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How To Host A Minecraft Server On Digital Ocean

Minecraft is a game all about creativity, exploration, and survival in an infinite procedurally generated world. If the PC gaming scene has somehow passed you by, I’ll give you a quick overview. Minecraft is a sandbox game where the player can build almost anything they want using cubic blocks. It doesn’t have explicit goals but there are plenty of challenges for players to explore that are created in the game. These challenges range from building monuments to completing complex puzzles; all while trying not to die of starvation or fall into lava.

If you want to get your friends on board with this awesome game, here’s how to set up your own server on Digital Ocean!


What is Minecraft


Minecraft is a sandbox video game that was first released in 2009. It’s all about exploration and creativity.


Setting Up a Server

If you’re interested in hosting your own Minecraft server, there are a few steps you’ll need to take. The first step is to purchase the game (because, really, what’s a game without the game?) and then create at least one account for each person.

Once your friends have their own account set up, you’ll want to go through the following steps:

1) Connect to the Digital Ocean Control Panel

2) Create an Ubuntu 12.04 VPS with 4GB of RAM

3) Log into the Ubuntu 12.04 VPS machine

4) Install Java 7 Update 51+ \

5) Add JAVA_HOME variable in /etc/profile or /home/user/.bashrc file

6) Install screen by typing sudo apt-get install screen

7) Download wget by typing sudo apt-get install wget

8 ) Type cd ~ and press Enter

9) Type mkdir tmp && cd tmp && wget -O minecraft_server.jar


Choosing Your Server Name and Location

Minecraft gives you a limited amount of space in which to build in, but with a server you can have an infinite world. There are a few different things to consider when deciding what type of server to run:

* Server Name

* Location

* Size

* Operating System

An advantage of running your own server is that you can customize it however you want. You don’t have to worry about being limited by the types of worlds that Minecraft offers. And if your friends want to join, just show them how easy it is to set up their own server!


Installing the Software

To start out, you’ll need to go to the Minecraft website and download the game. You’ll have to create a Minecraft account to do this, but if you don’t have one yet, the process is painless.

Minecraft will take about an hour or so to install on your computer. Once it’s done downloading, you can run the program by clicking on its icon on your desktop.


Configuring the Software 

First, you’ll need to download the Minecraft server software. This can be done by going to your Minecraft folder and using the “run java -jar” command.

The next step is to configure the server. The configuration file for this server is located in config/eula.txt and needs to be edited so that it has a line containing “eula=true”.

Next, we’ll need to edit the file called “startup.bat” in the same directory as the Minecraft server software, which tells Windows how to launch it. You will want to change this file so that it starts your Minecraft server with the following command:

java -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -cp ./bin:./conf:./lib/commons-codec:./lib/commons-lang3:./lib/log4j-over-slf4j:./lib/netty-tcnative-boringssl:./lib/netty-tcnative:./lib/netty4:./lib/lwjgl3:./lib/lwjgl3natives:./lib/lwjgl-glfw-natives:/usr/local


Starting up the Server

You can start your server with a few simple steps.

Firstly, you need to sign up to Digital Ocean and pick the Droplet size that fits your needs. When you go through this process, it will ask you to choose the image for the droplet. This is where you need to scroll down and find “Minecraft Server.”

After selecting Minecraft Server, it will then create the droplet using all of the settings that are necessary for running a server. You will be able to see these settings when setting up the server in game.



Installing a Minecraft server can be a complex process. With the right tools, planning, and patience though, you can create an amazing server for your friends, family, or even yourself.

So what are you waiting for? Give it a shot!

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