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How To Set Up A Minecraft Shared Server

Minecraft has consolidated its legacy among gamers by creating a game world that encourages creativity. One of the great things about Minecraft is playing with friends in a shared world. Although hosting your own server can be a hassle, anyone can set up a Minecraft server with a Windows computer and an internet connection.

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You will need to download the code and make some changes before you can set up your server. This guide will show you how to set up and fine tune a Minecraft server in no time.
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Minecraft Server Setup

Any Minecraft Server needs the latest version of Java, so make sure you have the latest version of Java 7 installed. Once finished, download Minecraft Server.exe from and save it into a dedicated folder, like C:\MinecraftSharedServer.

Run the server application. This will open an interface window. Once the "Preparing spawn area" messages are finished a line will pop up that says "Done." Enter "stop", and hit the Enter key. Your Minecraft world is now created. Now it's the time to configure it.

Minecraft Server Settings

You should see two files named "server" in the directory where you saved Minecraft_Server.exe. One of these files will be listed under the properties file. Right-click on this file and select Edit to open it in Notepad. You'll see a list of server settings followed by an equal sign and a value. By changing the values you can change many things about your Minecraft world. Most of the default settings should be fine, but there are a few that you might want to change.

Gamemode – This setting allows you to select the type of world that you and your friends prefer. The default value of this setting is 0, which will allow you to survive in basic survival mode. This value can be changed from 0 to 1. This will make your server go into creative mode. Difficulty - Difficulty is clear in its name. The values can vary from 0 (peaceful), up to 3 (3 (hard), depending upon what you're playing on. White-list - This is used to block others from accessing your server. This is important if your goal is to keep your server private between friends. Back in your Minecraft server folder, you'll see another file called white-list, right-click it and open the file with Notepad to make your white-list username list. Your Minecraft username will be the first player you add. Hit enter and add each friend's usernames in their own lines. Save the file and you've done it.

Configuring your Router for Minecraft

Any player connected directly to your router should be able to view your server over the internet. However, if you want to play with your friends from home, you will need the router to forward port 57575 (TCP), to the server. This is a simple step that requires some technical knowledge, but takes only a few minutes.

Once you have everything set up to receive external connections, start your server again by running Minecraft_Server.exe. If you don’t already know your IP, you’ll need to Google "what’s my ip?" This is your IP address, which other players will use for connecting to your server.

That's all there is to it. You've created a shared world for you and your friends to enjoy. Be sure to keep an eye on the Minecraft site for any updates and enjoy your time building together.

More: Minecraft now boasts over 100 million active monthly players

Minecraft is available on PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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William Cennamo has been the Game Guides Editor for Screen Rant since 2019. Although he has been a creative writer his entire life, it wasn't until 2018 that he began to follow his passion for the written word. William is a specialist in script-writing and has written many comedy sketches. He also teaches "Intro to Comedy Writing” at the Stomping Ground Theater, Dallas, Texas.

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