In 2011, one of the most popular video games was released: Minecraft.
It was developed by the Swedish company Mojang and has sold more than 176 million copies. Today, Minecraft has more than 112 million monthly active players.
Since the game is completely customizable, hosting your own Minecraft instance gives you full freedom to adapt the gameplay to your own preferences.
What is Minecraft?
Minecraft is a video game that lets players build a three-dimensional world with a variety of different blocks. A task that requires creativity from players, who are able to design and build their own virtual world. Almost every block in Minecraft can be disassembled and collected through mining. These disassembled pieces can then be collected. These pieces can then be assembled into new items. The currently available Java edition of the game allows players to customize the game to their own preferences with mods, allowing them to create new game mechanics, items, textures, and assets.
Since there is no specific goal to achieve, there is no predetermined way to play Minecraft. Players can achieve anything they want themselves.
However, there are some predefined game modes available:
- Creative mode, which allows players to build anything they can imagine from the unlimited resources they are given.
- Survival mode, in which players must collect natural resources such as wood and stone by exploring the world. Players will also have to build a house to protect themselves from enemies and acquire food to survive.
The game supports multiplayer mode, which allows multiple players to interact and communicate with each other on a single world. Players can either connect to one of the publicly available worlds or build their own world with their friends using a private Minecraft server.
Minecraft server requirements
You will need the following system requirements to run Minecraft Server:
- A Windows 10 desktop or server
- At least 4 GB of RAM is recommended
- A reliable wired network connection
- A generous internet bandwidth plan: Minecraft can use up to 100 MB per player per hour, so an unlimited bandwidth plan is ideal
For those wondering how to increase server performance, you may need a server that wishes to have more RAM or a more powerful CPU to keep up with multiplayer server demands. For more information on larger gaming servers, check out our Dedicated Gaming Server Solutions.
Step 1: Open Windows 10 and download Java
Download the latest version of Java for Windows 10. Open the .EXE file and click Install. Restart your computer after the installation is complete. We always recommend using the latest Java version to get the best performance, and you should keep Java that you run up to date.
Step 2: Download Minecraft Server
Visit the Minecraft Server website and download the Minecraft server version of the Minecraft Vanilla JAR file to your computer. When you download the Minecraft Server JAR, it will be saved in your Downloads folder by default. You can also download Minecraft Server from another project like Forge or Bukkit, but the next steps to run these jars and install them may vary.
Step 3: Open the Downloads folder and move Minecraft Server.
Navigate to your Downloads folder and move the Minecraft folder to the desired location. We will drag it to the desktop, but we recommend a special folder for Minecraft.
Step 4: Double-click on the Minecraft JAR file.
Double-click on the Minecraft JAR file. This will extract some files that we need before we can start the server.
Step 5: Agree to the Minecraft EULA and set the server properties.
We’ll start by customizing the configuration files before we start the server. The first file to open is the Minecraft EULA. The EULA is the document you agree to when running the Minecraft server.
To accept the End User License Agreement, open the EULA txt file and update eula=false to eula=true. Save the file.
To customize the server settings, open the server properties file and save the file after making the necessary changes. If you are wondering how to customize the server settings, the server properties file determines important server settings such as server port, memory, and game settings. Port 25565 is the default server port.
Step 6: Double-click the Minecraft JAR file.
Open the Minecraft server file again to get the server java file running.
Step 7: Allow the Minecraft server in the firewall
Click on Allow access
Step 8: Check the Minecraft server statistics
The Minecraft server is now installed and running and a statistics window is displayed. As we can see in the window, this particular local PC cannot keep up with the resources required to run a multiplayer server. Therefore, we will set this up on a cloud server using ServerMania for a better experience.
Step 9: Connect to your Minecraft server
After your server is installed, you can connect to it from Minecraft. Launch Minecraft and select multiplayer.
Click on Add Server
Enter the server details and click Done. You can get the IP address of the Minecraft server by going to Google and searching for “What is my IP”. You may need to share access to port 25565 on your router if your friends can’t connect. Note that your private IP address may change frequently, so in this case you will need to provide them with the updated connection details. One of the main advantages of using a cloud server is that you always keep the same IP address. Click the play button next to your server to start playing!
How do I connect to my own Minecraft server?
Once your server is up and running, connect it to the Minecraft game client.
- download the Minecraft client and launch it on your local computer.
- After logging into your Minecraft account, click the Multiplayer button.
- Click Add Server and enter a name for your server and the public IP address of your Virtual Instance.
- Your server is now listed in the server list. Click the server and then click Join Server to connect to it.
- congratulations! You are now connected to your own Minecraft server
Hive Minecraft Server
The Hive server, now available to more Minecraft players!
Minecraft servers! They are a great way to play Minecraft in multiplayer mode with players from all over the world. Java players have had access to servers for a long time, but we’re constantly adding servers to the Better Together version of Minecraft (that is, Minecraft on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, and the Windows 10 version).
There are many great mini-games on The Hive server, including a brand new way to play BedWars Treasure Wars, the all-time favorite classic Hide and Seek, and the action-packed parkour game DeathRun.
The Hive offers servers in two locations, North America and Europe. Don’t worry – you’ll automatically join the one closest to you! With servers launching in Japan in the near future, the best experience is guaranteed for everyone.
How to back up your Minecraft server
Due to the volatile nature of a Minecraft server, you will inevitably encounter an instance where you want to restore your world to a previous state due to grief, corruption, or simply to reset your world. You can restore your world to a previous state by using a backup created with the Panel backup tool.
The backup tool offered on our panel creates a backup of your main world and packs it into a zip file with the world’s name. Backups are created automatically on a daily basis, but can also be done manually with the click of a button.
Once you create a backup of your world, a copy is saved on the server with the name of the main world (world.zip). If you create multiple backups (maximum 2), the old backup will be renamed to world1.zip.
To restore a backup
- Go to the game panel and stop the server.
- Click the Backup tab to the left of the game panel.
- Find the world/date you want to restore and click “Restore” to the right of it.
- Return to the main page of the game panel and open the Console tab. Wait in the console until you see the “Done, return ok” message. Once it does, go ahead and restart the server.