Minecraft servers make it possible to play Minecraft—the world’s most popular game—with others. If you want to play Minecraft as a multiplayer game, you need to create or connect with servers. This article on how to setup a Minecraft server with Hamachi, explains one of the ways of setting up Minecraft servers.
Hamachi or “LogMeIn Hamachi” is a free VPN application. It was created in 2004. One of its functions is to create servers for Minecraft. We can now dive into learning how to setup a Minecraft server with hamachi.
How To Prepare to Create the Server
First, you should note that creating servers on Minecraft only works for the Java version of the game on the desktop. The preparation stage consists of downloading and installing hamachi and the Minecraft server file.
Here are the steps to follow:
Download hamachi. On your web browser load the page https://www.VPN.net/ and click the green Download button at the center of the page. Doing this downloads the hamachi setup file to your computer.
Install Hamachi. On Windows, double click the setup file, select language, click Next, check the “I have read” box, then click Next and then Install. When prompted click Yes and then Finish.
For Mac users, open the zip folder, double click the hamachi setup file, click Open, then check the “I have read” box. Next click install and enter your password if prompted and finally click Finish when prompted.
Next, download the Minecraft server file by opening https://minecraft.net/en-us/download/server/ in your browser. Then click the Minecraft_server.1.16.3.jar link to download the Minecraft java edition.
Create a new folder on your computer desktop. You can name the folder “Minecraft server”.
Place the downloaded Minecraft server file in the folder. You can either click and drag the Minecraft server to the folder or copy and paste it into the folder.
After these preparation steps, you can proceed to create the server on your Windows or Mac computer.
Creating Server On Windows
These are the steps to create the hamachi server on Windows:
Download the latest versions of Minecraft and Java. Double click the Minecraft launched and wait for it to update itself if it needs updating. To update java visit https://java.com/en/download/installed.jsp and check the Agree box and continue.
It is suggested that you use internet explorer because many browsers don’t support java.
Open the Minecraft server folder and double click the server file. This will make the server file begin unpacking in the folder.
Double click the server file to allow the server files to continue unpacking.
When you see “Done” in the text at the bottom of the window, you can close the window.
You may like to read our guide on 17 Of The Best Minecraft Servers To Join in.
Creating Server On Mac
The steps for creating a server on Mac are almost identical to those involved for Windows.
Ensure you have the latest version of Minecraft and Windows. Minecraft updates itself when you double click the Minecraft launcher. To download java go to https://java.com/en/download and click the free Java download button.
Double click the Minecraft server file to make it begin unpacking in the folder.
Agree to the Minecraft server terms of service. To do this, wait till the “eula” file appears, open it in TextEdit, and change the false in the “eula=false” line to true. Save the changes using ⌘command+S. Finally, exit text edit.
Continue unpacking the Minecraft server file. Do this by double-clicking the Minecraft server file.
Close the window when the entire procedure is done.
How To Configure Hamachi
Another important step in learning how to setup a Minecraft server with hamachi is to know how to configure hamachi. The steps given below show you how.
Open hamachi. You can use the search feature to search for hamachi or LogMeIn Hamachi, then double click to open.
Turn on hamachi by clicking the power icon at the top of the hamachi window. This will prompt a login window to appear.
Sign up for hamachi. Enter your email, a password, and reenter the password in the spaces provided.
Click the Network tab at the top for the hamachi window. This will prompt a drop-down menu to appear.
Click “create a new network” and in the pop-up window type the name you want to give the server in the “Network ID” text box.
Enter a password for your server and click create.
Copy IP address. Right-click the IP address at the top of the Hamachi window and copy the ipv4 address.
Paste the IP address into the server folder. First, rename “server.properties” text file in the Minecraft server to “serveproperties” file, then open the text edit app and paste the copied IP address at the right side of the “server-ip=” line.
Save the file and exit the text editor.
Right-click server name, then click “go online” from the menu. If you see “go offline”, it means you are already online.
Connect To Your Server
These are the steps to connect to your server. Ensure the hamachi server is already running before you connect.
Run the server file. Double click the java server file in the Minecraft server file to open the file’s command window.
Open Minecraft, then click play, then click multiplayer.
Click “add server”.
Enter the server name in the text box provided, then enter the server IP address in the space provided and click “Done”.
Once the server appears in the search result, select server, and click ” join server”. Wait for the server to load, and when prompted enter the password.
Once all these steps are completed, you can begin to enjoy playing Minecraft as a multiplayer game. Don’t forget to invite your friends so they can play too.
Knowing how to setup a Minecraft server with Hamachi makes it possible to create your own Minecraft server on the Java edition. You can enjoy the multiplayer game once your hamachi server has been setup and connected.