I like making command block contraptions. Occasionally, I make a contraption that I want to use on a multiplayer server (or offer to server operators), but I don't know of a way to test that it'll actually work.

I don't run a server that I can test on, nor do I want to have to get friends/family on this non-existent server in order to do tests and debugging. I also don't have op privileges on another server where I could do these tests (nor would I want to since it could disrupt the server). Finally, I only own one Minecraft account, and I'm not really interested in buying a second account just for the purposes of testing command blocks.

So given that, what's the best way for me to perform my testing and debugging? Is there a simple (and legitimate) way for me to add one or more players that I can control to my otherwise single player command block world?

  • Try them on yourself and use specific commands with coords and radius so you would not target unwanted players far away
    – BRHSM
    Apr 3, 2016 at 7:55
  • It really isn't that hard to run a localhost server - just need java and the server jar. It would require owning multiple accounts though (for multiple clients) unless you're willing to use a cracked client on your own local server (which is a valid option).
    – daboross
    Apr 3, 2016 at 9:40
  • @BRHSM: "I also don't have op privileges on another server where I could do these tests". Also, enforcing a radius on every command is at the very least impractical, and sometimes impossible.
    – MBraedley
    Apr 3, 2016 at 13:28
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    @DaboRoss: The issue isn't running the server, the issue is that there's only one player (me) on that server.
    – MBraedley
    Apr 3, 2016 at 13:29
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    Use two computers? Apr 3, 2016 at 15:09

4 Answers 4


What you could do to make your testing as real as possible is target entities with the @e selector in replacement of real players, and try testing your command blocks with entities like villagers.

For an example if you were trying to tp a player with /tp @p (Coordinates) You could replace @p or @a with @e to teleport entities.

@e should be effective for most contraptions involving players.

Note: This is how I test my contraptions unless I'm with a friend.

  • This is a good idea, but sometimes I need two or more players that are under direct control. For instance, clearing items from an inventory. Two actual players need to be present for testing, and I don't want to have to bug a friend to do debugging.
    – MBraedley
    Apr 3, 2016 at 13:31
  • For replacing @p, don't use @e without extras. Use @e[c=1], because that targets only the nearest entity, like @p targets only the nearest player. For simulating @a, which targets all players, @e without a c condition, which targets all entities, works fine though.
    – Egor Hans
    Aug 17, 2017 at 15:40
  • As of the issue, you can always use entities with inventory. Say, a chest minecart. Or do you want to test commands that are actually unusable on entities other than players, like playing sounds?
    – Egor Hans
    Aug 17, 2017 at 15:50

Way #1:

Open the Minecraft launcher 2x. Then log in on one of them into your account, in the other log into a 2nd account: Your friends, let's say. Just get the login info out of him somehow. Then launch bpoth Minecrafts

Way #2:

Try using for example a Pigman as a Player:

instead of @p will be @e[scoreboard-value, c=1]

Instead of scoreboard-value do:

First, create a dummy scoreboard objective:

/scoreboard objectives add selectMe dummy

Then, on a fast redstone clock, give all entities a selectMe score of 0:

/scoreboard players set @e selectMe 0

Give all players and items a selectMe score of 1 with these two command blocks:

/scoreboard players set @e[type=Player] selectMe 1

/scoreboard players set @e[type=Pigman] selectMe 1

Now, you can select them by targeting the closest entity that has a selectMe score of 1:


scoreboard source here.

  • See my comment on @Jason_'s answer.
    – MBraedley
    Apr 3, 2016 at 13:32

For the item aspect, maybe use an entity with accessible items, like a donkey or chest minecart. You will be able to apply inventory changes and see what they do to the inventory. For things like armor or shields being visible, use a zombie, skeleton, or villager, if you are not willing to test on yourself.

If you have an old computer and a second Minecraft account, then you could use that.

  • For the second point, he explicitly said the latter is not the case. And the first point on its own could right as well be a comment on the topmost answer. Like the one I added before I saw your answer.
    – Egor Hans
    Aug 17, 2017 at 15:52

Use a demo account to open LAN world, and your account log in

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