How to Host a Server on Minecraft
Hosting a Minecraft server can be a fun and rewarding experience. It allows players to create their worlds, set rules, and play with friends or strangers worldwide. Setting up a server can initially seem daunting, but with the right resources and guidance, it can be done easily. This blog will discuss the steps to host a server on Minecraft, including the necessary hardware and software, configuring settings, and troubleshooting common issues.
Step 1: Download Minecraft_server.Jar
You must first download the server files. These are available for free on the official Minecraft website.
Download Minecraft server.1.11.jar from the Minecraft Server Downloads page.
Once the download is complete, copy Minecraft server.1.11.jar to your desktop and rename it "Minecraft Server."
Finally, double-click Minecraft server.1.11.jar to launch it, and new files will be added to the folder. Please remember that Minecraft will eventually update to a new version, and the version number in the instructions may differ.
Step 2: Save as a Batch File to Run Server
Begin by saving the server as a batch file. Right-click inside the Server folder where you saved the Minecraft Server.1.11.jar.
Then, choose "New" > "Text Document" and give the new document the name "Run." Paste the following line into the Notepad document: "cmd /k java Xms1G Xmx1G jar minecraft server.1.11.jar."
If you're using a different version of the server, make sure to replace "Minecraft server.1.11.jar" with the name of the version you're using.
Next, navigate to "File" > "Save As," and select "All Files" in the "Save as Type" field. Replace "Run.bat" with "Run.bat" and remove the.txt at the end.
Step 3: Agree to the Eula
Before launching a Minecraft server, you must agree to the license agreement provided. This can be done by double-clicking the file eula.txt and editing it to indicate that you agree.
To do this, change the line eula=false to eula=true. You can also read the EULA by copying and pasting the text from the file.
Step 4: Launch Your Server
Launch your server by double-clicking "Run.bat ."A window will appear with some information about your server; as long as this window is open, players can connect.
The server window also provides useful information such as the amount of memory used in the Stats panel, a list of players currently connected in the Players panel, server messages and player chats in the Log and Chat panel, and a field on the bottom right to enter server commands.
Server commands allow advanced users more control over their servers, and all possible commands can be found online.
Step 5: Join Your Server
To join your server, run the game and click on the "Multiplayer" option on the main menu.
Then, click on "Add Server" and enter a name for your server in the "Server Name" field. In the "Server Address" field, type "localhost" and click "Done ."
Now, select your server and click "Join Server" to start playing on your home server.
Once you've set up your server, you can set up your internet connection so other players can connect to it.
Step 6: Forward Your Ports
Adjust your router's settings so other users can access your computer. However, the process may vary depending on the type of router you have. Before starting, it is recommended to read a page on portforward.com that offers basic information on port forwarding.
Then, go to a specific link for a list of port forwarding guides and select your router's make and model from the list to follow the instructions provided.
If your router is not on the list, you can try searching for your router's model and "port forwarding" on the web or contacting your router's customer support for assistance on forwarding ports.
Additionally, you can find your manufacturer but not the model. In that case, you can use the directions for the closest number to your model, as they often have similar processes.
Step 7: Find Your External Ip Address
To do this, open a browser and go to google.com. Type "external IP" in the search bar and press "Enter" or "Return." Google will then display your external IP address, which can either be IPv4 or IPv6 and will look like 12.34.456.789 or 2001:0db8:0a0b:12f0:0000:0000:0000:0001. Save this number, as other players need it to connect to your server.
Step 8: Connect to Your Server
Once you've port-forwarded your connection, connecting to your server is a simple process. Players must first complete the following steps to join your server:
In Minecraft, go to "Multiplayer," then "Add Server." They must enter a server name and address, which will be your external IP address, followed by the port number: 25565.
If you have an IPv6 address, it should be surrounded by  characters. After entering the information and clicking "Done," Minecraft will attempt to connect to the server.
After connecting, players can choose a server and click "Join Server." Please provide them with your external IP address so they can invite players to your server.
However, it is critical to invite people you trust and to obtain permission from your parents before inviting new players to join.
Step 9: Adjust the server.properties File
You can change some settings by editing the Server.properties file in the Server folder.
By editing the lines of the file with any text editor, you can change the properties of your Minecraft world.
The most common properties you might change are changing the game mode to creative mode by changing gamemode=0 to gamemode=1 and adjusting the maximum number of players that can join your server at one time by changing the max-players number.
It is critical to note that you will not need to make any changes to this file for your server to function, and you should only make changes if you are confident in your abilities.
The Minecraft Wiki also contains a list of all available options.
In conclusion, hosting a server on Minecraft is a great way to connect with friends and play together. It involves downloading the necessary software, configuring the server settings, and setting up port forwarding on your router. With a bit of technical know-how and patience, anyone can host their own Minecraft server and enjoy the game in a new and exciting way.