Have you ever wanted to make your own Minecraft server on Windows? This tutorial will teach you how, without having to download Hamachi.
The whole process is a lot simpler than you might think, and it will only take a few minutes!
- Firefox web browser
- Computer running Windows XP/Vista/7
- Access to your router's setup page
- A Minecraft Premium account
Step 1 Download the Server Software
- Create a folder on your desktop, or wherever you wish, and name it "Minecraft Server".
- Open Firefox and go to http://www.minecraft.net/download.jsp.
- Scroll all the way down and click on the download link that reads, "Minecraft Server.exe", and save the file.
- On the Downloads window that pops up, right click Minecraft_Server.exe, and select "Open Containing Folder".
- Open the Minecraft Server folder you made and drag the server application to it.
- Run the Minecraft_Server application. If a security warning pops up, select "Run".
- The application will then create the files it needs to run, and a world, within that folder.
- After the spawn point is set, you can close everything.
Step 2 Opening the Port
- Open the Command Prompt by typing "cmd" on the Start Search.
- Once on the command prompt, typing in "ipconfig" without the ".
- Look for the Default Gateway address, and write it down.
- Do the same with the IPv4 Address.
- Open your web browser and type the Default Gateway in to the address bar. You can also copy and paste it.
- You will be prompted to enter a username and password. If you know them, enter them; if not, you can look up the defaults on the manufacturer's website.
- Once on the settings page, look for an "Applications and Gaming" or "Port Forwarding" link, and click it.
- Then look for "Port Range Forwarding" and click that.
- Type in Minecraft for the Application name, 25565 for the Start Port and 25565 for the End Port.
- For "Protocol," select Both if available. If not, create a TCP and UDP, with the same information.
- As for the IP Address, fill in the last segment of the IPv4 Address you wrote down earlier.
- Finally, check the box to enable the Port, and save the settings.
You are now done setting up your server!
Step 3 Invite Your Friends to Your Server
- Go to www.whatismyip.com to get your IP, and share it with your friends.
- If you plan on running the server on the same computer you will play on, type in "localhost" without the " on the multiplayer section when you wish to connect.
- If you plan on running the server on one computer, and playing on another, type in your IP instead.
- To see a list of server commands, type in "help" without the " in the Server Application.
- You will not need to change the server properties at this time unless you want to create a new world, or load from another existing world.
- Use a whitelist to allow only your friends to log on to your server.
- Every time there is an update, you will have to download the new server application to replace the old one, but you won't have to do the port forwarding again!
- Make backups of your worlds often, so you don't lose your progress in case of an accident.