Beta (see availability)
Minecraft Realms is a work-in-progress feature that, put simply, allows players to create and manage their own private server with minimal work and without the hassle of managing a custom server. Hosted by Multiplay through Mojang,, Realms provides an easy and faster way to create Minecraft servers and allows the owner to manage their Realm from inside the game. Do take note, however, that Realms are not intended for large public servers, but for groups of friends or as a family server.
As Minecraft Realms is to the PC edition, Minecraft: Pocket Edition has a similar service, Pocket Realms, which is supported by Amazon and currently is a free limited version available to the same Alpha Testers as the PC version.
If you want info on how to manage a Realm, head down to the Owner's Guide section and read. If you have been invited to a Realm, scroll down a bit more to the User's Guide section.
Realms is still in development and is subject to a limited release to certain countries. A subscription can currently only be purchased when living in one of the following countries:
Unlike most things relating to Minecraft, to get Realms you must subscribe. Depending on which type of subscription you managed to obtain, you will have a different length on your subscription. See the below table for the exact counts.
No matter which type of subscription you obtain, it can be renewed via the link in-game (see Owner's Guide section for more.) If you follow the link, it'll take you to your Mojang account page, where from you can then choose to extend your subscription. Because of this, anyone wishing to buy a Realm must migrate their account to a global Mojang account (visit mojang.com for more info.)
|Type of Subscription||Length|
|MINECON 2013 Prepaid Card||30 days|
|Extension of Current Subscription||Depending on choice, either 30, 60, or 180 days|
|New Realm||Depending on choice, either 30, 60, or 180 days|
The two tutorials — "Owner's Guide" and "User's Guide" provide information on how to set up and use a realm, as well as how to join a realm.
- 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.
The menu screen for accounts that have access to Minecraft Realms.
Issues relating to "Realms" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.
Minecraft Realms has been in development since Minecon 2012, when Mojang revealed that they wanted to host their own servers. At the release of Snapshot 13w09b (released in March 2013,) about 100 active players were selected by a computer algorithm to test the first alpha version of Realms. Later on, with the release of Minecraft 1.6.4, new Alpha Testers were chosen. Also, if you went to Minecon 2013, you received a Minecraft Realms prepaid card, which could be redeemed on Mojang's website for one subscription to Minecraft Realms (the subscription is valid for 30 days). Finally, on December 18, 2013, Minecraft Realms Beta was made available to the public of Sweden.
 Version History
|1.5||13w09b||Added Minecraft Realms.|
|Only accessible to 100 beta testers.|
|1.5.1||13w11a||A few Minecraft Realms changes (exact changelog is currently unavailable.)|
|1.6.4||New beta testers chosen, using the same algorithm as the first round of testers were picked with.|
|1.7.4||13w47a||Modified config screen, added owner's face to the side of the realm's information.|
|1.7.5||Added Minigames feature.|
|1.8||14w02a||Toggled main menu button appearance by whether you have any up-to-date Realms.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.7.0||Added Pocket Realms. Only accessible to selected beta testers.|
|0.7.2||Fixed a few bugs with Realms.|
|0.7.6||Fixed a few more bugs with Realms.|
|The Play on Realms button is "moved" from the main menu to the options menu, where a Invited to Realms Alpha? option takes its place. Accounts with access to Realms will still have the Play on Realms button on the main menu if they are logged in to Realms.|
|0.8.0||Bug introduced where players can log in to Realms, but are logged out upon restarting the game.|
|0.8.1||Fixed above bug. Later on Realms has been shut down until the PC version is completely released.|