Here’s my second Minecraft-themed post in the same amount of days. I would have made this article yesterday, but I wasn’t feeling all that great — or maybe I was so wrapped up in playing Minecraft that I just didn’t get around to it. Don’t judge! So here we are again today. Minecraft is a great single player game, in my opinion. It is more fun, however, if you play it with your friends. You have two options: Minecraft Vanilla from Mojang, which has no protection should you open it up to the public. The second option is Bukkit, which is also now part of Mojang. Bukkit allows you to create a multiplayer server without limits — seriously.
Bukkit has a lot of plug-ins for its recommended builds, and these plug-ins can be game-changing, like Industrialcraft, or they can be for server security, like NoCheat or PermissionsX. The point I made above is a relevant one. If you know what you want Minecraft to do or how you want it to act, you can build a Bukkit plugin that will allow a server to function that way. Bukkit is also working with Minecraft to bring developers the Minecraft API, but I think I’m getting a little ahead of myself here. Let’s talk about how to install Bukkit.
You have two options when installing a Bukkit server: The easy way and the “not for the faint-hearted” way. I will go through the simple way because — and I’ll be honest here — I don’t completely understand the other way. The other reason is because I’ve already got a server running via the simple method. I will deal with the Windows and the OS X versions in this article.
- Open up your browser and go to this forum post: Easiest Way to Install CraftBukkit
- Scroll down till you find Windows
- Click on Installer + Operating Panel
- Once the .exe has been downloaded, open the .exe file and follow its instructions.
- Enjoy playing with Bukkit!
Mac OS X Install
- Open up your browser and go to this forum post: AutoBukkitServer [Easy]
- Click on Download AutoBukkitServer!
- Once the file has been downloaded, open the file and follow its instructions
- Enjoy Bukkit!
Once you have installed Bukkit, chances are you will have to open ports on your computer if you want to make this server public. I don’t recommend that you open your computer up to the public unless you know what you’re doing. However, the information can be found at Port Forward if you are interested. Neither LockerGnome or I take any responsibility for your actions or any repercussions of those actions. I should also point out that you will use “localhost” as the IP to connect to your server. If you want other people to connect to your server, you will have to find your IP address, which can be found here: WhatIsMyIP.com/.
If you want to use the Bukkit server as a test bed for a server that you’re already operating, then I would suggest that you wait for the upcoming launch of Minecraft 1.3 because the client and server will be working together — or so it seems from the weekly snapshots.