How To Play Minecraft On A Private Server

Minecraft is a brilliant game that allows you to create whatever you can think of. You can build and explore scenes from your favorite movies, craft landscapes that mimic real places, or let your imagination run wild! The possibilities are endless. Diehard Minecraft fans may want to host their adventures on their own private servers, which offers more control over the gaming experience. Here is how to easily set up a server for playing Minecraft on Windows, as of September 2015.

Getting Started

The first thing you have to decide is which type of server you want to use. There are two different types of servers used for Minecraft: Bukkit and Vanilla. Bukkit allows the administrator to utilize mods created by the Bukkit community, while a Vanilla server is one that is essentially "untouched." This server configuration allows for some modifications and must be downloaded directly through minecraft.net.

Installing Java

The first thing you need to do before making a private server to play Minecraft is to be sure you have the latest version of Java installed. To do this, go to your Windows Control Panel and find Java. Once you've found it, click "update now." If you're having trouble, you can also do this by going to Java.com, clicking "download," and redownloading Java. The download program will automatically check your version and update as necessary.

Installing Vanilla

  1. Create a folder on the desktop or somewhere you can find it easily. Label it something you can locate later, such as "Minecraft_Server" or a similar alternative. Note: More files may be created with time from this folder, so it's important to make a designated location.
  2. Download the software from minecraft.net/download.
  3. Under "Multiplayer Server," download the file labeled "Minecraft_Server.exe".
  4. Place the file in the folder you created earlier on your desktop.
  5. Open the file. It will automatically load up everything the program needs.

Installing Bukkit

  1. Create a folder on the desktop or somewhere you can find it easily. Label it something you can locate later, such as "Minecraft_Server" or a similar alternative. Note: More files may be created with time from this folder, so it's important to make a designated location.
  2. Find and download a file with a "craftbukkit" label. This can be found through a mirror or through other websites, but be sure to pick a reputable site that you feel safe downloading from.
  3. Go to the start menu and type "cmd" in the search bar.
  4. Once the command prompt pops up, type "ipconfig" in the field.
  5. Locate your IPv4 address and the default gateway located near the top.
  6. Open an internet browser of your choice and type your default gateway in the address bar.
  7. Your browser will ask for your router username and password. If you never set up a password, contact your router company for help or use the default password with the router.
  8. Set up port forwarding. Locate the "port forwarding" tab or area for your router. Type in the following exactly as appears below:

Service Type: BOTH TCP and UDP (Usually Listed as TCP/UDP) NOT one or the other
Starting Port: 25565
Ending Port: 25565
Server IP Address: Same as you IPv4 address mentioned earlier (Found in command prompt using "ipconfig" command).
The Service Name can be anything you want it to be.

  1. Apply changes and restart if necessary.
  2. Open the folder where you placed your bukkit server zip file.
  3. Open a notepad file and paste the following into it:

java -Xms1024M -Xmx1024M -jar craftbukkit.jar -o true
PAUSE

  1. Save the file as "run.bat".
  2. Once completed, a command prompt will open up.
  3. Many files will be loaded into the folder at this point. Don't worry. This is normal.
  4. Close the prompt by typing "stop" and then pressing any key when it tells you to.
  5. Open the Server.PROPERTIES file with notepad.
  6. Make sure the server-ip portion of the text is blank.
  7. Go to https://www.whatismyip.com/ to obtain your IP.
  8. Plug in that IP for the server IP that Minecraft asks for and you will be running your very own server.

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