How Can I Play With My Friend on a Private Minecraft Server?


Angela Bailey

Playing Minecraft with friends on a private server is a great way to have fun and collaborate on building amazing structures. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of setting up a private Minecraft server and invite your friends to join you. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Downloading Minecraft Server

To begin, you’ll need to download the Minecraft server software from the official Minecraft website. Make sure to choose the correct version for your operating system.

Step 2: Setting Up the Server

Once the download is complete, create a new folder on your computer where you want to store the server files. Move the downloaded server file into this folder.

Note: It’s important to keep your server files organized in one location for easy access and management.

Configuring Server Properties

To configure your server’s properties, open the server folder and locate the file. You can open it with any text editor.

Note: The file allows you to customize various aspects of your server, such as game mode, difficulty level, and maximum number of players. Make sure to save any changes before proceeding.

Step 3: Port Forwarding

In order for your friends to connect to your private Minecraft server, you’ll need to set up port forwarding on your router. This allows incoming connections from external devices.

Note: Port forwarding can vary depending on your router model and manufacturer. Refer to your router’s manual or manufacturer’s website for specific instructions.

Finding Your Internal IP Address

To set up port forwarding, you’ll need to know your computer’s internal IP address. Here’s how you can find it:

  1. Open the command prompt (Windows) or terminal (Mac).
  2. Type ipconfig (Windows) or ifconfig (Mac) and press Enter.
  3. Look for the line that says “IPv4 Address” or “inet”. The value next to it is your internal IP address.

Setting Up Port Forwarding

Access your router’s settings by entering its IP address in a web browser. This information is usually found on the back of your router.

Navigate to the port forwarding section and add a new rule:

  • Service Name: Minecraft Server
  • Internal IP Address: Enter your computer’s internal IP address.
  • Internal Port: Leave this field blank or enter the default Minecraft server port, which is usually 25565.
  • External Port: Enter any port number you prefer, but make sure it’s not already in use.
  • Protocol: Both TCP and UDP

Note: Save the changes and restart your router for the new settings to take effect.

Step 4: Inviting Friends to Join

Your private Minecraft server is now ready! To invite your friends to join, follow these steps:

  1. Inform your friends of your external IP address. You can find this by searching “What is my IP” on any search engine.
  2. Launch Minecraft on your computer and click on “Multiplayer” in the main menu.
  3. Click on “Add Server” and enter a name for your server.
  4. Enter your external IP address in the “Server Address” field.
  5. Click “Done” to save the server information.
  6. Select your server from the list and click “Join Server”.

Note: Your friends should follow these steps to join your private Minecraft server. Make sure your server is running when they try to connect.


If your friends are unable to connect, double-check these common issues:

  • Firewall Settings: Ensure that your firewall allows incoming connections on the port you specified for Minecraft.
  • Correct IP Address: Make sure you provided the correct external IP address to your friends.
  • Port Forwarding: Verify that you correctly configured port forwarding on your router.

Congratulations! You have successfully set up a private Minecraft server and invited your friends to play with you. Enjoy building, exploring, and creating together!

Note: It’s always a good idea to regularly back up your server files to prevent any potential data loss.

We hope this tutorial was helpful. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to reach out. Happy gaming!

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