Minecraft is a great game to play alone. But after a while, you will most likely get bored with the single playthrough of the game. In this case, play this game with other users! Mincraft is designed to make connecting to multiplayer a breeze.
Method 1 of 5: Connecting to Multiplayer (Windows / Mac OS)
Step 1. Find a game server
In order to connect to a Minecraft multiplayer game, you must find a suitable game server. The servers cannot be found from within the Minecraft game itself - this is done through a web browser. There are several sites that have server listings, and many popular servers have their own websites. Here are some sites where you can find server listings:
- MinecraftForum.net Server section
- PlanetMinecraft.com Server section
Step 2. Find the IP address of the server
It looks like this: "mc.wubcraft.com" or "188.8.131.52". Sometimes the port is also indicated, for example, like this: ": 25565".
Step 3. Determine if this server is right for you
You need to choose a server according to some parameters. Different servers can be very different, but most of them have descriptions that you can read. Take a look at the following important points before choosing a server:
- Game type. Many servers offer to play standard Minecraft, but there are servers with all kinds of game modes, from "capture the flag" to "role-playing".
- Whitelist. If the server has a whitelist, then only registered users can connect to it. This means that you need to create an account on the server site in order to connect to it.
- The number of players. This is the number of users who are currently connected to the server, as well as the maximum number of players. Keep in mind that you won't actually be able to play with all of these people. Servers divide large groups of players into smaller ones.
- Player versus player (PvP). In this case, players can fight against each other. It will be difficult for you to play on such a server if you are new to this game.
- Working hours. This is the time during which the server is available. If you plan on playing a lot, find a server that has at least 95% uptime.
Step 4. Copy the IP address of the server to connect to it
The IP address can be found in the server list. An IP address is a group of letters and / or numbers separated by periods. Highlight the address and copy it to the clipboard.
Step 5. Check the version of the game on the server
Very often servers offer to play old versions of Minecraft, as it takes a while for the server to update the game to the latest version. Remember / write down the Minecraft version on the server of your choice.
Step 6. Before starting the game, launch Minecraft Launcher
Pay attention to the Minecraft version displayed in the lower right corner of the screen. If it differs from the version of the game offered on the server of your choice, please edit your profile to load the correct version.
- Click "Edit Profile" (in the lower left corner).
- In the drop-down menu, click "Use version" and select the version of the game offered on the server. Click "Save Profile" to save your changes.
- Consider creating a new profile specifically for playing on the server. If you want to connect to several different servers that support different versions of the game, you can create separate profiles for each of those servers. This will make it much easier to connect to servers.
Step 7. Start Minecraft and click "Multiplayer"
The multiplayer menu will open.
Step 8. Click "Add Server"
The "Edit Server Information" window appears.
Step 9. Paste the server IP address in the Server Address field
In the Server Name field, enter the server name (you can enter anything you want, but the actual server name will help you avoid confusion).
- Click Finish to save the server information. The added server will appear in the list of games.
- If the server is not displayed, check that you entered its address correctly.
Step 10. Select a server and click "Connect to Server"
Minecraft will try to connect to the server and load the game world. If you receive a message that the server supports a different version of the game, make sure you select the correct version in your profile menu.
Step 11. Start playing
Most servers will display a welcome screen first. There you will find rules and instructions for using the server, as well as information on how to join other players.
- When playing on a public server, do not destroy what has been done by other players. This is considered rude behavior and you will most likely be denied access to most public servers.
- Follow the server rules. You will enjoy the game if each user observes certain rules. Rules vary from server to server, so be sure to read the information on the welcome screen or on the server website.
Step 12. Chat with other players
To do this, press "T". A chat window will open where you can enter your messages. Remember that playing on public servers, you are communicating with strangers, so do not give out personal information.
Method 2 of 5: Connect to Multiplayer (Mobile)
Step 1. Launch a web browser on your device
You can play Minecraft PE with other people by connecting to Minecraft PE servers. Use a mobile web browser to find these servers. These servers support different versions and game modes. On the following sites you will find lists of popular servers:
Step 2. Compare the parameters of the servers
Most server listing sites provide detailed information about each server, including game modes, number of players, server location, and more. Use this information to find the server that suits your needs.
Pay attention to the version of the game supported by the server. Minecraft Pocket Edition will not allow you to set the version of the game yourself, so you can only connect to those servers that support the version of the game installed on your device. Most servers are updated to the latest version within 24 hours
Step 3. Pay attention to the server address and port number
The server address is a group of letters and / or numbers separated by periods. The port number is separated from the address by a colon (:).
Step 4. Open the Minecraft PE application and click Play
A list of your game worlds will open.
Step 5. Click "Change" (in the upper right corner)
Step 6. Click "External" and then click "Add Server"
This will allow you to enter information about the server.
Step 7. Enter the server details
This needs to be done on specific lines. Then click "Add Server" to add it to the list.
- Server name. Enter the server name (whatever you want) so that you can easily identify the server.
- "Address". Enter the IP address.
- "Port". Enter the port number. The port number is located immediately after the server address, after a colon (:).
Step 8. Click on the added server to connect to it
Minecraft will try to connect to the server. Once connected, you will be taken to a welcome screen.
- If you are unable to connect, several different factors may be causing this. You will not be able to connect if the server is full, and you will not receive any message informing you of this. If the server is not available, you will not be able to connect. You will also not be able to connect if your username has another player already connected to the server.
- You can change your username by opening the Minecraft PE main menu and clicking Settings.
Step 9. Register on the server, if necessary
Some servers will ask you to register before you can start playing. Follow the instructions on the screen to register your email address with the server. You will need to open an email sent from the server to your email address.
Method 3 of 5: Playing over a Local Area (LAN) Network
Step 1. Make sure all computers are connected to the same local network
Minecraft will allow you to connect to multiplayer if all players are connected to the same local network.
- If you are at home, then most likely all computers are connected to the same network. This is a little more complicated with school or work computers. Find detailed information on setting up a local network on the Internet.
- You can use VPN (Virtual Private Network) to connect multiple remote computers to the same network. This is useful when playing together with users in different locations (without having to create a server). Read this article for details on setting up a VPN.
Step 2. Make sure all users have the same version of Minecraft installed
This is required in order to connect to a multiplayer game. Determine on which computer the game will run, and then use the profile editor on other computers to set one version of the game.
- Launch Minecraft Launcher and click Edit Profile.
- Select the version of the game you want from the Use Version menu.
Step 3. Start the game on one of the computers
This computer will be called the "host" and should be a very powerful computer. On the host, load one of your single player game worlds.
Step 4. Press to open the pause menu
After downloading the game world, you can open it to all users connected to the same local network.
Step 5. Click "Open on local network"
The multiplayer setup process will start and a new menu will open.
Step 6. Select the multiplayer game mode
It can be Survival, Adventure, Creativity. Also here you can enable and disable the ability to enter cheat codes.
Step 7. Click "Create Online World" to start multiplayer game
Other users on your network will now be able to connect to your game.
Step 8. Launch Minecraft on the second computer
Make sure the computer is connected to the network and has the same version of Minecraft as the host.
Step 9. Click "Multiplayer" in the main Minecraft menu
Minecraft will scan the network for any active games. The host is displayed in the list.
If the host is not displayed, click "Connect Manually" and then enter the IP address of the host. Read this article for details on finding a host's IP address
Step 10. Select the game (on the host) and click "Connect to Server"
The screen above the game will display “Networked World”. Once connected to the host, you will see the game world and be able to start playing.
Step 11. Teleport the players closer to the main player (who sits at the host computer)
Once connected to the game, users will find that they are quite far from the main player (especially if the main player has already started exploring the world). The main player can teleport other players to play together.
- On the host, press T to open the chat window, and then type / tp PlayerName HostName. This will teleport the player named PlayerName to the main player. Repeat this process for each player.
- Make sure each player sleeps in bed in their new location. This ensures that in the event of a player's death, he will be revived in this place.
Method 4 of 5: Create a Server
Step 1. Download the Minecraft server files to the computer that will act as the server
The Minecraft server will allow you to create a permanent game world that you and your friends can connect to. Such a server will be a private server so that only your friends can connect to it; also on such a server you can install mods. In this case, your computer must be constantly turned on and connected to the Internet.
- Minecraft server files can be downloaded for free from minecraft.net/download. Download minecraft_server. X. X. X.exe.
- This section describes how to quickly create a server on a Windows computer. Instructions for creating a server on Linux or OS X and manually creating a server on Windows can be found here.
Step 2. Create a server folder to install the server files into
Create such a folder on your desktop (or somewhere else) and name it "Minecraft Server" (or similarly). Copy the file minecraft_server. X. X. X.exe to this folder.
Step 3. Start the server program
Two files will be created in the folder, and the program will automatically close.
Step 4. Open the file
eula.txt. You can find this file in the Minecraft Server folder.
Step 5. Modify
eula = fasse to eula = true. Save changes and close the file. By doing this you agree to the terms of the Minecraft server program.
Step 6. Run the server program again
If a Windows Firewall window opens, click "Allow Access". Many other files will be created in the Minecraft Server folder. Close the server program window.
Step 7. Right click on the file
server.properties and select Open With. Select "Notepad" from the menu. The server configuration file will open.
Step 8. Find the line
white-list = false. Replace it with white-list = true. This will create a whitelist where you will add trusted players. Users not on this list will not be able to connect to your server.
In this file you can make other changes to the game settings, but for now save the file and close it
Step 9. Start the server and add players to the whitelist
Do this with the following command: whitelist add PlayerName.
Step 10. Forward port 25565 so that other players can connect to your server
You have created a server and a whitelist with the names of your friends. Now you need to set up your router to allow your friends to connect to the server and access the game.
- Open the router's configuration window. To do this, enter the address 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.2.1 in your web browser. The address may be different depending on the router model.
- You must enter the username and password of the administrator of the router. In the documentation for your router, find the username and password to access the default settings (if you have not changed the username and password).
- Open the Port Forwarding section. It can be located in the "Advanced" or "Administrator" section.
- Create a new rule using the IP address of the server computer. Forward port 25565 for TCP and UDP.
- For more information on opening ports, read this article.
Step 11. Open Google on the server computer and enter
my ip. The public IP address of your computer will be displayed. Copy this address or write it down. Share the address with your friends so they can use it to connect to the server.
Note: If you have a dynamic IP, it will change sometimes. In this case, tell your friends your new IP address. You can choose not to do this if you create a dynamic DNS. To do this, you will need to create an account on a paid service that will automatically redirect users entering your domain name to your current IP address
Step 12. Connecting to your server
You have created a server, whitelisted and forwarded ports. Your friends will now be able to connect to your server using the IP address you gave them, but you will have to use a different IP address.
Open the multiplayer menu in Minecraft. Your server should appear in the list of games; otherwise, click Add Server. If you are playing on a server computer, enter 127.0.0.1. If you are sitting at another computer connected to the same network, enter the IP address of the local server (the one you used for port forwarding). If you are sitting at a computer connected to a different network, enter the IP address of the public server
Method 5 of 5: Split Screen Play (Xbox / PlayStation)
Step 1. Make sure you are playing on a high definition TV (HDTV)
In order to split the screen, the resolution of the TV must be at least 720p; you also need an HDMI cable.
Step 2. Create a new game world or load an existing one
Uncheck the box next to "Online game".
Step 3. Press "Run" on the second controller
A connection window will open.
Step 4. Select the profile of the second player
If not, create a new profile.
Step 5. Repeat the described process if there are other players
You can play with up to four players at the same time (but no more).
- If some players are behaving defiantly, ask them not to do it or switch to another server. On most public servers, the moderator monitors players who violate the rules of the game and the server. Only people you know (your friends) are on the private server, so you can sort out any misunderstanding together.
- Try to avoid griefers. These are players who enjoy destroying things created by other players for no apparent reason. If there are a lot of griefers on the server of your choice, please switch to another server.
- However, if you love chaos and are a griefer yourself, play on a server that supports Player versus Player. At the same time, remember that other players will take revenge on you.
- Some servers include plugins that are not available in single player games. See the "Warnings" section about anti-grief plugins.
- Some mods that you use in your client will also work on multiplayer servers. You can check this by running the mod in multiplayer mode.
- Some mods like TMI and X-Ray are not accepted on multiplayer servers. This is because such mods allow you to get resources and items in a roundabout way. If you use such plugins, you will be denied access to the server.
- Connect to public servers at your own risk. Before connecting, read the server rules, learn how to communicate with the moderator and administrator, and check the reviews about this server.
- Every time you interact with players you don't know, you run the risk of facing a bad and unpleasant person. If this happens, don't be discouraged. You can talk to a moderator and ask him to help you; until then, try not to communicate with this player. Unfortunately, this behavior is common in Minecraft; therefore, many plugins have been created to combat griefers and spammers. Such plugins will be enabled by default (if any). Read the server rules to learn how to use them.