How Do You Make a Private Minetest Server?


Scott Campbell

How Do You Make a Private Minetest Server?

Welcome to this comprehensive tutorial on how to create your very own private Minetest server! Whether you want to play with your friends or have complete control over your own virtual world, setting up a private server is the way to go. In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of creating a private Minetest server.


Before we dive into the setup process, ensure that you have the following:

  • A computer with a stable internet connection
  • The latest version of Minetest installed
  • A router with port forwarding capabilities
  • A static IP address for your computer (optional but recommended)

Step 1: Port Forwarding

In order for others to connect to your server, you need to configure port forwarding on your router. Here’s how:

  1. Access your router’s settings by typing its IP address in a web browser.
  2. Navigate to the port forwarding section.
  3. Add a new rule and specify the following details:
    • Service/Name: Minetest Server
    • Protocol: TCP/UDP (or both)
    • Internal IP Address: Enter the IP address of the computer running the server
    • Internal Port: Default is usually 30000, but you can change it if desired.
    • External Port: Choose any available port number (e.g., 30000).
  4. Save and apply the changes.

Step 2: Server Configuration

Now that port forwarding is set up, let’s configure your Minetest server:

  1. Launch Minetest and click on “Configure” or “Settings. “
  2. Under the “Server” tab, enter a server name and description.
  3. Set the “Port” field to the external port you specified during port forwarding (e.
  4. If you have a static IP address, enter it in the “Bind Address” field.

    Otherwise, leave it blank.

  5. Adjust other settings as desired (e., enable/disable PvP, creative mode, etc. ).
  6. Save the changes and close the configuration window.

Step 3: Starting the Server

Now it’s time to start your private Minetest server:

  1. Launch Minetest and click on “Start Game.”
  2. Select the world you want to use or create a new one.
  3. In the game options, set the game mode to “Local Server.”
  4. If everything is set up correctly, your server will start running.

Step 4: Connecting to Your Server

To join your private server from another computer:

  1. Open Minetest on another computer connected to the same network or using a different network (if your router supports external access).
  2. In the Multiplayer section, click on “Add”....
  3. Enter a name for the server and the IP address of the computer running the server.
  4. Click “Add” to save the server information.
  5. Select your server from the list and click “Join Game.”


Congratulations! You have successfully set up your own private Minetest server.

Now you can invite your friends or enjoy playing in your own virtual world. Remember to keep your server software up to date and have fun exploring all that Minetest has to offer!

Thank you for reading this tutorial. We hope you found it helpful. Happy gaming!

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