Introduction: How to Make Your Own Minecraft Server for Free

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In this instructable I will teach you how to make a Minecraft PC server for free on Windows and Mac. You can use this server to have people join you from around the world, although you'll probably only get a few friends and family unless you post your server online Now lets begin.

Step 1: Vanilla and Bukkit Servers

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Before you make a server, you need to know a few things. First of all, there are two types of servers, Bukkit and Vanilla. The main difference is that is you want a private server with a few friends, choose Vanilla. If you want a public server which can get briefed (destroyed) and spammed and stuff, then you want a bukkit server. Either way I'll teach you how to make both.

Step 2: Downloading Vanilla Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP

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First you'll need to create a folder called "Minecraft_Server" or something that can tell you this will be your Minecraft server folder. Now from here you can either download the .exe file or the .jar file. .exe is easier and I don't really know the difference between them, but if for some reason your just a .jar guy, then Im sorry but you can find another tutorial for the jar file. First, go to, and under Multiplayer Server, click on minecraft_server1.7.10.exe. That will start the download. Place the file in your Minecraft_Server folder. Run the file and it should load up all the worlds and stuff. After it says "Done!", you can close it. Next, you'll have to set yourself as an operator (op). To do this, look at the other files in your Minecraft_Server folder and find "ops.txt." Type in your Minecraft username and you will become an op. If you want to more people, press enter, and then add their username.




Next open with notepad (this is very important you do it with notepad or another similar application) and change spawn-monsters=false to spawn-monsters=true. Now to join your server you'll need to find your ip address. I don't know how to find it on Windows, but it is probably is some system settings or network settings. Normally you would just type localhost into the multiplayer server, but other people not on the same Wi-Fi network can do that. So to get other people to join, you need to forward the port. To do that, go to After that, tell some friends your ip address, and they are ready to join you.

NOTE: You will need to keep the file running while playing on your server or if you are going to leave your server on.

Step 3: Downloading Bukkit Software for Windows

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Downloading Bukkit is very similar to Vanilla. First create that Minecraft_Server folder. Next go to: "" and that will start the download. Rename the file to "craftbukkit.jar". Open Notepad and paste in:



java -Xmx1G -Xms1G -jar craftbukkit.jar


Look at the picture above to see how it will really look. Save the file as "startserver.bat" and move it into the folder you created in the beginning. Open startserver.bat and it will load up all the necessary components.\

NOTE: You will need to keep startserver.bat running while playing on your server or if you intend to leave it on.

Step 4: Downloading Vanilla Software on Mac

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Create a folder on your Mac called "Minecraft_Server" or anything that will remind you this is your server folder. Go to and download minecraft_server1.7.10.jar which is under Multiplayer Server. Place the file into the your Minecraft server folder. Open textedit > Format > Make Plain Text and paste in:

cd "$(dirname "$0")"

exec java -Xmx1G -Xms1G -jar minecraft_server.jar

Again I'll show a picture showing how it will look. Save the file as startserver.command, and place it into the same folder. Next, open Terminal which you can find in spotlight or launchpad. Then paste in "chmod a+x " (the space is intended). Then drag in the startserver.command into the window and press enter. Open the file and the worlds and stuff will load up.

Note: You need to keep the file running to play on your server or intend to keep it on.

Step 5: Downloding Bukkit Software for Mac

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Again make a folder for your Minecraft Server. Then go to: "". That'll start the download. Rename that file "craftbukkit.jar". Open TextEdit and make it plain text and paste in:


cd "$( dirname "$0" ) "

java -Xmx1G -Xms1G -jar craftbukkit.jar

Save the file as startserver.command and put it into the the folder we made in the beginning. Open Terminal which you can find in spotlight or launchpad and paste in chmod a+x, then drag the startserver.command into the window. It should show up the name of the file after you put it in. Hit enter. Finally, open the startserver.command and all the stuff will load up.

Step 6: Conclusion

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Now you know the two ways to make a server on Mac and Windows. I hope this instructable helped and if you have any questions or comments, leave them below and I will reply as soon as possible. Remember to like and subscribe and if you have a cool server you want me to join, I would happily. Just PM me your ip. Hope this helps.


BukkiOkazaki (author)2017-06-05

If you need a minecraft server same you would recommend a cheap 2 usd is very little so I leave the web site:

LucasS159 (author)2016-11-26

type ip config in command prompt for ip

Ron Levenberg (author)LucasS1592017-04-24

On Windows, ipconfig will tell you your IP address. On Linux, ifconfig will do the same.

FakeRedShift (author)2017-02-28

the link doesnt work.

The trailing comma is not part of the URL. Use this:

Then, under PLAY WITH YOUR FRIENDS, click on the set up your own Minecraft server link.

DawnS49 (author)2016-01-08

This doesn't work! IT says the website Minecraftnet/download does not exist. Please help!

Ron Levenberg (author)DawnS492017-04-24

The trailing comma is not part of the URL. Use this:

Then, under PLAY WITH YOUR FRIENDS, click on the set up your own Minecraft server link.

LucasS159 (author)DawnS492016-11-26


valla1 (author)DawnS492016-07-06

Thats because this is a survey scam DO NOT TRUST

RufetQ (author)valla12016-10-25

He sad trues

CatsO (author)DawnS492016-07-06

ikr its so wierd

Im_Owner (author)DawnS492016-04-21

How to create Server :)

Alan W.G (author)DawnS492016-01-11

im pretty sure you missed a dot

BruhItsCats made it! (author)2017-03-10

this is me and my bf

BruhItsCats (author)2017-03-10

nothing works!

RezleanuL (author)2016-12-29

you not to wait for downlad

RezleanuL (author)2016-12-29

wait to premium ?

princesspinkshoes (author)2016-12-21

I'm not downloading anything soo no

s8697421 made it! (author)2016-12-19


bombo_travis (author)2016-12-09

help this is too hard for me i don't understand what i need to do

lulu2206123 (author)2016-11-23

I don't understand

TrickOr_Brooklyn (author)2016-11-08



PiggyOVdoom (author)2016-10-27

im so confused do i clicke download now

IanSTDM (author)2016-09-28

it dosent work..

TeenageNetwork01 (author)2016-08-22

Can i get a server on minecraft named 'Mineplex'

bleutetth (author)2016-07-06

how do we make a minecarft server folder

valla1 (author)2016-07-06

The Bukit link does NOT work that link is just to promote advertisments since the website doesn't exist!!!

dimitri99 (author)2016-06-13

If you’re an avid Minecraft player, you know that setting up a server can take considerable time and technical knowledge. If you happen to be someone who is not well-versed when it comes to computer or networking, this can be a problem unless you have clear instructions guiding you through the process. For that, I would suggest visiting . You can’t get anything clearer than their guide!

valla1 (author)dimitri992016-07-06

That link is a VIRUS and SCAM DO NOT TRUST IT

Itz_Just_FireI (author)2016-07-01

What about plugins?

JasminA5 (author)2016-06-25

you guys r awesome

Jasmine99 (author)2016-06-22

You can create a minecraft account really easily using this tool here:

They do all the setup and its free. Got my minecraft server up and running in under an hour. Hope it helps :)

RamiB5 (author)2016-06-19

Watch this link for more details.

RamiB5 (author)2016-06-19

Download your version of Minecraft and run forge.Click on install server and it will install for you without going on

RamiB5 (author)2016-06-19

To make your own server, you actually make it by minecraft forge

RamiB5 (author)2016-06-19

I know how to find your ip address! First, Open cmd (command prompt) and type 'ipconfig/all'. Know find the line that says 'IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : Your IP'.

That's how you find your ip.

This is for windows computer.

Baycat (author)2016-06-16

i do not now how to do this?

EricL188 (author)2016-06-01

Great tutorial on how to add your own minecraft server. I wonder if this site has tried it -->

xXMCPEGamerXx (author)2016-05-31

i dunno these steps!

xXMCPEGamerXx (author)2016-05-31

i dunno these steps!

Angelacaldwell (author)2016-05-30

how do you get the wi-fi bar?

KoresN (author)2016-05-29

i love your name!!!

Tizonlaguda (author)2016-05-25


JorgieS (author)2016-05-09

hey so i did all what you told me to do and im on a mac so i put everything in and then launched it but then it said that i didn't have the right privileges and stuff but i did everything right PLEASE HELP

M_Gord (author)2016-04-25

Is there another link this one doesn't work for me.

KailynR (author)2016-04-24

What type of address bar I don't get this "Next, go on safari, and in the address bar, and type in your routers' address. You'll see a page asking you to login. Type in the username and password of your router in those blanks. Follow the video instructions. Then, find out your IP address."

4B-24N (author)2016-03-11

I can't do it!

Hleitzell2013 (author)4B-24N2016-04-22

I can't do it either

DylanO11 (author)2016-04-19

11574877487696871516916715709097147710 is the answer ;)

LydiaW5 (author)2016-04-06

But I don't want to make a vanilla or bucket server.. I want one open to everyone but can't get destroyed. This is useless

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