Hosting your own Minecraft server can be a lot of fun, but it’s not the easiest thing to do. Here’s how you can do it, step by step.

Check Your Capabilities

When you’re using your computer as a server for Minecraft, you will need to have a strong enough computer. First of all, you’ll have to make sure that you have sufficient RAM and a fast CPU. This is necessary to handle the amount of users that will be logging onto your server and playing the game. Checking your internet connection speed is a good idea too. It can be incredibly frustrating when the internet is too slow to keep up with the people who are trying to play the game on the server.

Update Java

The software that you will be using to host your own Minecraft server will need to use Java to run. So, if you don’t have it, install it. And if you do have it, make sure you update the program so that you’re losing the most up to date version. Most Windows computers won’t have it installed, so you need to do this yourself. Macs usually do come with it already installed, but you’ll still have to make sure that it’s updated regularly.

Download the Right Server Application

There are different types of Minecraft server application. Which one you download will depend on whether you use a Mac or a Windows operating system on your computer. Start by setting up a folder on your computer where the application will be saved. Call it something sensible, such as MinecraftServer. And then you can start to download the application. For Windows users, the file will be called Microsoft_Soft.exe. You will find the file at Minecraft.net, and once you have it, save it in the folder you created. For Mac users, it will be called minecraft_server.jar. Apex Minecraft Hosting allows you to bypass a lot of the complicated stuff.

Customise the Settings

Everyone likes to play Minecraft in their own way. So, you’ll need to customise the settings, so that you can play your game exactly how you want to. This will allow you to choose the different modes and settings that will be active when you play. You do this by accessing the Server.Properties file and using notepad to configure the settings. There are lots of different changes you can make, so do some online research to find out what they all mean for you in reality.

Determine Who Can Access It

The purpose of setting up a server is to play online with others. So, if you want to do that, you’ll need to determine who has access to your game. By letting only certain people in, you will stop other people who you don’t want to be there from infiltrating it. Change the White-List setting value to “True”, and then add the usernames of the people who you want to give access to. You can later add other people by giving them your IP address if they’re in a different physical location from you.

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