I just purchased Minecraft, and I am trying to play Multiplayer. But when I click Multiplayer and it says looking for games on your local network, nothing comes up. Also, when I type in the exact server address, all it says is "unknown host".

What am I doing wrong?

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    Can you give an example of what kind of server address you're trying to connect to? Dec 26, 2013 at 19:39
  • What is the address of the server you are trying to connect to? If you copied/pasted it, it may have leading or trailing whitespace...
    – timelmer
    Dec 27, 2013 at 16:25

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Firstly, welcome to Minecraft. :)

After logging into Minecraft there's Singleplayer, Multiplayer, Languages, Options and Quit Game. Press Multiplayer and there'll be the page where everything will be. Head over to the forums to find a desired server (find a minigame server as those would usually contain many players and work well) and get the ip of the server. Some server ip will look like a bunch of numbers with fullstops inbetween, while others will be words with fullstops.

Click on Direct Connect and paste the ip in and join server!

More info: The ip pasted in Direct Connect will be there until you manually backspace it.

Use Add Server if you want to keep the server in the list (which will be seen right after you click Multiplayer) and you can give it a name.

Hope this helps!

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