Is it possible to run a Minecraft server using an OSX Lion server? I know that this is a very basic question.

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Yes. You don't even need to have the Sever edition of Lion. Here is how:

  1. Download minecraft_server.jar from the Minecraft website
  2. Open terminal and paste the command listed below (there should be a space after -jar
  3. Drag the minecraft_server.jar into the Terminal window and type nogui. Then hit enter. Your server should start up.

Read this article on the Minecraft Wiki for more information.

java -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -jar
  • Command shown is missing a leading "java" and a trailing "minecraft_server.jar"
    – Olie
    Apr 16, 2013 at 18:41
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    @Olie - I fixed what you suggested. Next time, hit "Improve answer" and make the changes there (speeds up the process)
    – Kobi Tate
    May 5, 2013 at 22:41
  • Also, the missing "minecraft_server.jar" is normal. If you follow the instructions posted, it inserts the full file path.
    – Kobi Tate
    May 5, 2013 at 22:42

Sure is

Just down load the .jar sever file and run it with command line that minecraft suggests

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    Welcome to Ask Different! Can you add some detail to this answer? Where can the .jar and command be found? Are there any other installation or configuration steps? Please take a look at the FAQs for more info. Thanks. May 1, 2012 at 0:14

It is possible to run the Minecraft server on Mac OS X Lion Server as well as on Mac OS X Lion. Keep in mind that Mac OS X Lion Server is an additional package of server applications, services and tools on top of OS X Lion. You need it if you want any of the services provided by OS X Server.

If you intend to run the Minecraft server at all times, the proper solution is to start it as a deamon using launchd. See here.

This allows you to always get the Minecraft server running on system startup without having to open a user session. This way if your computer crashes and reboots you don't have to relaunch the server or login to automatically launch it.

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