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Since early 2018, Minecraft has sold over 14 million copies. This makes it the second most-sold video game, after Tetris.

Why is it so popular? Because it's not just a video game. It's an educational tool that teaches kids how to code, how to solve problems and how to exercise creativity. It's also open to mod developers, which allows it to be further developed.

If you're new to the game go ahead and purchase it and get started. But if you want to enjoy the full Minecraft experience, you'll need to set up your own private Minecraft server.

This guide will walk you through how to set up a Minecraft server on Windows or Mac. If you already have a dedicated server from us, you can use these steps to set up your server and start playing.

How to create a Minecraft server for Windows, Mac, or Linux

At the very core, these are the steps you'll need to follow to set up a Minecraft server:

1. Java 2 is the most recent version. Select a place for your server. Download the Minecraft server software 4. Start the Minecraft server 5. Check that your server has internet access

Take into account your options

If you want to run a Minecraft server from home, make sure you have a powerful system that allows it to run smoothly.

A game server hosting provider is an alternative to hosting your server at home if security or other reasons are not acceptable. A Dedicated Server from Heart Internet is a good choice as it keeps you from exposing your home network to the world, while saving you the hassle of managing server hardware.

Let's get to it!

Setting up a Minecraft server on Windows

Java version 7.0

Minecraft is a Java game. To ensure you have the most current version of Java, the first thing to do is to download it. Go to java.com/en/download to download the latest Java version and install it.

Next, select the location you'd like the server to be set up. We recommend creating a separate folder to store all the files.

Once you've chosen a location, go ahead and download the latest Minecraft server setup software from the official site.

This will download the.jar file. Move it to the place you selected in step 2 and double-click to start it.

You will also have to agree to the EULA agreement. Editing the eula.txt files and changing eula=false eula=true can accomplish this.

Now you're ready to start the Minecraft server.

Go to the Minecraft server folder where you installed the server files and initiate the server by executing this command:

You can also double-click the file.jar to restart the server. In this case, you might need to allow the Minecraft server through the firewall.

That's it. Now that your server is running, you can start inviting people to connect to your server via your local IP address or via your external/ public IP address.

Enter your IP address into the Minecraft Server Status Checker to check if your server is accessible.

Mac OS X: How to set up a Minecraft server

Java: Install or update

Java is automatically included if you use a current version of MacOS. Kd76 You might need to download and update a legacy Java version if you're running an older version.

Create a dedicated folder for all your Minecraft server files so everything is organised and easy to find.

Download the Minecraft server setup software from the official website.

This downloads as an.jar file. Stuff Save it at the location specified in the previous steps.

Next, open TextEdit and set the format to plain text. Copy and paste the following into the file:

exec java -Xms1024M -Xmx1024M -jar minecraft_server.jar nogui

Save the file as start.command in the same folder where the other Minecraft server setup files are located.

You will need permission to make it work.

Open the Terminal and type chmod a+x with a space after the command. Drag and drop start.command files into the terminal window. Then press enter.

Start the server

Double-click the start.command file and a new terminal window will open.

If you're starting the server for the first-time, you might see some error messages and/or missing files warnings. This is normal and not to be alarm about.

You're done! Now your server is up and running.

Make sure your server is accessible

Don't forget to enter your IP address into the Minecraft Server Status Checker to check if your server is accessible.

Setting up a Minecraft server on Linux

As I mentioned, hosting a server at home is not something you want to do. Instead, you can opt for a game server hosting plan such as a Dedicated Server from Heart Internet.

For these next steps, you'll need to connect to your hosting with SSH. If you aren't familiar with the process, the support article explains it.

Enter the following command while you are SSH-ing into your host as root user:

This will return a list of OpenJDK packages that are compatible with Java. Let's select openjdk-7-jdk, which is the OpenJDK 7 Development Kit.

Use the following command to update the list of packages from the remote repositories:

Next, install the software package you have chosen.

To install the storage space, press "Y".

Choose a location for your Minecraft server files

Create a new folder on your host where you'd like to save all your Minecraft server files. Then, navigate to that folder.