The “Open to LAN” feature in Minecraft allows you to host a local multiplayer game that others on the same network can join. Here’s how to use it:
- Start a Single-Player World: To use the “Open to LAN” feature, you need to be in a single-player world. If you’re not already in one, create a new single-player world or load an existing one.
- Press Esc (Escape): While in your single-player world, press the “Esc” key to access the in-game menu.
- Select “Open to LAN”: From the in-game menu, click on the “Open to LAN” button. This will open a new menu with options for setting up the LAN game.
- Configure LAN Settings: In the “Open to LAN” menu, you can configure the LAN game settings:
- Game Mode: You can choose the game mode (Survival, Creative, or Adventure) for the LAN game.
- Allow Cheats: You can enable or disable cheats for the LAN game. Enabling cheats allows players to use commands.
- Game Rules: You can set specific game rules for the LAN game.
- Start LAN World: Once you’ve configured the settings to your liking, click the “Start LAN World” button to open your world to the local network.
- Share the Game Port Number: After you start the LAN world, Minecraft will display a message indicating the port number the game is running on (e.g., “Local game hosted on port 12345”). Share this port number with the players who want to join your LAN game.
- Other Players Join: On other computers connected to the same local network, open Minecraft and go to the multiplayer menu. They should see your LAN world listed there. Click on it to join the game.
- Play Together: Once the players have joined your LAN game, you can all play together in your single-player world as if it were a multiplayer server.
- Close the LAN Game: To end the LAN game, simply exit your world. The LAN game will automatically close when you exit the single-player world.
Keep in mind that the “Open to LAN” feature only works on the same local network. Players on different networks or remote locations won’t be able to connect using this method. For remote multiplayer, you would typically need to set up a dedicated server or use a third-party hosting service.