<p><br/> It is not hard to see that Minecraft's appeal comes from its ability to be played online with friends. There is no limit to how much fun you can have in Minecraft. <a href=""></a> Private servers allow friends to have fun in a safe digital environment without having to worry about strangers and other factors affecting their enjoyment of Minecraft.<br/></p><br/><p><br/> You'll need to ensure you have the most recent versions of Java and Minecraft installed before you can host your friends on your personal server. Click on the launcher to install the game and wait for it to update automatically. Java can be found here. Follow the prompts on screen and click "Agree to Continue". If nothing happens, your Java is up-to-date.<br/></p><br/><p><br/> Next, create a folder on your computer's desktop so as to easily find all the files you're about to download. Go here and click on "minecraft_server.1.12.2.jar" to begin downloading the file. Make sure that you place it into the desktop folder you just created.<br/></p><br/><p><br/> Once the JAR file exists, create a new text file within the folder. If you are unsure how to do this, click on "Home" in the folder window and then "New Item" under the "New" section. You should be able to create your text document via the drop-down menu.<br/></p><br/><p><br/> Copy the highlighted text from the JAR file. Copy the command and paste it in the new text file. Once you're done, make sure the red text appears in the file. Save the text file as an AT file.<br/></p><br/><p><br/> Beside your JAR file should now appear an image with a couple of gears in it. Double-click on your newly created BAT file to prompt the creation of your very own Minecraft private server. Several files will be created once the server has completed manifesting itself.<br/></p><br/><p><br/> There should be one text file named "eula" now. Click on this to bring up Notepad. By changing the text that reads "eula=false” into "eula=true", you can confirm that you have accepted the End User License Agreement. Then, save the document and close it. Double-click your BAT file to allow your server setup resume. If prompted, click "Allow access" to complete the process.<br/></p><br/><p><br/> Now it's time for you to connect to your server and start playing! Open Minecraft the same way as before and click "Play." Click "Multiplayer," then select "Direct Connect" towards the bottom. You will see a text field that allows you to enter "localhost" in it. After that, click on "Join Server". You can now browse to your heart's delight on the server you're hosting.<br/></p><br/><p><br/> This would be much more enjoyable if friends were involved. You must first ensure that port forwarding is enabled on the router or that an exception has been made in your firewall to invite them to your private servers. Open your router's page, and click on "Port Forwarding". You can create a new rule, such as "Minecraft", that you will remember. Make sure that your protocol is set to "TCP" and set up the entry and exit port as 25565. Save your router and reboot it if necessary.<br/></p><br/><p><br/> Click here to find your public IP Address. As anyone can access your game with this address, make sure you only give it to trusted people. To invite your friends to join your private server, send your IP information. If they're not sure how exactly to do this, have them click on "Multiplayer," then "Direct Connect," then enter the IP address you just gave them. Soon after, you should be able see them join your game.<br/></p><br/><p><br/> There you have it. You should only give your IP address to people you trust. Now, you can enjoy your private server with your friends. Twinfinite offers more helpful guides.<br/></p>

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