How to turn your Windows- based computer into a MineCraft Server.
Complete step by step process for configuring your MineCraft Server.
First, we will need three things:
Step One: You will first need to download the MineCraft Server software
After downloading, be sure to save the server software.
Find the server software in your downloads folder and install.
Step two: Once you have downloaded the software you will need to install the software onto your computer or server. The program should look like this:
Step Three: You will need to port forward port 25565 to the internal IP address of your server in your router.
By default, the MineCraft server uses port 25565. You will need to port forward port 25565 to the internal IP address of your server/computer in your router.
If you need help port forwarding we like to refer our customers to portforward.com (you can disregard their advertisement). There you can enter in the make and model number of your router and the device/application/software you wish to forward. They will then provide you with step-by-step instruction guide on how to properly port forward your router.
After the port forwarding has been completed, check on www.portchecktool.com to make sure that 25565 is open and you see “Success!”
Further port forwarding help can be found in our General Port Forwarding Guide.
Step Four: You will need to make sure that we are resolving your host name to the correct external IP address. You can check your current IP address by visiting www.portchecktool.com from the network’s location. You will then need to implement a method to keep No-IP up to date with your changing IP address.
You can download our free Dynamic Update Client. This client will need to be running at all times at the network’s location. This client will then check you IP address every 5 minutes and if your IP has changed, it will automatically update that change with No-IP.
Step Five: Give your host name to a friend and see if they can connect to your MineCraft Server!
Please note if you change the port on your MineCraft server you will need to connect using host.domain.com:25566, replacing port 25566 with the port your server is using.