Minecraft is a PC game where you can dig a mine and craft build a different kind of 3D blocks. This game has a world with different landscapes to explore. Minecraft game is a winner of 7 game awards. Minecraft was originally developed by Markus Passon in 2009 and it was released as a full version PC game in 2011. Minecraft Server Hosting is becoming a very popular thing among gamers all around the world.
You can play this game on your own PC as a solo player or make it a multiplayer game very easily. You’ll need to rent or host a server to play Minecraft as a multiplayer game. Here are the steps which will help you to start your own Minecraft dedicated server hosting to play the game as a multiplayer game:
Checking Basic System Requirements:
If you are planning to run a server on your PC, your system configuration should be sufficient to run a game like Minecraft. CPU should be fast and there should be enough RAM on your PC. If you visit the official site of Minecraft, there is a warning that running a server on your computer may expose your PC to security vulnerabilities.
1. Check your internet speed:
You need fast internet to configure the server, downloading Minecraft, and also to allow multiple players to interact and play the game on your server in real-time.
2. Check the current Java version on your system:
To run a Minecraft server on your system, you need to install the latest version of Java. To check if your system has the latest Java version or not you need to follow the below steps:
- If you have a Windows system and you do not have Java installed in your system, you need to download the current version of Java from Official Java site.
- Java installer is available for Windows 32 bit for a 64-bit system. You have to check your Windows file system structure whether it is a 32 bit or 64-bit system, before installing Java on your system.
- For Linux Systems, the same process is applicable.
- In Mac systems, Java comes installed with the operating system and gets updated automatically. However, if that is not the case with your PC, you can download Java for Mac from the same official Java site.
If you do not meet these requirements then you need not worry. There are many service providers who offer Minecraft server hosting at a very affordable price tag.
Steps for Setting up and Configuring Hosting Server:
1. Create a Custom Folder for Server Application:
You need to create a custom folder to keep the server application program in it. This will help you to know where exactly the program is kept if in case it is required again later. Also, it is recommended that you choose the root directory where your OS is installed.
2. Download the Minecraft Server for Your System:
Depending on the file format and which operating system you use, you need to download the proper Minecraft server application program for your system. To download the Minecraft Server installer for all the operating systems you need to download it from its official page. You can download Minecraft_Server.exe for windows or the installer for any other OS. If you want to use .jar file it will work on any operating system. You can download the jar file from Minecraft Site.
3. Install the application for use:
In Windows, if you are using the executable file, you need to double click on it. An installation wizard will be opened with instructions and you need to just follow them.
For Mac, you need to follow the below steps:
- You need to create a command file by opening Text Editor and write in plain text like:
#!/bin/bash cd $(dirname $0) exec java -Xmx1G -Xms1G -jar minecraft_server.jar.
- Save the file in the same folder where you have kept the .jar file. While saving the file you need to use “.command” extension and a meaningful name like “Start server”.
- Run the terminal and write chmod a+x. You need to drag the saved .command file to the terminal and press Enter.
- Double click the .command file and the .jar file will run.
- Once you see a “Done” message you need to stop the executable by writing “stop” in the text area.
Change settings to Customize Minecraft Server
You need to customize the settings of the “server.properties” file by editing in Text Editor in all the OS according to your game preference.
- Game Mode settings are for the survival or no damage preference for the players. By default value is “gamemode=0”. It means the players will play in the survival mode. But if you want your player no risk of life or damage you need to change it to “gamemode=1”.
- The severity of the survival mode is set to the value of “difficulty”. If difficulty=0, it means it is the Peaceful stage and there will be no enemy mob. If you want an enemy mob with the mild, moderate, and hard threat, you need to set the difficulty value to 1, 2, or 3 accordingly.
- To allow your fellow players to access the server you need to change the value of “white-list” to “True”. By default, the value is “False”. Then you need to add your username and the fellow player’s username to the list. You need to press enter after each username.
- The most important step is to determine and set the administrator’s privilege. To change the Admin privilege settings you can enter the username in Ops or Admin the same way you have done for a whitelist.
- You need to find your public IP address and provide this address to your fellow players to access your server from outside the network. If you are not using LAN then this step is most important as your players are in physically different geographical locations.
For more server and game related settings, you may check out Minecraft Wiki page. There are many providers who also provide servers for Minecraft Server Hosting at a very affordable price tag with zero hassle.