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If you want to play Minecraft online, you will need to find a server to multiplayer server to connect to. Minecraft servers are typically hosted over the internet and only reachable with the server’s external IP. This IP is a referred to as the server address and is used to connect to the server from the Multiplayer section on the Minecraft client. You will need to know the server address before hand since the Minecraft client does not offer a public index of these servers. One way you can obtain a server address is by visiting a Minecraft server listing site. Sites such as this offer thousands of servers to choose from with a variety of themes to enjoy.
As you review a listing, it will typically provide its server address which can be used to join the server. The server address can come in several forms, but ultimately they all serve the same function, to connect to the server. Let’s place a name and example of each address type so you know what you should be looking for.
Raw IP – A series of numerical vaules in a similar format i.e xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
Raw IP:Port – A series of numerical values and a service port i.e xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:xxxxx
Domain – A “mask” used to make the IP of a server easier to remember by pointing a domain i.e apexminecraft.com to the IP of that server, allowing you to use minecraft.com to connect to that server.
Sub-Domain – A child of a top level domain i.e play.apexminecraft.com
Once you’ve acquired the server address you can move onto connecting to it via your Minecraft client. When connecting to a server you have a couple options. You can either do a direct connect or add the connection to a local list for easy access. The direct connection method allows you to quickly connect to a server by entering in the server address and then clicking join. If you plan on visiting a server a lot then it’s best to bookmark the server by clicking the Add Server button.The following page will then ask your for a descriptive name for the server and its server address. Once set you can click done and the server will be quickly accessible.
In addition to quickly accessing the server, you are also provided important information like the version it’s using, the server ping and its MOTD (Message of the Day).
Despite its simple interface, the Multiplayer menu offers you powerful functionality over the servers you have bookmarked. If utilized correctly it can make