Got Game? How to Host Your Own Game Server with No-IP

For anyone who plays video games, you are aware of the advantages of running your own game server, (not to mention how cool it will make you among your friends) but you may not know how easy it actually is.  Hosting your own video game server isn’t as daunting of a task as it may sound.  Follow these simple instructions and get started today!

1. If you haven’t already, create and activate a No-IP account.
2. Add a Host to your account

Now you’re ready to fill in the details of your new hostname. Here are the steps to deal with the items on this screen:

3. Fill in the Hostname: box with a name of your choosing. It can be anything you like. If you choose a name that’s already in use, an error will be generated and you can then try a different hostname. Since hostnames are unique per domain, you can try using the same hostname and just select a different domain from the dropdown box below to see if that combination is available.

4. Select an available domain from the dropdown box. Note that certain domains are reserved for No-IP Enhanced customers only.

5. Choose the the Host Type. The default choice, DNS Host A, is usually the correct one. Do not choose any of the other host types unless you’re trying to solve a particular problem that a DNS A record won’t accommodate. If your ISP blocks Port 80 for example, and you’re trying to run a webserver or other service on port 80, then you can choose Port 80 Redirect (at that point you’ll be asked to specify the port to use for the redirection).

6. In the field marked IP Address: you should already see your current IP address. If you wish to set the IP address of the host to be somewhere other than your current location, you can enter that address now.

7. When you have filled in the information for your new hostname, simply click the “Create Host” button at the bottom of the page to save it.

8. Download the No-IP Dynamic Update Client. (If your ISP provides you with a static IP address, you can skip this step)

9. If you use a router to connect to the internet and/or have a firewall in place on your computer, you will need to make sure that it is configured to direct the appropriate traffic from the internet into the destination machine on your network. This is done using a router function called Port Forwarding. You can use any port or whatever is specified by the game software. Just be sure that the ports match at the firewall/router. You can visit PortForward.com for step-by-step guides on port forwarding for your specific router.

10. Next, verify that your router and firewall are setup correctly, you can visit our website at www.canyouseeme.org.

11. You’re Done! As long as the port is visible and your hostname resolves back to your network you should be ready to have your friends join you online to play your favorite video game!

It is important to note that depending on which game you are playing, it will either ask for the hostname and port separately, or it will just ask for the host. You may have to have your friends connect as host.domain.com:portnumber

If you run into trouble, be sure to check our Online Support Guides for helpful information, or leave your questions and comments below!

22 Comments.
  1. Tried it and it worked. Thanks for the info.

  2. ullknow

    means that my server (CS) will run itself even though i shut down my pc ??

  3. hello, I’, not sure if it’s working or not coz my server is running, but I have a question, Does people still connect in my server if I’m logged off in no-ip website? like if I don’t sign in? and also if I don’t run my no-ip program, can they still connect to my server?

    • You do not have to be logged in to your No-IP account on our website in order for people to connect to your server. If you are on a dynamic IP address and want people to always be able to connect to your server then yes, you must have the No-IP Dynamic Update Client running at all times. If it is not running and your IP address changes, people will not be able to reach your server.

  4. D

    Alright I’m sorry if this is dumb question, but can I use an local IP address, like 192.168.1.99?

    Or do I have to use the External address that they originally gave to me?_

  5. My IP add is static, it doesn’t change at all.. So that means I don’t need to login to no-ip right? as long as i have an account in no-ip and it got my ip address… people can still connect in my server even if I don’t login?

    • If you are a free user of No-IP, you will need to log in to your No-IP account and update your host every 30 days to confirm that the host is still active.

  6. and also what IP address should i give to my friends in order for them to connect? is it my WAN IP address or my IP address shown in ipconfig

    • You’re going to want to use the external IP address to update your host since only devices inside your network can see your 192.168.x.x address. You will want to find out what port your game server uses so that you can forward it to the computer hosting the game. For your friends to connect you will give them the host that you created. It will resolve to your current public IP address if you are updating it with the No-IP DUC or DDNS device.

  7. Best_7

    I have a problem, I’m using a USB Modem, A “Smartfren Connex AC682 UI” It’s Indonesian Modem, Can you help me by telling it port? I can;t find the port. Pleaseee….. I’m begging you. Thank you
    I use No-Ip for Minecraft :D
    I got a Server but can;t work without knowing my port O.O
    Please answer it fast, Thank you!

  8. saikat

    Error: I could not see your service on 117.194.96.92 on port (80)
    Reason: Connection timed out

    what to do now????

    i eagerly want to host a cs server pls reply

  9. garry

    it wont let me add a host

  10. robert

    I’ve been able to host with no-ip without any problems for some time. The only issue I have is that anybody within my local network can’t connect to the server when its hosted on no-ip. Is there anyway to get them to connect to my server?

  11. Thanks NO-IP!
    I wanted to own mine own minecraft server,i was looking for free hosting, and finnaly found one
    I finnaly can run minecraft server withotu hamachi, THANKS AGAIN :D !

  12. phoenix

    i can host any mmprong game like world of warcraft or perfect world here?

  13. Working good on my ubuntu pc but As I wanted to setup a minecraft server on mac I just couldn’t find a proper info on the subject.

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