How to Make a Private Server in "Minecraft" Alpha

Written by matthew vehon
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"Minecraft" is a simple block-based building game developed by Mojang. Players harvest materials to build fortresses to protect themselves from zombies. Minecraft has single-player and multiplayer modes. To play in multiplayer mode, players must access a server designed for several players. These servers can be public or private. Public servers are open to any player with the server information, while private servers are only open to people approved to access them.

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    Download the Minecraft Server software from the official Minecraft website.

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    Make a new folder called "Minecraft Server." Drag the files from the zipped folder you downloaded into this new folder.

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    Right-click "Start server.bat" and select "Run as Administrator."

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    Let the program run until it says "Finished." It will create several new files in the folder. Exit the program once it is finished.

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    Open the "" file in Notepad.

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    Change the line that reads "public=true" to "public=false." Customise any of the other options (max players, server name) the way you'd like.

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    Go to the Port Forward website. Write down the number listed on the page as "Your External IP."

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    Find your model of router and read the guide on how to port forward on your specific router.

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    Forward the "TCP/UDP 25565" port.

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    Open Minecraft and select "Multiplayer."

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    Type the external IP you wrote down earlier in the local IP box. Set the port number as 25565. You are now connected to your private server. If other players want to connect, they must go to "<YOUR IP>&port=<SERVER PORT>" in their Internet browser.

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