I went to multiplayer and pressed "New Server" I entered the name I want it to be and the address. I pressed done but it said "hostname not available"


"New Server" doesn't create a server; it just lets you add one to the list of servers you connect to regularly.

To create a server, you have to run the server executable, "Minecraft_Server.exe" or "minecraft_server.jar". Detailed instructions can be found on the minecraft wiki if you need more help getting set up or run into performance issues. If you are running the server on the same machine as the client, you can connect to "localhost" as the server address, or your own IP address.


If you want to create a LAN server to play with your buddies connected on the same network, create a single player world, then from the pause screen, select 'Open to LAN', as pictured below.

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    You probably won't need the info from open port whatever. Now your friend on the same network should be able to see your server when he clicks multiplayer. – Studoku Oct 7 '13 at 21:36
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    Just to clarify, this isn't the way to create an internet server, it's for a LAN server on your home network. If you're looking for an internet server, refer to Yamikuronue's answer. – Bryan Oct 7 '13 at 21:50

Five steps:

  1. Open to LAN
  2. It will give you a 5-digit port number
  3. Find your IPv4 Address using ipconfig in Command prompt (search CMD in search bar)
  4. If your IP address is 123.456.7.8, and LAN is 89072, then you will combine them to make something like: 123.456.7.8:80729
  5. Use direct connect and connect to the game
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    Step 4 is key, no one else typed the entire address out like you did. Step 2 should say "port number", which is the technical networking term and the reason for using the colon. – Noumenon Jul 18 '16 at 4:31

Go to your game menu and press "Open to LAN". Next, it will show your IP address. Write down the IP address, and go back to the title screen and click on multiplayer. Then, click on "Add server", name the server and then type in the IP address.


The following worked for me:

  • Locate your local IP address. You can view that here: https://www.whatismyip.com/ Your local IP address is different from your external IP address, which is what people commonly refer to when they say your IP address. Your local IP address is used inside a private network to locate devices inside it, where your external IP address is an addressed assigned by your Internet Service Provider when you connect to the Internet.

  • Start single player and click "Open to LAN" from the pause menu. It will print a port number, say 51831. If your local IP address is then join the two with a :: Share this address with your friend, and ask them to connect using "Direct Connection" from the multiplayer start menu.

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    That website shows your external IP address, though. And you've provided an example of an external one. – wizzwizz4 Jul 2 '19 at 21:18
  • Yeah, looks like you're right. I'm not very knowledge about networking, and forget why I wanted to make that distinction. I do remember some values I tried from the other answers did not work for me. – Ceasar Bautista Jul 2 '19 at 21:32
  • Your router forwards all IPs by default somehow, and your friend wasn't on your LAN. – wizzwizz4 Jul 3 '19 at 6:28

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