Latest Minecraft Server Jar URL

This is just a quick Post! I oftenly need a Minecraft Server that automatically downloads the newest Server file. Finding out the URL to that is usually a bit harder and requires a multistep script. I then simply created a PHP script, that redirects to the newest Minecraft Server file. The Link is the following:

This is the Source Code:

// Get the latest version_manifest.json
$manifestData = json_decode(file_get_contents(""), true);

// Get the latest release version number
$latestRelease = $manifestData['latest']['release'];

// Extract the latest_release_version.json URL
$manifestUrl = '';
foreach ($manifestData['versions'] as $version) {
    if ($version['id'] === $latestRelease) {
        $manifestUrl = $version['url'];

if ($manifestUrl) {
    // Get the latest_release_version.json
    $versionData = json_decode(file_get_contents($manifestUrl), true);

    // Extract the latest server download URL from the JSON
    $downloadUrl = $versionData['downloads']['server']['url'];

    // Redirect to the latest server.jar download URL
    header("Location: $downloadUrl");
} else {
    echo "Couldn't find the manifest URL for the latest version.\n";

I created this script by using older bash scripts I already created for other Minecraft Projects. ChatGPT also helped me a little.

I hope this Code will help you to create an auto-updating Minecraft Server.

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