Hosting Your Own Minecraft Server

Mojang allows players to host their own Minecraft server using a server JAR file. Hosting your own Minecraft server allows you to change server settings and play with friends.
The first thing you need to do is open a command prompt and find out what version of Java is installed on your computer. You just have to install the latest version. However, if you run the java -version command, you can confirm that you are using Java 7.
The final step is to download the Minecraft_ file, which will launch the JAR file in Windows with the appropriate parameters. Downloads are available from the official Minecraft website.
If you want to change the allocated RAM (server memory) you can create a batch file which will start Minecraft_. Just open the editor and paste the following line of code:
“C: Program files (x86)” -Xms1024m -Xmx1024m -jar “Minecraft_”
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“C: Program” -Xms1024m -Xmx1024m -jar “Minecraft_”
Replace 1024 with the amount of RAM you wish to provide to your server in megabytes and save the file as “”. You can use google to make a gigabyte to count a megabyte. Opening this file will start your server.
Once your server is up and running, you and a friend connected to the same local area network can join the server by opening the Minecraft client and connecting to the server IP localhost. If you want to play with friends online, you’ll need to forward your router to allow outside connections to connect to your server. You can also install Hamachi, a program that will give you a public IP address. This is a complex process and most residential internet connections cannot handle a large number of online players.
To start configuring your server, you can open the server.porperties file that was created when you first started the Minecraft server. This file contains the basic settings for your server After making changes, you must stop and restart the server for the changes to take effect. The folder on your server also contains a file named. In this text file you can list the players who must have administrator rights on the server. After adding your username to the file, save and restart the server. Your list is a useful tool for fighting malicious users. The file can be used to block all players except those listed.

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