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Minetest servers allow players to play online with other people.
They can be run from a dedicated server, a Virtual Private Server or a home computer.
This is not a list of servers, please see the Minetest Server List or Minetest Forum servers section instead.
Managing a server
- Setting up a server in such a way so that others may connect to it via the Internet takes some time, and a little technical know-how.
- Netbooks and Notebooks generally don't make for good server machines due to the fact that they typically have lower-end hardware.
- Do not attempt to host a sizeable (over a few people) server on a wireless network, use a wired network instead.
For a detailed explanation of the server configuration file, see the minetest.conf page.
You may also want to consider to use a different database backend for your world.
See the Server commands page for a list of useful commands.
Also see Itemstrings for the itemstrings for use with the
See the privileges page for detailed information on the privilege system.
Playing on a server
Finding a server
In order to play on a server at all, you need to know the address and a port number of a server first.
There are many ways to find those addresses.
Public server list
Public server lists are basicly just lists of server addresses. You can obtain a list of available servers by multiple ways.
Inside the game
The easiest way to obtain a server list is inside the game. You find it in the main menu under “Multiplayer”.
In the web
This webpage contains a server list.
In the Minetest forums, there is a subforum called “Servers”.
The entire point of this subforum is to announce servers and their addresses. Also discussion of these servers.
If you know a friend who hosts a Minetest server, ask them for the address and port number.
Connecting to a server
If you have obtained address and the port number of a server, you just have to enter those values into the respective fields under “Multiplayer” in the main menu and click on “connect”, or press Enter.
In case you used the in-game server list, Minetest automatically enters those values for you.
You also need to choose a player name. Player names need to be unique on a per-sever basis.
Allowed characters are a-z, A-Z, 0-9, the hyphen (“-”) and the underscore (“_”).
The name must not be “singleplayer”.
Player names are also case-sensitive, so “Example” is not the same as “example”.
Some servers require:
- a default password for all new users, ask the server owner,
- or a non-empty password, to prevent account stealing.
Important: If you connect the first time to a server and set a password, the server will automatically and silently create an account for you, if you were able to connect successfully.
There will be no additional messages which confirm this account creation.
If you connect to this server again with this user name, you must enter the same password you have entered the first time.
Warning: There is no automatic mechanism to recover a lost password.
If you lost your password, you could try to contact one of the server operators, but there is no guarantee they'll help you.
That means: Write down your password before connecting for the first time to a server!
In the server
The gameplay in a multiplayer server is basicly the same as in a singleplayer game.
The same rules apply. See Getting Started for gameplay-related concepts.
However, in multiplayer servers, some concepts not very important in singleplayer are important in multiplayer:
- Privileges: learn what you can and can’t do on a server
- Chat: learn how to communicate with other players
- Server commands: learn how to use server commands.
Server commands are not just useful for server operators but for players as well;
for example, you can pulverize an item, teleport, find out about your privileges and more.
- The mods installed on the server, and the settings may affect gameplay.
- Take note of mobs ("monsters"), pvp (fighting "player-vs-player"), and server-rules !
- Find out with commands like "/mods", "/privs", "/about", "/rules".
See also: Server-Mods