Setting Up a Minecraft Server Using Docker – Part 1

This is a quick tutorial demonstrating how to set up a local Minecraft server on Docker using Kitematic.


Create a Minecraft Server Container

First, if you haven’t yet done so, download and start Kitematic. Once installed and running, create a container from the recommended Minecraft image by clicking the “Create” button.


After the image finishes downloading, you’ll see the home screen for the Minecraft container. Your Minecraft server is now up and running inside a Docker container. Note that we’ve marked the IP and port you can use to connect to your Minecraft server in red (your IP and port may be different from what’s shown).



Connect to Minecraft server

Open your Minecraft client, log in with your Minecraft account and click on the “Multiplayer” button.


Click the “Add Server” button to add the Minecraft server you want to connect to.

Fill in the “Server Address” text box with the marked IP and port from Kitematic you saw earlier.


Click on the play button to connect to your Minecraft server and enjoy!


Change map using Docker volume

Open the “data” folder from Kitematic (You’ll need to “Enable all volumes to edit files via Finder”). We use Docker

Volume to map the folder from the Minecraft Docker container onto your computer.


The Finder will open, allowing you to replace your current map with the new one you desire.


Restart your container by clicking the “Restart” button.


Go back to your Minecraft client and join your server. The new map should load.


Next Steps – Deploying Your Minecraft Server


In our next post, we will discuss how you can deploy the Minecraft server created through Kitematic to the cloud so you can enjoy the game with your family and friends!



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