How to Make a Minecraft Server

What will you learn?

In this step by step guide you are going to learn how to make a Minecraft server hosted from your own computer. This will require you to have a computer with Java installed in order to start the server jar file. In regards of the Java version that you need, well it depends on the version of Minecraft that you are trying to create the server for. For example, any server above 1.16.5 of Minecraft Java, will require you to have Java 17 or above, and any server below 1.16.5 will require you to have Java 8.

Guide

Step 1

Click the button on the right which will redirect you to the download site for the Minecraft server file.

Step 2

Once in the Minecraft website, click the green link named “minecraft_server.[minecraftversion].jar. In this case we will be downloading the available version which is the most recent, 1.19.2.

You should see the download begin

Step 3

Drag the newly downloaded server.jar file into the folder where you want to install the server on.

Step 4

Once the server.jar file has been moved into the desired folder, go ahead and open the jar file by double clicking on it.

Keep in mind that you will need Java 17 or above installed for any version of Minecraft above 1.16.5.

Step 5

After you double click the server.jar file it will begin to extract some files into the folder until the Eula.txt file appears.

Go ahead and open this EULA file.

Step 6

Inside the EULA file you should find a text labeled “eula=false”, go ahead and change the text from “eula=false” to “eula=true”.

It should now read like this, with no space after the word “true”.

Procced to save the file and then close it.

Step 7

Now with the Eula updated go ahead and double click the server.jar file again.

As you can see you now have a server console with all the activity regarding your server.

You can stop the server at any time by typing stop into the console and then pressing Enter in your keyboard.

Done!

You now have a working Minecraft server hosted on your own pc, in order to access the server just open Multiplayer mode in Minecraft, click add a server, and type localhost in the address bar.

Stay tune while we create an article on how to port foward the server to have your friends access it. You can watch a video guide we made on how to port foward a server just by clicking this sentence.

Let us know in the comments if we were able to help you install the server properly and if there is something we can improve up on.

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