If your friends are on the same network as you (LAN or Wi-Fi), they can join your server by entering “localhost” in the server address bar. But to connect with players outside your local network, you’ll need to forward a port ID to your router. The process varies between manufacturers, but you can refer to your router’s user manual for details. The port ID you’re looking for is listed in the server.properties file, the “Minecraft” Wiki notes.
If all of this still sounds too daunting, you might as well avoid the trouble of hosting “Minecraft” altogether. Instead of creating the server on your machine, you can use a third-party web host. You can choose from paid and free options. Services like Minehut and Aternos generate and host your Minecraft servers for free. Up to 10 players can join, and setup is effortless; you just need to create a free account, name your server and activate it.
Paid “Minecraft” servers are more community oriented; some support unlimited players. Apex Hosting, Nodecraft, ScalaCube and Hostinger are some popular options. You can purchase storage and memory to match your desired specifications (via Apex Hosting). The services give you granular control over the “Minecraft” world, giving you control over resource packs, blocks, game mode and more. You can even save or upload a multiplayer “Minecraft” world to these services. Connecting to the server is as simple as entering the server address in the Multiplayer section.
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