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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.

Getting access to a server

Finding a server

The 'Join Game' tab

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:

  • Server list in Minetest: The easiest way to obtain a list of servers found within Minetest itself. You find it in the main menu under the tab “Join Game”.
  • Server list website: http://www.minetest.net/servers/ has the same server list as above, but you can view in your browser.
  • Minetest Forums: There is a subforum called “Servers” entirely devoted to servers.
  • Friends: If you know a friend who hosts a Minetest server, ask 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 in the “Join Game” tab in the main menu. In case you used the in-game server list, Minetest automatically enters those values for you.

Account registration

If you are new to a server, you need to register on that server. Minetest does not have centralised authentication, so you will need to register for every server you play on. Press the Register button and type in the username and password you want to use.

Player names have the following limitations:

  • Allowed characters are a-z, A-Z, 0-9, the hyphen (“-”) and the underscore (“_”)
  • The name must not be “singleplayer”
  • The name must have a length of 1-20 characters

The next time you log into the server, you will input the username and password you registered with and press the Login button.

Warning: There is also no automatic mechanism to recover a lost password. If you lost your password, it's tough luck for you. You could try to contact one of the server operators, but there is no guarantee they'll help you.

Logging in

The next time you log into the server, you will input the username and password you registered with and press the Login button.

Playing on the server

At the spawn of Switchboard PVP made by yngwie123
Playing on Just Test Tribute

Basics

The gameplay in a multiplayer server is basically the same as in a singleplayer game. The same rules apply. See Getting Started for gameplay-related concepts. Well, at least in theory.

In practice, every server is different. They can either just host the vanilla Minetest Game, or host Minetest Game with many crazy mods installed, or even host an entirely different game. Be prepared to be surprised! :D To see the game a server is running, you can check the gameid in the server list, and to see the modset it is running you can type /mods if it hasn't been disabled. If the server administrator is nice they may provide the game with modset for download somewhere.

Also, different servers are usually managed by different people, they also may or may not have rules which may or may not be enforced.

Useful things to know

In multiplayer servers, these things become more important:

  • Chat: learn how to communicate with other players
  • Privileges: learn what you can and can’t do on a server
  • Server commands: learn how to use server commands. They are also sometimes useful for players; for example, you can pulverize an item, teleport (if you are allowed to), and more
    • Find out more about the server with commands like “/mods”, “/privs”, “/status”.
  • The mods installed on the server
    • Take note of mobs, PvP (fighting “player-vs-player”), and server rules
  • Custom settings which may affect gameplay
  • When you press Esc, the game will not be paused like in single player mode

Also, you can generally connect to all servers, no matter how many mods they use or what game they host. All data (textures, sound, item/node definitions...) you need is downloaded automatically for you, you do not need to have the mods locally installed to be able to join a server running those mods.

Griefing and protection

“Griefing” and “protection” are two words you will read frequently when playing on servers.

Griefing” refers to the act of destroying, damaging, or vandalizing a building built by other players against their will. On some servers griefing is forbidden, on some servers it is allowed.

Protection mods are very common on servers. A protection mod is a mod which grants players ownership to certain parts of the world. Only the owner can add or remove blocks in an owned area. Protection basically eliminates griefing.

Managing a server

See Setting up a server for information running your own server.

See also