It seems like there’s a lack of Cracked Minecraft servers again and I’m sure some of you are now thinking about starting own cracked server. How hard could it be? It turns out it’s actually not that hard.
Since Bukkit is now more or less gone, you’re down to two different servers, three if we could vanilla but that’s not really sustainable, especially for cracked servers. Which leaves you with Spigot and PaperSpigot. For large servers it’s generally recommended to use PaperSpigot.
Plugins and software (Spigot or PaperSpigot) are actually the same for premium and cracked servers with only one difference. Cracked servers are running in offline mode, bypassing official auth servers, which can be toggled on or off simply by changing one setting.
Of course it’s also recommended to use Auth plugin such as AuthMe to prevent random people from taking over accounts but that’s really it. So if you’re thinking about starting cracked or premium server there’s really not much of a difference.