Step-by-Step: Creating Minecraft Multiplayer Servers for Mac Users
28 January 2022
Step 1: Check System Requirements:
Before starting the server creation process, ensure that your Mac meets the system requirements for running a Minecraft server. These requirements include a compatible Mac model, sufficient RAM, and a stable internet connection.
Step 2: Download Minecraft Server Software:
Visit the official Minecraft website (https://www.minecraft.net/) and navigate to the "Download" section. Look for the server software for the Java Edition of Minecraft. Download the server software by clicking on the appropriate link for macOS.
Step 3: Create a Dedicated Server Folder:
Choose a location on your Mac where you want to store the server files. Create a dedicated folder for the server to keep everything organized. For example, you can create a folder named "Minecraft Server" on your desktop or in the Applications folder.
Step 4: Open Terminal:
Open the Terminal application on your Mac. You can find it in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder. Alternatively, you can use the Spotlight search feature (Cmd + Space) to quickly search for "Terminal".
Step 5: Navigate to the Server Folder:
In the Terminal, navigate to the server folder you created using the "cd" command followed by the path to the server folder. For example, if your server folder is located on your desktop, you would enter the following command: "cd ~/Desktop/Minecraft\ Server".
Step 6: Run the Minecraft Server:
In the Terminal, enter the following command to run the Minecraft server software: "java -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -jar server.jar nogui". This command starts the server with 1GB of RAM allocation. Adjust the "1024M" value to allocate more or less RAM to the server, depending on your system's capabilities.
Step 7: Agree to the EULA:
When you run the server for the first time, it will generate configuration files, including the End User License Agreement (EULA) file. Open the "eula.txt" file in a text editor and change "eula=false" to "eula=true". Save the changes to confirm your acceptance of the EULA.
Step 8: Customize Server Settings (Optional):
To customize the server settings, open the "server.properties" file in a text editor. Here, you can modify various aspects such as server name, game rules, player limits, and more. Save the changes when you are done.
Step 9: Port Forwarding (Optional):
If you want to make your server accessible to players outside your local network, you may need to configure port forwarding on your router. Refer to your router's documentation or consult online resources for specific instructions on port forwarding.
Step 10: Share Server IP Address:
Once your server is up and running, players can connect to it using your Mac's IP address. To find your Mac's IP address, go to System Preferences > Network and select the active network connection. Share the IP address with your friends or community members to invite them to join your server.