Minecraft Realms, also known as Realms, is a work-in-progress feature that allows for paid public servers hosted by Mojang. Realms servers can also have a whitelist. Realms provide an easy and faster way to create Minecraft servers and allows more control for the creator. Minecraft Realms are not intended for large public servers but for groups of friends or as a family server.
Minecraft Realms have been in development since Minecon 2012, when Mojang revealed that they wanted to host their own servers.
The chosen players can create their own Minecraft worlds and invite up to 20 other players into their world, whether or not they were originally chosen to test. Mojang have stated that they are not sure about the player limit once it is publicly released, however Daniel Frisk stated that it was "optimized to allow up to 10 people into the world." Only one server can be made at a time if hosting. Players that are invited will have the Realms option appear on the screen, which then the invited players can enter and explore the world they were invited in.
For discussion relating to Minecraft Realms, please discuss it on the Minecraft Realms sub-forum on the Minecraft Forums, rather than on the talk page.
Minecraft Realms is not free. Rather, players have to subscribe to use the feature. The 100 beta testers have a subscription which lasts for 90 days. By viewing the language files in Minecraft via an editor, these lines can be seen:
If you are one of the 100 beta testers, or have been invited to join a realm by a beta tester, you will see a Minecraft Realms button on the main menu screen. The "Minecraft Realms" button is in the same place as the "Texture Packs" button was before (removed earlier in 13w03a). Clicking on it brings you to the screen above. The screen is very similar to that of the Multiplayer menu, with a few differences.
|Join Server||Joins a realm.|
|Create World||Creates a realm|
|Configure||Opens the configuration menu|
|More Info||Opens realms.minecraft.net in your default browser.|
Clicking on "Configure" brings you to the configuration menu. To the left, you have the Name and Description. To the right, you have a list of all the invited players.
|Edit||Edits the name and the description of the Realm.|
|Reset World||Allows you to reset the world. Resetting a world permanently deletes the old one. There is also an option to put in a seed when creating a new world.|
|Close World||Closes the world. Selecting yes will make the world unavailable to other players. Closing a world is the equivalent of stopping a server.|
|Subscription||Tells you the start date of the subscription, and how many days are left.|
|Invite||Invites a player to your realm. Type in the player's name to give that player access to your realm. The other player will then see your realm in menu.|
|Uninvite||Uninvites a player from your realm.|
|13w09b||Added Minecraft Realms.|
|Only accessible to 100 beta testers.|
|13w11a||a few Minecraft Realms changes.|
- The Mojang blog closing signature was signed // The Minecraft and Minecraft Realms teams instead of the usual // The Minecraft team starting with the blog Minecraft Snapshot 13w09a.