How To Find & Play On A Minecraft Multiplayer Server [Gaming]

Matt Smith 24-03-2011

Minecraft didn’t have much of a multiplayer feature when it was first made available. Over time however, multiplayer has been expanded and enhanced. Now it’s possible for players to play in creative or survival mode with people across the globe.


There’s just one problem. For all its enhancements, Minecraft doesn’t have a multiplayer server browser yet. If you’d like to connect to a server you need to know its web address, and you’ll have to find that on your own.

Finding A Minecraft Multiplayer Server

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The best place to find a Minecraft Create, Survive & Fight In The Online Game Minecraft Read More server is the Minecraft official forums. You’ll find two boards there, one for creative servers and one for survival servers.

Creative servers are cooperative. You won’t encounter monsters and you won’t have to worry about fighting other players. Your only goal is to do what the server type implies – be creative, build stuff, and have fun.

Survival servers, which are still a beta feature, replicate the single-player survival mode. The world is hostile and full of monsters, but is now full of other players as well. By default, anyone can attack anyone else on a survival server.


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The forums for both types of servers are basically the same. People who are hosting Minecraft servers make a post with their server’s web address and maximum player capacity. In order to join you simply copy-and-paste the web address into the multiplayer menu of the Minecraft client.

One thing that is notably lacking from this system however, is a way to make sure a server is actually running before you try to join.

Fortunately, there’s a site called that lists hundreds of multiplayer servers that you can join and play on. It’s wise to check a server’s thread before getting too excited, as players will complain about servers that are frequently down. The only thing worse than being unable to connect to a server is joining one, spending three hours building your first base, and then returning the next day to find that the server is unavailable.


Can I Play? Please?

Now you’re ready to join a Minecraft server, right? Well, not so fast.

If you simply try to randomly join servers that look attractive, you may have some problems. Why? Because many servers have what is called a whitelist. If you’re not on the whitelist you should be able to join the server, but you may be booted out shortly thereafter, or you may not be able to actually change the world (any block you destroy will instant respawn).

finding a minecraft server

Getting added to the whitelist is usually as simple as posting in the server’s thread or sending a forum message to the server’s owner. However, some of the more complex and popular servers actually require applications. You’ll need to state why you want to join, how often you want to play, and other information.


Then if you want to stay whitelisted, you better read the rules. While there are some “no rules” servers, they’re relatively rare. Most servers are trying to provide some kind of unique experience, and to do that they implement certain rules. Players might be expected to only attack other players outside of towns, for example. Or there might be rules against setting structures on fire, looting player chests, etc.


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Once you’ve found a server you want to play on, read a server’s rules and been whitelisted, you can connect and start playing. Shew! If that sounds like a lot of work, it is. I’ve seen veteran gamers throw their hands up in frustration trying to find a reliable server to play on.

Minecraft is unfortunately not a game where you can just hop into multiplayer any old time and start playing, but if you’re patient, it is a lot of fun. The biggest Minecraft multiplayer servers are essentially mini-MMORPGs with towns, economies, wars and more. They’re worth the time it takes to check them out.


Image Credit :MineStory server thread

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  1. Cranberry Gamer
    November 7, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Join this semi-vanilla server! Great community, big player settlements that keep expanding, and plugins like /home and /tpa make travel and trade easier!

  2. Minecraft Gamer
    January 21, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Does anyone want to play minecraft pocket edition with me?

  3. zak
    January 16, 2015 at 5:43 am

    When are you going to play minecraft

  4. db
    January 3, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    im sick to death of trying to conect or download or join a server why is it that to do anything with minecraft, you have to first download this , or download that thaen download something else, for instance what the heck is gt light,and how many other unwanted downloads come with that like trovi search and ilvid and a whole bunch of other stuf that messes up my desktop and search engines, is there some where can just download what i want without the risk of downloading something i dont know of?

  5. Lewishiscock
    June 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    come on my minecraft server (no killing)

    • asia
      November 28, 2015 at 1:28 am


  6. zwollner
    March 25, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Or you run your own server between you and friends, that's my preferred way. Here's our map:

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    Sometimes I'll jump in others just to see what people make.

  7. dustin
    March 25, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    i personally enjoy playing on the ( for more info) server. its not too popular, but thats what i love.

  8. MrJangles
    March 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Awesome to see a post on how to find the right Minecraft server because there's no easy way to do it. Maybe if you've found this post and you're still looking, check out Minecraft Addicts Creative Server and your search will come to an end :)
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  9. MrJangles
    March 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Awesome to see a post on how to find the right Minecraft server because there's no easy way to do it. Maybe if you've found this post and you're still looking, check out Minecraft Addicts Creative Server and your search will come to an end :)