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Is there a tool that will monitor Minecraft servers and notify you when they come online?

How hard would it be to make such a tool? How would you check without using the Minecraft client?

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up vote 12 down vote accepted

I think this is what your looking for : Minecraft Server Status Checker

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If you wish to write such an app, the base code that the accepted answer uses is here.

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wow I thought it would involve MC credential passing to the server but dam it really is so incredibly simple. – House Apr 15 '11 at 17:29

By default, the Minecraft server communicates via port 25565 - so check that port on your friend's server for activity perhaps?

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