Minecraft Realms: Are They Worth It?

Want a Minecraft server? Maybe realms will do!

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Playing Minecraft with friends can be difficult and costly, depending on how you set it up. Mojang wanted to make this entire process much simpler and created Minecraft Realms. This article looks at the technical side of Mojang’s answer to servers and playing over the internet.

What is a Minecraft Realm?

a screenshot of two characters in Minecraft

Minecraft Realms are Mojang’s answer to hosting a Minecraft server. Playing Minecraft with friends over the internet has never been easier. By paying the $7.99 a month to Mojang (or $3.99 for a server supporting up to 3 simultaneous players), a server will be set up.

Each server has the functions you would find in a typical Minecraft experience plus more. All of Minecraft’s various game modes (Survival, Creative, Adventure, and Spectator) are available. In additions, mini-games supported by Mojang are preloaded onto the Minecraft Realms setup.

Minecraft Hardcore Mode is not available to play on using Realms. (We’re hoping this will become an option in the future.)


Screenshot of Minecraft Realm configuration

A major plus side to using Minecraft Realms versus a third-party server is convenience. When optimizing a third-party server, you will more than likely need to go onto a website to adjust settings, hoping to find the perfect setup.

With Minecraft Realms, everything is optimized in the Minecraft client itself. If you want to invite a person to your server or switch to a mini-game that Mojang has provided, upload your own world, or customize anything else, you do it all in the client.

However, a major downside to using Realms is the lack of support for mods. As modifications to the game are a huge part of the Minecraft experience, this can cause problems for those of who would want to play something like the Aether Mod (for example) with their friends.


Screenshot of Minecraft Realm players

If you’re afraid to start a server because you think uninvited guests will destroy your world, worry not! When using a Minecraft Realm for your server, only players who are invited by you may join. The host can add and remove people from the whitelist with ease.

Worlds will also get automatically backed up for server safety.

Realms allow for up to 200 players to be invited and have access to your server, while only 10 can play at any given time.

In Conclusion

Minecraft Realms


Overall, Minecraft Realms are a worthwhile (and very official) answer to creating and managing a server for Minecraft if you’re wanting something simple.

If you’re interested in giving Minecraft Realms a shot, I would definitely consider doing it as it’s an amazing answer to many third-party server hosts.

However, Minecraft Realms is definitely not for everybody. If you’re into the scene of modding, you may want to stick with a host who allows those various adjustments.