how to direct connect to a lan world?

Click Start LAN World, and you’ll see a message that a local game has been hosted. Other players on the same network who wish to join can now start their game, select Multiplayer, and their computers should automatically detect the game.

*UPDATED* [1.18] How To Join a Minecraft LAN Server With Friends (Windows and Mac)

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“New Server” doesnt create a server; it just lets you add one to the list of servers you connect to regularly.

To create a server, you have to run the server executable, “Minecraft_Server.exe” or “minecraft_server.jar”. Detailed instructions can be found on the minecraft wiki if you need more help getting set up or run into performance issues. If you are running the server on the same machine as the client, you can connect to “localhost” as the server address, or your own IP address.

If you want to create a LAN server to play with your buddies connected on the same network, create a single player world, then from the pause screen, select Open to LAN, as pictured below.

Five steps:

  • Open to LAN
  • It will give you a 5-digit port number
  • Find your IPv4 Address using ipconfig in Command prompt (search CMD in search bar)
  • If your IP address is 123.456.7.8, and LAN is 89072, then you will combine them to make something like: 123.456.7.8:80729
  • Use direct connect and connect to the game
  • Go to your game menu and press “Open to LAN”. Next, it will show your IP address. Write down the IP address, and go back to the title screen and click on multiplayer. Then, click on “Add server”, name the server and then type in the IP address.

    The following worked for me:

    Locate your IP address by opening System Preferences > Network. Copy the IP address.

    Alternatively, find your IP address from the terminal:

    Then, start single player and click “Open to LAN” from the pause menu. It will print a port number, say 51831. If your local IP address is 10.0.0.217 then join the two with a :: 10.0.0.217:51831. Share this address with your friend, and ask them to connect using “Direct Connection” from the multiplayer start menu.

  • Start a Single-Player World

    The first step, if you haven’t already started one, is to create a single-player world. Pretty simple, under the “Singleplayer” tab, select “Create World” and then select your game options. There is no specific set of settings for your world; this will not affect your friend from later joining the game.

  • Open to LAN

    After you have started your single-player world, press “ESC” on the keyboard (for PC), and this will bring up the pause menu. Then, in the lower right corner, select the “Open to LAN” button, customize multiplayer options, then lastly select “Start LAN World” in the lower left corner, and a 5-digit LAN number will pop up in chat. Make sure that you remember it.

  • Find Your IPV4 Address in Settings

    How to Find your IPV4 Address Windows and MAC If you’re not sure what this is or how to find it, there are many helpful articles and videos on the web (should look something like 192.168.x.xx, numbers will vary).

  • “Direct Connect” to Server

    of The Direct Connect button in Multiplayer Tab Now call up your friend, (or whatever you use to communicate with them) and have them select the “Multiplayer” option on the home screen. Next, they need to click the “Direct Connect” option on the bottom of the screen. After they have the Direct Connect screen open, tell them to put in your IPV4 address (with periods and everything): When they have typed it in character by character, add a colon directly at the end of this string of characters. After the colon, they need to put in the LAN number you produced earlier; after you selected “Open to LAN” (There should be no spaces in between any of the numbers or characters). When you have completed all the steps above, tell them to select “Join Server” at the bottom, and watch the magic happen!

  • Often times, while attempting to play with your friends via LAN, you will be confronted with an error message that looks something like this. This can be very annoying, as this has happened to me too many times. There are a couple of ways to try and get around this roadblock;

    First of all, after you open “Direct Connect”, give it at least 45 seconds to fully load. I know, you can’t tell that it is loading due to the absence of a loading sign, however if you put in all of the information and try to join your friend’s game before the “Direct Connect” page is finished loading, it will give you an error.

    Secondly, especially if you are on Windows, the firewall can play a big role in preventing you from playing with friends. Try turning off your firewall, and try this again.

    **** REMEMBER TO TURN IT BACK ON AFTERWARDS! ****

    Lastly, you might want to try re-installing Minecraft. The main reason why this is not working is that after you “Direct Connect” to the server, your computer pings for the host – if it finds them, great, you can join them. However, if no computer or user is found with this LAN number/IPV4 address, then you will have no luck. By re-installing Minecraft, you can restart this process.

    A more detailed description of this process found here.

    3. Find Your IPV4 Address in Settings

    how to direct connect to a lan world?

    If you’re not sure what this is or how to find it, there are many helpful articles and videos on the web (should look something like 192.168.x.xx, numbers will vary).

    how to direct connect to a lan world?

    Now call up your friend, (or whatever you use to communicate with them) and have them select the “Multiplayer” option on the home screen. Next, they need to click the “Direct Connect” option on the bottom of the screen.

    After they have the Direct Connect screen open, tell them to put in your IPV4 address (with periods and everything).

    When they have typed it in character by character, add a colon directly at the end of this string of characters.

    After the colon, they need to put in the LAN number you produced earlier; after you selected “Open to LAN” (There should be no spaces in between any of the numbers or characters).

    how to direct connect to a lan world?

    When you have completed all the steps above, tell them to select “Join Server” at the bottom, and watch the magic happen!

    Often times, while attempting to play with your friends via LAN, you will be confronted with an error message that looks something like this.

    This can be very annoying, as this has happened to me too many times. There are a couple of ways to try and get around this roadblock;

    First of all, after you open “Direct Connect”, give it at least 45 seconds to fully load. I know, you can’t tell that it is loading due to the absence of a loading sign, however if you put in all of the information and try to join your friend’s game before the “Direct Connect” page is finished loading, it will give you an error.

    Secondly, especially if you are on Windows, the firewall can play a big role in preventing you from playing with friends. Try turning off your firewall, and try this again. ****REMEMBER TO TURN IT BACK ON AFTER!****

    Lastly, you might want to try re-installing Minecraft. The main reason why this is not working is because after you “Direct Connect” to the server, your computer pings for the host–if it finds them, great. You can join them. However if no computer or user is found with this LAN number/IPV4 address, then you will have no luck. By re-installing Minecraft, you can restart this process.

    If still none of this works for you or you are confused, check out a video on this by clicking here.

    Thank you for reading! I hope that this article is what you were looking for, and it helped you out. If you have any further questions or comments, feel free to email me at: [email protected]

    Java Edition[]

    To open an active single player world to LAN:

  • Open the pause menu
  • Click “Open to LAN”
  • Optionally change the default game mode and/or whether players may use cheats
  • Click “Start LAN World”
  • It is also possible to start a LAN world by the command line with /publish. It is not possible to change game options with this command.

    After a world has been opened to LAN, a confirmation message will be sent in the chat, for example: “Local game hosted on port 50000” This port may need to be provided to joining players to help them connect.

    On the technical side, a Minecraft client with an opened LAN game sends a UDP multicast to the local address 224.0.2.60:4445 every 1.5 seconds. Other clients then listen for this multicast to show your game in their multiplayer menu.

    If joining from the same local network, the game should appear in the multiplayer games list in the Multiplayer menu.

    If the game doesnt show in the list, it might still be possible to join. One will need to find the games port, and the local IP of the computer the hosts Minecraft game is running on.

    The games port can be found in the chat message sent in the host world after it was opened to LAN.

    The local IP of the host computer can be found in Windows 10 by opening the command line (press Start, type “cmd” then hit enter), typing the command “ipconfig” and pressing enter, and finding the IPv4. Other operating systems will differ. The local IP should be formatted like 192.168.1.1 or similar, and have 192.168 as the first 2 numbers. When the local IP and port are found, type them into the “Server Address” field (under either Direct Connect or in the Add Server dialogue), formatted like IP:port (e.g. 192.168.1.1:5000) to join the LAN game.

    Note: Using one Minecraft account on two or more computers will not work to join the same world.

    Players over the internet can connect to a LAN game if one forwards the games port on the hosts router. If done, people over the internet can connect to your game using your routers IP (which can be found by googling “what is my ip?”) in place of your local computers IP.

    Log Me In Hamachi can also be used to play a LAN game over the internet. Hamachi simulates a LAN between people across the internet.

    FAQ

    How do you Direct Connect to a LAN game?

    On the computer that is trying to join the LAN party, choose Multiplayer and then click Direct Connect. Step 6. Then enter the IP address and the game port number to make a direct connect.

    Can someone join a LAN world from far away?

    Yes! There is a way to do this. However it is slightly complicated. Even though most people think that LAN worlds only work on the same internet connection, it is possible to get someone farther away to connect.

    How do I connect worlds open to LAN?

    How to join a LAN world
    1. In Minecraft, click on the “Multiplayer” tab.
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the list, you should see a message that says “Scanning for games on your local network”.
    3. Once it finds the world, you will see a listing named “LAN World” with your friends username and the world name under it.

    How can my friend join my LAN world?

    How to join a LAN world
    1. In Minecraft, click on the “Multiplayer” tab.
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the list, you should see a message that says “Scanning for games on your local network”.
    3. Once it finds the world, you will see a listing named “LAN World” with your friends username and the world name under it.

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