My friends want to play Minecraft together, but they don't want to pay for a Realm. Is there any way to get around that?
You can run your own server, but you have to do a few things.
- Download server software from https://minecraft.net/download
- Port forward. This is a tricky step, so this tutorial will help. If you can't follow it, just search "how to port forward" into google.
- Find your IP address. If you have a static IP, then it will always remain the same. Chances are, however, that you have a dynamic IP. Two solutions: you either pay your ISP for a static IP, or tell your friends your new IP every time they want to play. To find your IP simply search "What is my IP" into google.
- If you've done everything correctly, when your friends type your IP address into the direct connect multiplayer box, they should join your server.
Have fun playing!