Minecraft is a game which allows players to build with a variety of different blocks in a 3D procedurally generated world. Minecraft is so popular, that it is the best-selling PC game of all time with over 29 million copies sold.
For those looking to play Minecraft with their friends, a Minecraft Server is required. It allows users to connect to one central computer which will host the game software for all the other players to use.
Before You Begin
You have two options when creating a Minecraft Server, you can set it up on your own computer, or you can pay a small monthly fee and host one online.
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For those looking to set up the server on their own computer, this article will walk you through installing Minecraft Server on Windows 10.
What you'll need:
-A Windows 10 desktop or server
-At least 3GB of RAM is recommended
-A reliable wired network connection
-A generous Internet bandwidth plan: Minecraft can use up to 100MB per player per hour, so an unlimited bandwidth plan is ideal
Step 1: Open Windows 10 and download Java
Visit the Java download site
Download the latest version of Java for Windows 10. Open the .EXE file and click Install. Restart your computer once installation has completed.
Step 2: Download Minecraft Server
Visit the Minecraft Server website and download the latest version of the Minecraft Vanilla JAR file to your computer.
Step 3: Open the Downloads folder and move Minecraft Server
Navigate to your Downloads folder and move the Minecraft folder to your desired location. We're going to drag it to the desktop, but we would recommend a dedicated folder for Minecraft.
Step 4: Double click on the Minecraft JAR file
Double click on the Minecraft JAR file. This will extract some files we need before we can start the server.
Step 5: Agree to the EULA
Open the file called EULA and update eula=false to eula=true
Save the file.
Step 6: Double click on the Minecraft JAR file
Open the Minecraft server file again.
Step 7: Allow the Minecraft Server in the firewall
Click Allow Access
Step 8: Review Minecraft Server stats
The Minecraft Server is now loaded and a stats panel will appear. This particular home PC can't keep up with the resources required, so we'll be setting this up on a hosted server for a better experience.
Step 9: Connecting to your Minecraft Server
Now that your server is installed, you can connect to it from Minecraft. Launch Minecraft and select Multiplayer.
Click Add Server
Enter server details and click Done. You can obtain the Minecraft server IP address by going to Google and searching "what's my IP". You may need to open up access to port 25565 on your router if your friends are unable to connect. Keep in mind that your home IP address may change frequently, so you will need to provide them with the updated connections details when this happens.
Click the play button next to your server to start playing!
You're ready to go! If you've setup the server correctly, your friends should now be able to connect to your Minecraft Server. You can follow these instructions and swap out the default Vanilla Minecraft jar with a Forge, Spigot, or Feed The Beast jar if you want to customize your Minecraft Server experience with mods and plugins!