Intro to Minecraft Servers
Minecraft is one of the most popular games across the world not only for its expansive single-player experience but also for its multiplayer capabilities. The ability to create custom worlds that hundreds of other people can join remotely with just a click of a button is very exciting. Playing Minecraft with friends is a great experience. You can challenge each other, build vast structures and contraptions, and also team up to defeat enemies.
In order to enjoy the multiplayer mode on Minecraft, you need to set up a server. This guide will delve into the details on how to make a Minecraft server for friends.
How to Make Minecraft Server for Friends
There are 3 popular options to host multiplayer games on Minecraft.
Mojang’s Minecraft Server Software
The parent company of Minecraft, Mojang Studios has a server software created specifically for Minecraft. With this software, you can set up your own personal and customized server to host multiplayer games. Note that you need some technical prowess to ensure a seamless experience.
If you are hosting a server on a computer that you use for day to day activities and to the game, note that a lot of its resources can be quickly consumed. The hardware requirements to run a Minecraft server are detailed below.
- A 2.8 GHz dual-core CPU or better
- 6 GB or more RAM (if you also run the game on the same computer)
- 1 GB of more RAM (if you use separate hosting)
- DDoS protection
- A very fast internet connection – at least 10 MB/s upload
- Appropriate routing for numerous connections
If your PC has the required specifications, you can use the Mojang software to set up a server.
One of the more hands-on server software is CraftBukkit, also known as Bukkit. Bukkit is designed to accommodate mods and add-ons to the game. It can be customized extensively in-game as well as on the backend. You can make as many changes to the world as you want, and also change up on the way a server operates. Bukkit’s forum community is very active and is a great resource to understand how to manage the numerous add-ons in Minecraft. Do note that setting up a CraftBukkit server may require some basic Java understanding and knowledge. The Bukkit wiki can help out greatly in this regard.
One of the cheapest and simplest hosting services is Minecraft Realms Plus. An official offering from Mojang Studios itself, Realms Plus allows players to easily manage and create servers without much knowledge about hosting. The service is subscription-based, and it essentially like you are renting a server from Mojang. Up to 10 players can join a game at the same time. and players on console, mobile, Windows, and even VR devices can access and play together. The ease of use, however, comes with a trade-off, which is a limited degree of freedom compared to a personal server or CraftBukkit.
How to Play With Friends
There are a few ways in which you can play Minecraft with your friends.
The simplest way to connect with friends on Minecraft multiplayer is over LAN. Reliability is significantly better over LAN, and you do not have to worry about internet speeds. The disadvantage is that all the players must be connected to the same local network or WiFi.
Once you have bought the Realms subscription, you can navigate to the Realms tab on the Minecraft menu. Click on the ‘Play’ button to create a server. In Configure Realms, click on the Players tab to invite your friends.
To join a server, you require an invite. You do not need a Realms subscription to join a server that your friend has created. At the top of the Realms window, there will be an icon saying ‘New Invitations’. Click on this to bring up a list of all the invites you have. Select the appropriate one and click on ‘Play’ to join the server.
To create a new Realms world or join an already existing one, first click on ‘Play’ on the Minecraft menu. Then click on the ‘Worlds’ tab. If you are already logged in, you can either create a new Realm or open a pre-existing one.
Just like with the Java Edition, you need an invite to join a Realm. Click on the ‘Friends’ tab in your game to bring up the list of friends. Select the appropriate Realm that you want to join, and you will connect to that server.