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How to Make a Minecraft Server, Create a Minecraft Server on Windows & Linux

Setting up a Minecraft server can be difficult, but not with the right advice. This article is meant to present a simple - and informative - a guide on setting up new Minecraft servers for Windows and Linux.

24 Mar, 21 by Antoniy Yushkevych 12 min Read

How to Create & Make a Minecraft Server on Linux and Windows Server

Setting up a Minecraft server can be difficult, but not with the right advice. This article is meant to present a simple - and informative - a guide on setting up new Minecraft servers for Windows and Linux.

As of 2021, Minecraft is among the most popular - and successful - video games. In fact, with over 200 million copies sold worldwide and more than 126 million monthly active users in 2020, Minecraft is the best-selling video game of all time. The trend will likely continue throughout the new year as well.

Minecraft is a brilliantly crafted sandbox game that allows people to fight, survive, explore, and build virtually anything they want. One of the best features of the game is the multiplayer option that allows you to go co-op with your friends and other people.

Not only can you connect to other worlds on your friends' and family's devices through LAN, but you can also purchase one of Microsoft’s Minecraft Realms which are worlds where ten players can play simultaneously. 

By far, the best option, however, for multi-playing on Minecraft is through servers, where, theoretically, an infinite number of players can share the playfield with other Minecrafters. Minecraft servers are like upgraded sandboxes where modifications can be made to the game, making the playing experience way more enjoyable.

On servers, players can engage in minigames, meet new people, explore, build, and compete in challenges with other Minecrafters. Every year, thousands more Minecraft servers are created and grow rapidly. 

The largest Minecraft servers have millions of fans all across the globe and hundreds of players on a daily basis. For these reasons, servers are extremely popular, and many people want to set up their own servers and grow the latest and greatest Minecraft multiplayer world.

Creating a Minecraft server can be quite cheap, but depending on your requirements and how many players you want on the world at a time, it can actually get quite expensive. So, in this article, we’ll explain how you can create your own Minecraft server in 2020 and invite friends to join your world! We hope this article helps you!

In this article, we’ll explain how you can create your own server in Minecraft and invite friends to join your world! But before diving into that, let’s first understand how mc servers work, the costs associated, and the best 3 options to choose from. So, let’s get started.

Article Contents

  • How does a Minecraft Server Work?
  • How Much Will it Cost?
  • Best Service Providers for Minecraft Servers
  • How to Set Up a Minecraft Server on Windows?
  • How to Set Up a Minecraft Server on Linux?

How does a Minecraft server work?

How to Make a Minecraft Server

A server on the popular game Minecraft works very much the same way as really any other server or computer that is connected to the internet and communicates with other devices. Essentially the internet is one huge network where computers communicate data. Web servers are huge computers that process a lot of requests and display web pages or multiplayer game content to anyone who makes a request. 

However, just because servers typically involve a lot of computers and processing power, this doesn't mean that you need to invest in a huge server computer to host your own amazing Minecraft multiplayer world. 

Since servers can process many requests at once, they make it possible for a world to be played on by numerous Minecraft players simultaneously and update automatically, making for an excellent experience. 

Although most people who want to make Minecraft servers usually buy one from a specialized service provider who owns their own server computers, which servers can be hosted on, it is not uncommon for amateurs to host servers on their own devices. 

For example, if you have a spare laptop or PC lying around that is relatively fast and has decent memory (Random Access Memory or RAM), you can configure it to act as a server and hold a Minecraft world that many other people can connect to.

On the internet, computers and servers (which are really just computers themselves) use unique strings of digits interspersed with periods called Internet Protocol, or IP, addresses to identify themselves and establish safe connection pathways with other devices on the World Wide Web. 

To connect to a server on Minecraft, you need to find its IP address, enter it, and you’ll be connected and sent straight through to the Minecraft world! This concept also applies when you are creating your own Minecraft server. 

If you run it on a spare laptop or desktop computer, it’ll run on the IP of your Wi-Fi network. However, if you do it with a qualified and reputable Minecraft server provider, they’ll have servers that can provide you with a unique IP address that will allow your players to connect to your multiplayer world!

 

How much will it cost?

How to Create a Minecraft Server

Now that you understand what a Minecraft server is, why people love to play on them, and how they work, you probably have the question - how much will setting up my own Minecraft server cost me? 

Well, this can be a tricky question to answer because it depends so much on your requirements and which path you will take to set one up. There are basically two ways you could go. 

The first is purchasing from a reputable and qualified service provider who owns a lot of powerful computers for hosting your server and providing a monthly service. Of course, with this option, you have a lot less control over your server and a lot less flexibility, but it is much easier than manually setting up your own one and may even cost you less, at least in the short term. 

With a purchased server, you can expect to pay anywhere from five dollars per month to a hundred dollars per month, or even more depending on how many players you want to get on your server and how intensive you want the processes on the world to be!

You could go down the alternative option of setting up your own server on a spare laptop or desktop PC. This is a lot trickier than if you were to just purchase a server from a provider. 

However, this gives you greater control, and you can also manually upgrade your computer and setup if you get enough players and need more processing power. If you want to know how to do this exactly, we don’t have time to explain this in this article, but there are plenty of helpful tutorials online that can give you a few great pointers and instructions for self-hosting your own Minecraft server multiplayer world! 

Here is a full guide about How Much Does a Minecraft Server Cost?

Which service providers are the best for Minecraft servers?

How to setup a Minecraft Server

If you’ve decided to go with the purchasing option and buy a Minecraft multiplayer world service from a reputable provider, then there are many options you can pick from. It’s best to stick with the major, reputable ones because these are the companies that you can actually trust to provide you a consistent, powerful, and high-quality service! 

Depending on your requirements and budget, which business you decide to go with will vary. Here are three of our favorite options that are well worth considering:

  1. MonoVM

Believe it or not, our own company (shameless, pitching our own products :) ), offers not only Dedicated and VPS servers but can offer Minecraft Servers as well, upon request. In fact, we have widened our services to include Minecraft servers and all-inclusive setups at extremely affordable prices. It’s really easy to get started and done properly; you can get your multiplayer Minecraft world off the ground and up and running for people to join it in an afternoon! 

  1. 1GBITS

Did you know that you can get your own Minecraft server on the internet up and running extremely quickly and effectively at a price just for a few dollars per month? It’s true, and 1GBits is the company that you’ll want to go to get this insane service. Their server computers are extremely powerful, and they have very helpful guides for going through with the process. We highly recommend them.

 

How to Make a Minecraft Server on Windows?

  1. First, you have to login into your Mojang account, on which you should already have Minecraft purchased. Then head over to https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download and scroll down to Server Software and select Java Edition Server.

How to install a Minecraft Server

 

  1. Head over to the official Minecraft Java Edition server download page and press the download link.

 

  1. In the pop-up window, click Save File and wait for it to download. Once the download is complete, open the server.jar file.

 

  1. Windows will prompt you with the “Open Executable File?” warning message. Click OK.

 

  1. Once the server.jar file has been run, you will see a new text file called eula.txt. Open it with notepad or any other desired text editor.

 

  1. In the opened text file, you will see a line that reads eula=false. Delete it and write eula=true.

 

  1. Now run the server.jar again.

 

  1. The server will take a bit of time to load and be ready to use.

 

How to Make a Minecraft Server on Linux?

  1. To run a Minecraft server on Linux requires Java. First, check if you have it installed on the server by running this command:

java -version

If you get an error message, proceed to step 2; if java is already installed, however, skip to step 4.

 

  1. Run the following commands to install Java:

sudo yum update

Press Y and enter,

sudo yum install java -y

You should see the following screen when it is installed.

 

  1. Now you should install Screen.

sudo yum install screen -y

 

  1. Create a new directory where you will store all the Minecraft configuration files and enter it.

mkdir minecraft

cd minecraft

 

  1. Before downloading the needed configuration files, wget should be installed first.

sudo yum install wget -y

 

  1. Use the wget command to download Minecraft server files.

wget https://launcher.mojang.com/v1/objects/35139deedbd5182953cf1caa23835da59ca3d7cd/server.jar

Please note that this link works for Minecraft Server 1.16.4. To look for a newer version, follow this link. If there is one, replace the link in the command with the newer one.

 

  1. Once the download is finished, run the server.jar file with the following command.

java -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -jar server.jar nogui

This should give you an error as the end-user license agreement is not accepted.

 

  1. To accept the end-user license agreement, open eula.txt with a text editor and change eula=false to eula=true then save and close the file.

how to make a Minecraft server

 

  1. Once that is done, run the following command to make sure that the server can run in the background.

screen -s “Minecraft server 1”

Now you should have the Minecraft server successfully up and running on Linux.

 

Epilogue

In this article, we covered Minecraft servers. We talked about what they are and why they are so popular among Minecraft players. We then talked about how they work and how much you can expect to pay if you want to set up your very own Minecraft server. We concluded with three recommendations of great server providers that can help you create your world.

If this article helped you understand how to make a Minecraft server in 2021, consider sharing with other Minecrafters who might want to make their own server. We’re sure they will appreciate it.

Antoniy Yushkevych

Master of word when it comes to technology, internet and privacy. I'm also your usual guy that always aims for the best result and takes a skateboard to work. If you need me, you will find me at the office's Counter-Strike championships on Fridays or at a.yushkevych@monovm.com