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How to Create a Minecraft Server Without Hamachi or Port Forwarding

Minecraft is a popular sandbox game that allows players to build and explore virtual worlds. One exciting aspect of Minecraft is playing with friends on a dedicated server. However, setting up a Minecraft server can be daunting for beginners, especially when it involves complex processes like port forwarding or using Hamachi. Here's a simple method to create a Minecraft server without the need for Hamachi or port forwarding.

First, download the Minecraft server software from the official website and choose the latest stable release for your operating system. Then, create a new folder on your computer where you want to store your server files. This folder will contain all the necessary files for running the server.

Next, open the downloaded server software and run it. This will create some initial server files in the folder you created. Open the newly created folder and locate the “server.properties” file. Customize the server settings in this file using a text editor according to your preferences, such as the server name, game mode, difficulty level, and other parameters.

Although this method doesn't involve manual port forwarding, you still need to forward the Minecraft port to allow your friends to join your server. Many modern routers have UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) feature that automatically forwards the necessary ports. Make sure UPnP is enabled in your router settings.

To share your server with friends, you need to share your public IP address with them. You can easily find your IP address by searching “What is my IP” on any search engine. Share this IP address with your friends, and they can join your server by entering it in the Minecraft multiplayer menu.

Sometimes, the firewall on your computer may block incoming connections to the Minecraft server. To ensure your friends can connect without any issues, add an exception to your firewall settings to allow incoming connections for the Minecraft server software.

Once everything is set up, go back to the server folder and run the server software again. The server will start running, and you will see a console displaying server information. You can join your server by launching Minecraft, selecting multiplayer, and entering “localhost” in the server address field.

Additional information is provided in the form of frequently asked questions. These include playing on the same computer, running a Minecraft server on a laptop, number of players that can join, modifying server settings, requirements for running a server, installing mods or plugins, backing up server files, running a server on a VPS, and keeping a server running 24/7.

By following these steps, you can easily create a Minecraft server without the need for Hamachi or port forwarding. Enjoy playing with your friends and exploring the limitless possibilities of Minecraft!