots to share!

6 – Simple Voice Chat

By henkelmax

Game Versions: 1.15, 1.16, 1.17

This is a must-have for servers that want to foster community as well as exploration. This adds a proximity chat to the server, which can be set for push to talk or voice activation. It’s completely configurable for volume control, and you can even test your microphone with a playback feature to make sure the quality is good.

7 – Feed the Beast Mods

I’ve bundled all the Feed the Beast (FTB) mods together because they’re great as a package and tend to rely on one another for full functionality. They’re what I currently use for a modded Minecraft server! My main complaint, however, is the lack of accurate documentation for some mods. Just something to keep in mind for consideration.

FTB Backups
Game Versions: 1.12, 1.14, 1.15, 1.16
Provides a configurable backup system for servers and creates them only when players are online to save space from clutter!

FTB Quests
Game Versions: 1.12, 1.15, 1.16
For those that want a server with quests, this is a great mod to have. It makes it easy to create custom quests for players.

FTB Chunks
Game Versions: 1.15, 1.16
This mod comes with its own world map and minimap. More importantly, it allows for players to claim chunks. Only those the player allies with will be able to interact or affect blocks in the claimed area. I highly recommend using in conjunction with FTB Teams for full functionality.

FTB Teams
Game Versions: 1.15, 1.16
This mod adds the ability for teams to be made. On its own, it’s not very impressive, but matched with FTB Chunks and FTB Quests, servers run smoothly.

FTB Ultimine
Game Versions: 1.12, 1.15, 1.16
This is a great VeinMeiner alternative for newer game versions. With a configurable key, players can harvest multiple blocks at once. You can also configure a whitelist of blocks for the server!

FTB Essentials
Game Version: 1.16
This mod adds utility commands that are essential to running and maintaining a server. It allows players to teleport to one another, change nicknames, set homes, and more!

FTB Ranks
Game Versions: 1.15, 1.16
This is essential if you want to enable permissions on a server. Completely configurable, you can set ranks for new players, moderators, and any other type that give specific access to mod commands.

8 – Chat Heads

By dzwdz

Game Version: 1.16

This is a mod for clients that makes chat just a little more developed. It adds the player head beside their messages, which makes it much easier to tell people apart in a larger sized server.

9 – FastDecay

By bradbot_1

Game Version: 1.17

One of the more annoying aspects of Minecraft are the floating leave blocks that sit in the air after you’ve chopped down a tree. This mod speeds up leaf decay, so you can get your loot and airspace back in seconds!

10- Fabric Waystones

By LordDeatHunter

Game Versions: 1.16, 1.17

This mod is essential for Fabric multiplayer servers where players spread out and claim areas for themselves. Fabric Waystones adds blocks for the player to return to once they’re activated. There’s also Abyss Watcher and Pocket Wormholes which players can have on hand to use to hop to a waystone they’ve already found. It’s very customizable for server administrators to set the cost and permissions.

11 – Fat Experience Orbs

By NinjaPhenix

Game Versions: 1.14, 1.16, 1.17

When running a server, you need to find ways to reduce lag everywhere. Experience orbs are one of the most forgotten aspects, which is why Fat Experience Orbs is a perfect mod for servers. It groups together XP orbs into one entity and makes the player collect them once they’re touched to help reduce lag.

12 – Dual Riders

Photo is from the sister mod, Two Players One Horse! CurseForge

By Flytre7

Game Versions: 1.16, 1.17

As the name implies, this mod allows for two players to right on one horse! Friend not included.

13 – Lithium


By jellysquid3

Game Versions: 1.15, 1.16, 1.17

This mod is an essential for troubleshooting or just optimizing both a singleplayer world and server. Lithium is made to improve tick times through powerful optimizations of mob AI, physics, world generation, and block ticking!

14 – Gunpowder

By Martmists

Game Versions: 1.14, 1.15, 1.16, 1.17

Gunpowder is actually a full customizable mod with multiple parts. Instead of having every module in one, the developer has broken them down, so server admins can pick and choose what features they want. This certainly helps save space, loading times, and from having duplicate features in one server. Below is a brief explanation for each module you can download:

  • Currency adds money and commands to pay between users.
  • Discord Whitelist enables admins to connect a Discord server to the Minecraft server based on specific roles.
  • Market allows players to buy and sell items and requires the Currency module.
  • Permissions sets up a list of permissions based on player groups.
  • Signshop turns chests with signs into shops for players to buy from.
  • SleepVote enables the night to pass without needing everyone to sleep.
  • Teleport adds useful teleportation and home commands.
  • Utilities add miscellaneous commands that are functional or fun.

15 – Project: Save the Pets!

Who would hurt a face like that?

By SophiaCoxy

Game Versions: 1.16, 1,17

This is a mod that protects pets from others and the player themselves. We all have those oopsie moments where we accidentally switch to a sword instead of a steak. This mod prevents any pet from being damaged (emotionally or physically).

16 – Prefab


By wuestman

Game Versions: 1.16, 1.17

For those that want to just get right into exploration or resource gathering, I highly recommend Prefab. Not only can you preview builds in real time, but modpack creators or server admins can give new players blueprints to get them situated easily in the world.

17 – Hardcore Questing Mode

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By LordDusk

Game Versions: 1.12, 1.16

If you’d like to host a server that’s hardcore but also stays active for longer, then consider using Hardcore Questing Mode. It lets players experience hardcore mode without only having one life or being banned from the server. While quests aren’t in the mod already, there is an in-game editor. It also has a tiered reward system and death counter/tracker.

18 – Name Pain

By naqaden

Game Versions: 1.14, 1.15, 1.16

This mod adds some fun to player and mob names by adding cosmetic changes to their appearance. Once an entity has been hit, you can spot their names and even see how their health is based on its color.

19 – Carrier

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By GabrielHOlv

Game Versions: 1.16, 1.17

Carrier is a mod that enables players to carry various blocks and entities at the cost of slowness and increased hunger. That’s right, you can finally carry your tamed pets and place them own wherever you want them!

20 – Hole Filler Mod

By DannyBoyThomas

Game Version: 1.16

Last is not least in the case of this mod. This mod contains a hole filler item that fills up a hole with dirt or your chosen block. This is an incredibly lightweight and handy mod to have, especially when creepers are spawning in the world.


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